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Agnethe:Abba and After BBC 1, 10.35pm.

I grew up with Abba. I know that’s kind of sad, I wasn’t a rock- and- roll- wild child, into heavy metal, or even a Satanist. I listened to the charts on the radio, but not religiously. The first album I ever thought about buying was ‘Bat Out of Hell’ and it had been Number 1 for about 50 weeks and I had to ask who the singer was. I was so uncool I watched the Eurovision Song Contest and I remember Abba winning it with Waterloo. Abba have sold...

Denise Ross

End of The Fall-- very disappointing. I was looking forward to it all being wrapped up, but there’s going to be another series. Dates on Channel 4 was quite good. I missed the start of Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012) directed by Alex Gibney BBC 4 10pm, but it was easy to catch up. Priests commit paedophilia. Priests are protected by the church. It follows the case of four deaf men who brought a case against the priest that...

Skint, Channel Four.

I watched the first ten minutes of this last week. I didn’t even get to the first ad- break, because I know how the story goes. It’s a Shameless and Marv the junkie and Bullet the dog package that shows things might be bad with unemployment, poverty, crime and neglect, but that’s just my story, at least I’m not on television making-do. So here we had the junkie ‘shoppers’, nicking things for Dean Bell his wife and extended family of children and...

Uefa cup final. Chelsea 2 – 1 Benefica

I watched this with interest. Benefica were in Celitc’s Champion’s league section. We drew 0-0 with them at Parkhead in the first game. It was neither a bad or good result. I felt if we went at them we could have won. They beat us easily in Lisbon. Because Chelsea won the European cup last year and because they are one of England’s premier teams I thought they’d win. I was right and wrong. Benefica were the better team and in the first half in...

The Fall, BBC 2 9pm created by Alan Cubitt.

The Fall, a contemporary thriller set in Belfast Northern Ireland, is shown on RTE and on BBC 2. Alan Cubbit is credited as creating the four part series. I’m not really sure what creating it means. Is he, for example, the writer or producer, does he own his own production company that sold the storyline or did he make the drama himself and sell it to RTE and BBC? Whatever he did, it’s quite gripping. With Belfast as a backdrop you expect...

A Bronx Tale, BBC 2, 11.30,

Released 1993, written by Chazz Palmaterri directed by Robert De Niro and starring Robert De Niro and Chazz Palmaterrri. It’s 1960 in the Bronx and everything is Italian. Lorenzo Anello (Robert De Niro) drives a city bus for a living. His son Calogero (Francis Capro, aged 9) sometimes jumps on and accompanies him, to chat about baseball and be with his dad. But he’s a smart kid. When his dad drops him off and waits until he goes upstairs to the...

FA Cup Final: Wigan 1 Manchester City 0.

I got up late. Laughing Boy phoned and asked if I was going out to watch the football. Usually that would be a given. Celtic’s last league game at Parkhead this season. It’s on Sky. The pubs are open and I could expect to be steamin-drunk by half-time since I’m a bit of a lightweight and that’s 45 minutes of valuable drinking time. But I couldn’t be arsed, which is the Celtic equivalent of a mortal sin and despite ten minutes of badgering I...

Bankers, BBC 2 9pm

This is the first of three parts. ‘Fixing the System’ focussed on the fallout from the London Interbank Offer Rate (Libor) Scandal and in particular it focussed on Bob Diamond at Barclays, an unapologetic banker’s banker. In old- fashioned times a promissory note could be exchanged for an equal amount of gold coins, money was issued by the mint. Money was something you could get your hands on. Shaving a bit off Her Majesty’s currency was liable...

Ben Earl Trick Artist. Channel 4, 9pm.

The trick was I watched this at 10pm after watching The Genius of Marie Curie. We all know that she won the Nobel for Physics and later the Nobel for Chemistry, and the half-life of uranium is 16 000 years. What is the half- life of TV fame? Ben Earl’s TV stunts are undoubtedly brilliant. I can’t explain them, but I can’t explain a lot of things. I can’t explain, for example, why Kylie is so cute, but her sister isn’t. I can’t explain what I...

The East End Butcher Boy by Joe Lawrence (Jolono)

I read this on Kindle. I prefer paper but it was kinda apt reading it electronically as I'd already read most of it on abc tales. It's a short book; a few hours reading. But since I love books that's not a chore and this is a love story. It's a page turner in a book without pages. Young Joe, aged 14, got a part-time job as a butcher's boy. His gaffer was Roy and he showed him all the world had to offer- and it was there for the taking -for those...

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