We still can’t get BBC2 on digital, and all our channels are way down in the 800s (we’ll deal with that after the next re-tune date), but it paid its way for the first time on Saturday when I looked at the Radio Times and realised (a) New!Series!Primeval! (b) at 6pm and (c) it was now 6:45 pm.
“Ooh, +1,” I thought, happily, “Never been able to do that before” and rushed back to the kitchen to encourage dinner along its way.
Miraculously the chicken was cooked in time, the garlic bread didn’t burn and I had enough red peppers to serve as they were so I didn’t have to start chopping and cooking anything for the veg bit.
So we watched Primeval in all its formulaic clunky ITV glory, and thoroughly enjoyed it, although it has to be said there was rather more happy dissing of the plot than we generally get in Doctor Who.
(1) Nice to see Ben Mansfield still rocking those cheekbones
(2) Connor the grungy greaseball has washed his hair at some point since the last series
(3) My favourite moment of the episode was when the Monster of the Week dragged Connor underground and my thirteen-year-old said, “It would be funny if it was saying to Connor *puts on gruff alien voice* ‘I’m going to make you my Queen’. “ I nearly spat my tea all over the place. (There’s probably someone on a Primeval forum at this moment busy writing Connor/Future-Armadillo-thing).
(4) Favourite weekly trope: “At least there’s only one of them”. Er.
(5) What has Abby done to her hair? It used to be gorgeous and golden and smooth, but now it’s grey and tatty looking. The girl’s looking old, frankly. But why? OK, we’re all getting older, but couldn’t they at least give her nice hair?
(6) Ciarán McMenemin was awesome as Quincy in Demons but he’s just too bland in this. At least his boring old father has gone.
(7) Connor’s “new assistant”. Was it only me that clocked her as a baddie from the very first view? And it’s even more annoying to think how I knew: she’s plain, odd-looking, bordering on ugly. And deliberately so - she’s been given strange glasses and a hairstyle that’s just All Wrong. And we all know that they don’t allow any woman on television who doesn’t look fuckable unless she’s Bad. What the hell does this do to the developing libidos and subconscious future-partner assessment mechanisms of the boys watching this stuff? (I did make sure I pointed out to my boys how annoying it is that they do that.)
(8) In direct contrast, Philip Burton is obviously not on the side of the angels, but he’s quite normal looking. He has been presented as suspiciously smooth, almost oily, since the beginning, but not actually ugly.
That's all I can remember, sadly, as I didn't get a chance to post over the weekend.