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Like most passionate pundits, I assume I could do a better job in my chosen field than the decision makers, but television is one of the few subjects on which nearly everyone has an opinion, or theories for improvement. The most immediate changes would include to hire back Ross and Brand and vow never to bow to tabloid pressure again. Stop squeezing the closing credits to make way for plugs. Ensure clip shows only feature people who know what they're talking about. Bring back Saturday morning TV. Ask John Barrowman to stop shouting. Allow Charlie Brooker to do whatever he wants. Rebrand Sky Arts -which shows some great documentaries- into a new BBC4.

“Both BBC and Channel Four are sitting on vast and exciting archives of great, interesting creative output which hasn't been seen in ages...” Curb the amount of programmes about fat people and vile kids (or 'challenged' kids as the media likes to say), and let's not call this sort of stuff documentaries anymore(that puts it into the same category as Spellbound or Bowling for Columbine). Move any programme about people buying houses away from primetime and dump it into daytime where they belong leaving primetime free for original scripted programming. Develop an intelligent interesting daytime show like Ellen or Oprah to replace Useless Women. No more 'padding' shows (like Wife Swap:Aftermath, Big Brother's Little Brothers' Big Mouth Extra). And , of course, create more one-off quality dramas, such as those seen on BBC4 and broadcast them on BBC1 or BBC2 where they can find a decent size audience.

Top of the list though, and the one heard most often, must be to reduce the number of channels. Out of the hundreds of channels available, only a few have any real identity broadcasting significant output, and only a handful distribute anything close to original programming, an increasingly rare concept amongst British satellite. One channel unloads its repeats onto another and the rest just act as a dumping ground; Gold passes stuff onto Dave, ITV2 onto ITV3. It's understandable that television must rely on repeats to bulk up the schedules, but why must it be the same few repeats in constant rotation? Both BBC and Channel Four are sitting on vast and exciting archives of great, interesting creative output which hasn't been seen in ages and surely every TV fan can think of a programme they'd love to see again but instead we're stuck with the usual faces on the same old programmes as television is constantly diluted and regurgitated... REECE

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WIN a copy of the The Lair: Season One DVD box set

Season One box set available from TLA on 2nd February, £14.99rrp Exclusively created for the American gay cable network Here! this campy, sexy, gothic six-parter is pure soapy guilty pleasure, more sexed-up Dark Shadows than gay Buffy. A reporter for a local newspaper becomes entangled in a series of odd events which all seem to be connected to a 'private sex club' called The Lair. The club is overseen by Peter Stickles (Shortbus), who seems to believe the reporter painted his Dorian Graylike portrait over 200 years ago, and is a den for the undead. No rotting zombies here, though, only the hottest flawless undead need apply. Directed and created by Fred Olen Ray (the straight-to-video auteur

behind 1980's hits like Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers) and featuring porn star Colton Ford (clothed but hot in a cops uniform and, yes, he can act) the melodrama is played relatively straight-faced, never verging into self-conscious camp. The pace needs picking up, though, and the minimal adult movie sets as well as the over-done tendency for vampires to really tip their heads back to bear their fangs cheapen the production. The cable-level bare-assed sex scenes are uninspired when too often accompanied by a porn soundtrack the rock soundtrack works a lot better- but The Lair remains a surprisingly more-ish and original attempt to create something different for the gay market. REECE

Courtesy of those generous folks at TLA Releasing, we’ve got a copy of the sexy vampire drama The Lair: Season One to give away to a lucky reader. To be in with a chance, just tell us the names (first names will do!) of the prominent lesbian couple from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Send your answers to the address on page 4, or email them to: grahame@lgf.org.uk 45


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