TV - Steve's TV Five A Day: Day Four

TV Five A Day

Steve Taylor-Bryant gets involved in social media games again, we do try and stop him, honest...

There have been a couple of great sharing ideas on social media recently and being the naturally lazy man I am instead of thinking up my own ideas for articles I have selfishly stolen other people’s ideas to fill these pages. One of my favourite ideas I stole from author Alec McQuay who in turn stole it on Twitter from @MiloBOK. It is a month of tweeting various things each day about television shows and your memories and thoughts. I don’t like doing just one thing a day though, so I am cheating (surprise, surprise) and I am putting the entire month’s choices into a few days. So here is your fourth “Five-A-Day,” otherwise known as Days 16 -20…


Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show…

Anyone who knows me knows about my utter contempt for modern television “reality” shows and talent competitions. I honestly believe that once we as a world accepted Simon Cowell into our lives that the end of days began and we are in our current turmoil because we let ourselves get dumbed down by a moron with no taste in music. That being said I love to watch The Voice. Oh come at me…





Day 17 – Favourite miniseries…

What exactly are we calling a miniseries? Three episodes? Six episodes? What’s the difference between a miniseries and a limited series? There is quite the grey area here and even Google brings up different versions and so I can’t get a definitive answer. The ruling I like the most though is from www.quora.com and states that a miniseries is a short amount of episodes to tell one story that includes a beginning, a middle and an end. So in that case I am going for The Honourable Woman. The Maggie Gyllenhaal political spy thriller was incredibly well written and Gyllenhaal, along with Stephen Rea, really hold your attention as various subplots play out. It’s a great way for television to show what can be achieved when supposed Hollywood stars leave the big screen for a while.





Day 18 – Favourite title sequence…

There is so many great opening sequences. Some are great imagery, some are all about the theme tune, very few though manage to tie both imagery and kick ass music together better than Airwolf. Admit it you are now humming the tune and running around the room thinking you are Stringfellow Hawk aren’t you? No? Just me then.





Day 19 – Best television show cast…

Again with a tough question! I don’t want to sound like a broken record but when it comes to absolute perfect casting you would struggle to beat The West Wing. From Martin Sheen’s president through to Josh Lyman’s assistant, there is not one weak member of the cast. Rob Lowe particularly impressed as I hadn’t really seen him do anything other than teen movies before I watched The West Wing, Sheen obviously was great as always, my love of John Spencer is well known, but actors I wasn’t that familiar with stuck with me even after the show came to an end. Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, and Allison Janney still get watched by me in anything they do. I regularly rewatch episodes of L.A. Law to get my Jimmy Smits fix. From the very top to the occasional appearance the great casting is why The West Wing was as successful as it was for so long.




Day 20 – Favourite kiss…

Really? I’m not sure this should be a question in any list, who actually cares about people kissing on a television show. Josh and Donna on The West Wing though…



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