P305 Teletext 305 Dec11 23:16:49   JEREMY    JEHU  ———————————————————————————————  LOST FOR WORDS - John Humphrys So the dan to urf Beeb geez sez hanging participles are like cool now, but he disses split infinitives what are still like, really dump. An' I'm like: "What? Rules are rules. This is like so confusing." An' he goes: "Chill, it so doesn't matter. S'long as it sounds mega, it's awesome, innit?" An' I go: "It's just the politicians you're winding up again, innit?" An' he goes: "Yeah!" With me so far, people? ——————————————————————————————————1/11— TE book of the week Get RAZORLIGHT & other tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 Events Comps Planet TV Guide
P305 Teletext 305 Dec11 23:12:50   JEREMY    JEHU  ———————————————————————————————  LOST FOR WORDS - John Humphrys Ariefly, the purpose of this stocking filler by the veteran BBC troublemaker is as puzzling as the yoofspeak he claims not to mind. Clearly his publishers fancied this year's Eats, Shoots And Leaves. Lynne Truss did grammar so Humphrys's ambitious brief is the entire English language, written and spoken. But where Truss was rigid about rules, Humphrys bins them willy-nilly. ——————————————————————————————————2/11— Published by Hodder & Stoughton £14.99 FRANK PILKINGTON'S LOVESTARS ON YOUR MOBILE - p108 Events Comps Planet TV Guide
P305 Teletext 305 Dec11 23:17:12   JEREMY    JEHU  ———————————————————————————————  LOST FOR WORDS - John Humphrys Read this as the new Eats, Shoots And Leaves and it will confuse you. Lynne Truss wrote a witty instruction manual - a useable self-help book. Humphrys hasn't. He doesn't like split infinitives but reckons verbless sentences and participles and prepositions in all the "wrong" places are just dandy. His message isn't "learn the rule" but "do what I say" even if what he says seems contradictory or just wrong. ——————————————————————————————————3/11— Win a gardening prize 347 C4 HOW TO CONTACT TELETEXT p109 Events Comps Planet TV Guide
P305 Teletext 305 Dec11 23:17:29   JEREMY    JEHU  ———————————————————————————————  LOST FOR WORDS - John Humphrys Humphrys defends seemingly inarticulate teen-speak on the grounds that it is lively and conveys exactly the intended meaning. When he contrasts it with the flat, mangled verbiage of experts and officialdom his book's true agenda begins to emerge (he dismisses "agenda" as a lazy hack's cliche, by the way). This is not a self-help book. Humphrys is an old warhorse. Surprise, surprise, he's written a political rant. ——————————————————————————————————4/11— Win cinema tickets 147 ITV1/307 C4 HOW TO CONTACT TELETEXT p109 Events Comps Planet TV Guide
P305 Teletext 305 Dec11 23:17:41   JEREMY    JEHU  ———————————————————————————————  LOST FOR WORDS - John Humphrys Twenty years after 1984, Humphrys warns against the Orwellian way politicians are stealing our ability to think by robbing language of meaning. Beneath the dry wit, this is no seasonal diversion. It's an apocalyptic warning about the way we unwittingly allow English to be used as a weapon against us. His plea for clarity and meaning deserves Truss-sized sales. For our good as much as his. 4/5 ——————————————————————————————————5/11— Win Incredibles shirts 147 ITV1/307 C4 HOW TO CONTACT TELETEXT p109 Events Comps Planet TV Guide
P305 Teletext 305 Dec11 23:17:02   JEREMY    JEHU  ———————————————————————————————  JOHN PEEL - Michael Heatley Reviewing Mick Wall's "tribute" to the late DJ last week, I was sniffy about claims that these instant biographies exploit his memory. In Wall's case, my view hasn't changed. I'm not so sure about this. The difference was that Wall's book was exactly what it claimed to be - a fond, spontaneous tribute. This is a harder, more assuming and less likeable effort. To Wall, his subject is "John". To Heatley, he's "Peel". ——————————————————————————————————6/11— Published by Michael O'Mara £14.99 HOW TO CONTACT TELETEXT p109 Events Comps Planet TV Guide
P305 Teletext 305 Dec11 23:18:18   JEREMY    JEHU  ———————————————————————————————  JOHN PEEL - Michael Heatley Both books by Mick Wall and Michael Heatley recycle exactly the same anecdotes, largely supplied by Peel, who talked a lot about himself. Heatley's telling of them is colder and more distant, however, as if he fears some dark secret will emerge to make him look silly later. In a book shorter than Wall's, he devotes the space saved by his less fulsome style to closer analysis of Peel's musical legacy. ——————————————————————————————————7/11— TV news and interviews 130 HOW TO CONTACT TELETEXT p109 Events Comps Planet TV Guide
P305 Teletext 305 Dec11 23:18:31   JEREMY    JEHU  ———————————————————————————————  JOHN PEEL - Michael Heatley Heatley is a "music historian". The rather unsavoury undertone (pun intended) of his book is how much he wants us to know it. Where Mick Wall is cheerfully self- effacing, Heatley tries to play the magisterial biographer. His tone might have been appropriate in a more considered biography published much later. Here it smacks of the sort of self-promoting opportunism Peel's family calls tasteless. 1/5 ——————————————————————————————————8/11— Dream holidays 170 ITV1 HOW TO CONTACT TELETEXT p109 Events Comps Planet TV Guide
P305 Teletext 305 Dec11 23:18:51   JEREMY    JEHU  ———————————————————————————————  ANSWERS FROM THE GRAVE - Mark Timlin Timlin was the "bad boy" of British pulp crime until Clive Owen played anti-hero Nick Sharman in a disastrous ITV adaptation. He lost his mainstream publisher and has spent the past half-dozen years trotting out ever more nastily silly Sharman potboilers in relative obscurity. This is his shot at a comeback novel - a Once Upon A Time In Brixton gangster epic spanning 40 years. ——————————————————————————————————9/11— Published by The Do-Not Press £9.99 HOW TO CONTACT TELETEXT p109 Events Comps Planet TV Guide
P305 Teletext 305 Dec11 23:18:14   JEREMY    JEHU  ———————————————————————————————  ANSWERS FROM THE GRAVE - Mark Timlin Crime epics are nothing new but Timlin rejects the then-and-now format of Jake Arnott and Denis Lehane's celebrated Mystic River. Using continuous flashbacks was a risky ploy. It might have killed the pace stone dead - but it doesn't. Timlin deftly fleshes out his characters while building tensions which obey the rules of pulp but always promise more than another dumb shoot-out. 3/5 ——————————————————————————————————10/11 PhoneZone - ringtones, etc 590 ITV1 HOW TO CONTACT TELETEXT p109 Events Comps Planet TV Guide
P305 Teletext 305 Dec11 23:16:27   JEREMY    JEHU  ———————————————————————————————  BOOK NEWS The built-in flaw of bestseller lists becomes all the more obvious when you learn that Bill Clinton's ultra- turgid My Life was 2004's sixth biggest non-fiction title behind Jordan, Gazza and Robbie Williams. How many poor saps who bought it actually read it? We need a second list to tell us. Transworld plans to publish John Peel's unfinished memoirs in some form next autumn. ——————————————————————————————————11/11 Latest Ringtone Top 20 591 ITV1 HOW TO CONTACT TELETEXT p109 Events Comps Planet TV Guide