I'm being a programme associate in just under an hour. I've never been that before, and always wondered what one did. Now I know, of course, I'm sworn to secrecy; but I can tell you it involves a computer, and coffee. Anyway, the programme with which I am associating myself with is 10 O'Clock Live, with David Mitchell, Charlie Brooker, Jimmy Carr and Lauren Laverne; and from what I've seen today, I think it's going to be rather good. It's Thursdays on Channel 4 from tonight for 15 weeks (though I'm not doing it every week.) I shall leave what time it's on as an exercise for the class.
We now know when the third series of Cabin Pressure will be broadcast: Fridays from the 1st July. Still don't know when it will be recorded, I'm afraid, but sources close to, well, me indicate it's unlikely to be before March. (The delay is not my fault, by the way. It's not anyone's fault. But one of the people whose fault it's not is mine.)
Today, I noticed that there is a village on the Isle of Man called Kirk Michael. The island's capital, of course, is Douglas.
Posted by John Finnemore at 1:08 a.m.
Last year, I was in a show directed by a South Korean director whom, because I stepped into the show during its run, I didn't actually get to meet. Nevertheless, he very kindly left a gift for the show's writer to pass on to me when I arrived. Specifically: a pair of child's socks, featuring a cross pig, either sweating or crying.
I've just realised that, because of the Olympics, I'm entirely used to reading '2012' as Twenty Twelve; and yet calling this new year 'Twenty Eleven' still sounds odd and wrong. Also, I bet an anachronistic mistake that film-makers in 2090 will make when making films set in the past decade is that people will refer to 2009 as 'Twenty Oh Nine', because once it's out of living memory, it won't occur to anyone that we (mostly) went on calling it 'Two Thousand and Nine' for at least the first eleven years of the century.
New year - new blog policy. I'm going to put stuff up here more often, and of more types; but therefore some things will be quite small and inconsequential, like this one. Also, I'm going to start putting drawings up again. I did that once before, then almost immediately got embarrassed by them and stopped. But I really want to get better at drawing, and the way to do that is to practice.
Happy New Year!
Posted by John Finnemore at 11:17 p.m.