November 17th, 2011

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Rev Returns, Thursdays BBC2 9pm


Belatedly, I have found out that Rev returned to our screens last week (Sorry Rev, sorry Tom Hollander). So I have missed the first episode but the second episode is today (Thursday) at 9pm on BBC2.

I love Rev! It is genius. The writing is sharp and witty. Tom Hollander is brilliant. The ensemble cast are outstanding. And it tackles hard-hitting social issues in a light entertainment programme.

Rev is here:

Here is a high quality feature article on the show:

Like Sherlock, Rev appeared on UK screens for the first time in 2010. Like Sherlock, it has been commissioned for a second series (unlike Sherlock it has made it back onto our screens in 2011!). Like Sherlock, it is the BBC. Like Sherlock, it is f**king genius. I want to get behind Rev and promote Rev. Go Rev!

So what is it all about?

Cut and pasted from the BBC website:

Rev is a sitcom about a vicar running a modern inner-city church, with a reluctant wife and a depleted, motley congregation. The Rev. Adam Smallbone is a Church of England Vicar, newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the busy, inner-city world of St Saviour’s in East London. It’s a world he has little experience of. And it shows. It really shows.

Anybody can and does come into St Saviour’s – and into Adam’s life. From scheming MPs trying to educate their children on the cheap to Colin, a heavy drinking, unemployable lost soul who is Adam’s most devoted parishioner. Then there’s Mick, the local crackhead in need of £20 to visit his ‘dying mother’ in Southend… She’s died three times in the last 12 months. Every day throws up a moral conflict for our vicar. Adam’s door must always be open to urban sophisticates with ulterior motives, the chronically lonely, the lost, the homeless, the poor and the insane. All are welcome at St Saviour’s and Adam can’t turn any of them away. Even if they’re clearly lying, mad or just very annoying. In addition to caring for his flock Adam has to worry about the financial burden of running a huge, decaying building – with a smashed stained glass window – and a dwindling congregation. He has to contend with hopeless volunteers, ambitious church rivals, the sinister attentions of the Archdeacon and the romantic attentions of Adoha, a renowned ‘cassock-chaser’ and church regular. Even his supposedly supportive Lay Reader Nigel is a pedantic careerist who thinks he should be running the place himself.


Also just belatedly realised that the photo above would make a GREAT new brand identity for The Umbrella Organisation! - It is going on the sidebar.
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Sherlock Holmes stories free on audiobook CD in The Telegraph

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With thanks to Roger Johnson, the Editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal, for alerting me to this:

Collect seven free Sherlock Holmes audiobook CDs, written by Arthur Conan Doyle and read by Derek Jacobi, with The Telegraph November 19 - 25.

Free inside Saturday's paper, November 19, investigate the disappearance of the champion racehorse, Silver Blaze.
Free inside The Telegraph on Sunday, November 20, discover the true nature of The Red-Headed League.
Followed by another five free audiobook CDs of the most popular Sherlock Holmes stories – available each day with The Telegraph.

Weekday CDs are available from WHSmith High Street locations and other participating stores, subject to availability. Running time: Average 75mins, one story per disc.

Saturday November 19th - CD ONE - Silver Blaze
Sunday November 20th - CD TWO - The Red-Headed League
Monday November 21st - CD THREE - The Adventure of the Speckled Band
Tuesday November 22nd - CD FOUR - A Case of Identity
Wednesday November 23rd - CD FIVE - The Five Orange Pips
Thursday November 24th - CD SIX - The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
Friday November 25th - CD SEVEN - The Final Problem
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Art By Offenders, Secure Patients and Detainees

I saw this exhibtion today and it is excellent. Highly highly highly recommended.

It is free. But it closes on Sunday 20 November (this Sunday) so if you want to see it, go and see it now!

Whilst you are visiting the exhibition, check out the SERCO Pop-Up Art Sale in the White Room in Spirit Level. It has hundreds more artworks from this year's Koestler Awards for sale, ready to take away. There is some great art and sculpture available for sale at very affordable prices. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork are split between the artist, Koestler Trust and Victim Support. It is a great place to go to get unique one-off artpieces for special friends and family in the run-up to Christmas.

Cut and pasted from the Southbank Centre website:

Fascinating in theme, remarkable in artistic quality, and always moving, this is the UK's annual showcase of visual arts, film, music and writing by prisoners and others in secure settings. This year's exhibition is curated by a group of magistrates - a groundbreaking exploration of judgement, art and crime. A partnership between the Koestler Trust, Southbank Centre and the Magistrates' Association.

The exhibition is on Spirit Level and Level 2 Foyers at the Royal Festival Hall and is open from 10am to 11pm daily.