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We’ve added some iCal views to BBC Programmes

posted by Duncan at 8:41 pm on July 17th, 2008

I thought I’d do a spot of PR on some work we have just pushed out. I have written about it on the BBC Radio labs blog, so I’ll just be brief here.

Basically, we have added a bunch of iCalendar views of the /programmes data. You can for example subscribe to an iCal view of the 6 Music schedule, or episodes on the BBC that are coming up, that belong to the genre Sport/Golf. What this means is, that your calendar of choice would then display this information along with your regular calendar data. So you would know that:

  • 09:00 Go Swimming
  • 12:00 Lunch with Ellen
  • 19:00 Gardeners World – BBC One London
  • 21:00 Tom Robinson – BBC 6 Music

Pop along to the link above and check them out for yourself, I’d be interested to here what you think are good .. or bad about them. Below is a screen-grab of some subscriptions as seen in Google Calendar.

Google Calendar

[UPDATE]: Just want to be clear on the webcal and http parts of the url. If you are using copying and paste to add the iCal link into Google Calendar, Apple’s iCal etc, then the link can start with http just like any other. If on the other hand you are providing the link for someone to click on, if you start it with webcal, and the user is on a machine that understands what that means (Mac and PC if you configure it) it will do the right thing. If you’re not sure, use http://…etc.

Arrested Development 3rd Series

posted by Duncan at 8:31 am on July 18th, 2006

I’ve just had the pleasure of watching the final series of Arrested Development (I don’t have SKY). I’ve mentioned the previous series of this fantastic sitcom before and the third series doesn’t disappoint. It picks up where the last one left with Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) searching for his runaway father, George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) and GOB (George Oscar Bluth II; pronounced “Jobe”) played by Will Arnett gets an invitation to a father/son reunion outing, and believes it to be George Sr. trying to contact him.

Arrested Development

There are new characters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Charlize Theron, and Amy Poehler play recurring characters, but my favourite purely for his character name is Scott Baio as attorney Bob Loblaw (pronounced, “Ba blah blah”), a replacement for Barry Zuckerkorn (Henry Winkler), in part, because he “skews younger” (an allusion to Baio’s “Happy Days” character “Chachi,” who was brought in to inject youth into the aging Winkler’s “Fonzie”). There is also a strange James Bondy type flavour in the early episodes.

For the best experience you really should watch these shows in batches as one show rolls straight into the next. Boo Hoo that this is the last series.

RIP Ronnie Barker 1929-2005

posted by Duncan at 1:50 pm on October 4th, 2005

So sad to hear of his passing away. We were fed on a diet of Ronnie Barker and his ilk when I was growing up and it brought me much happiness. I’ve tried to use his jokes on many occasions, not quite to the reception I’m sure he got when he told them.

Ronnie Barker

He will be sorely missed.

Arrested Development Rules

posted by Duncan at 1:32 pm on June 4th, 2005

So many people are missing out on this hilarious show. Arrested Development is the story of a wealthy family, who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. It really is a work of genius. I saw the show first on BBC FOUR, and then on BBC 2. I highly advise anyone who hasn’t seen it to buy it now and your life will be better for it.

Derren Brown’s zombie arcade

posted by Duncan at 2:04 pm on May 8th, 2005

I watched Derren Brown’s trick of the mind show on Friday. Up to this point, I’d really liked the new stuff (Though I wasn’t really into the Russian Roulette thing he did a while back). I feel I should write about a trick on the show he did this week where he worked with a software designer and created a ‘zombie arcade game’ which was filled with lots of flashing lights and imagery that could possibly put someone into a catatonic trance. They then stuck this game in a pub with cameras all around and waited for some unsuspecting punter to come and play it.

After a while someone came along and actually played the game. After some time and a few well placed flashes n sounds later the guy slumped into the game and looked asleep. Brown came out and stuck this guy on a stretcher and then wheeled him of to a studio close by that was set up to look exactly the same as the environment the character he was playing in the game was in, they also had actors to play the games character parts. They gave this guy the same gun he had when playing the game and then went of to a control room and woke the guy up.

To say he was freaked out was an understatement. He looked absolutely terrified with all these made up zombies coming towards him. After shouting and screaming he finally started using his gun (all be it of the paint-ball variety) and tried his hardest to get out of there. All this time Brown and some of the guys friends *nice friends* watched from the control room. There came a point where the zombies were overpowering the guy and at that point Brown stepped in and ended it by putting the guy back under and wheeling him back to the pub and putting him back next to the game and waking him up. He was then shown the film etc and program ended.

I actually found this whole trick completely wrong and quite sickening. I don’t actually believe that the whole incident is completely erased from that guys mind, and the trauma in must have coursed is immense. The poor guy did not asked to be involved in this trick he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I have since read that scenes where cut from this show because the guy was screaming so much. I got no enjoyment from watching someone be physically terrified on air. Shame on you Mr Brown for tarnishing what is an already entertaining program.

Rainbow fun

posted by Duncan at 10:31 am on February 25th, 2005

For those of you who don’t know, “Rainbow” was a credible childrens TV show from the 70′s and 80′s. This clip was actually broadcast and watched by millions.

I used to watch rainbow as a child and loved it. It’s great to know that I could re-watch it now and have as much fun for completely different reasons.

Cops and Robbers

posted by Duncan at 8:15 pm on February 17th, 2005

I came home from work tonight and found half the MET outside my flat. As you can see from the photos, we had the the police, firemen and the bomb squad.

I shat myself initially but quickly realised they weren’t telling anyone to leave the area *strange* and people were wondering about. After a few photos and much staring I soon spotted the camera and the lighting rig.

Turns out they were filming The Bill, which I have to admit I never watch. Look at for my our flat in the next episode.


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