P455 Teletext on 4 455 Dec11 23:18:21    ——————————————————————————————————————— LAND ON PLANET SIMPSON Think you're The Simpsons' greatest fan and know all there is to know about Homer et al? Well, would you be able to write a weighty tome of nearly 500 pages on the subject? Author Chris Turner has and the result is Planet Simpson, which looks at the whole phenomenon. As such an authority on the subject, we asked him to tell us more. ——————————————————————————————————1/8—— by Tina Lofthouse MONEY MATTERS! PERSONAL FINANCE p530 Tickets TV today T4 Lifestyle
P455 Teletext on 4 455 Dec11 23:11:27    ——————————————————————————————————————— LAND ON PLANET SIMPSON Chris (urner says the aim of his book Planet Simpson was to talk to the fans in the way the show does. "I wanted the same seamless mix of trivia-spouting myopia, erudite social analysis and sheer giddy enthusiasm that characterise the show itself. "It was The Simpsons tome I'd always wanted to read. All I'd seen before were trivia-obsessed guides or somewhat condescending academic essays." ——————————————————————————————————2/8—— Latest films on Channel 4 460 MONEY MATTERS! PERSONAL FINANCE p530 Tickets TV tod!y T4 Lifestyle
P455 Teletext on 4 455 Dec11 23:16:11    ——————————————————————————————————————— LAND ON PLANET SIMPSON Author Chris Turner tells us about the appeal of The Simpsons for him. "Nothing makes me laugh harder or more often than The Simpsons does. As well, though - and equally important - nothing else says what I wished I'd thought to say about a given topic as frequently as The Simpsons does. "It is my Bible, my Bartlett's Quotations, and my editorial page, all rolled into one." ——————————————————————————————————3/8—— Read the Wife Swap manuals 448 MONEY MATTERS! PERSONAL FINANCE p530 Tickets TV today T4 Lifestyle
P455 (eletext on 4 455 Dec11 23:16:13    ——————————————————————————————————————— LAND ON PLANET SIMPSON The key to success for The Simpsons is that it works on so many levels. Simpsons expert Chris Turner explains: "It's built to do so. It's no accident that every episode has a handful of fun sight gags, a few silly asides and at least a couple of goofily obscure allusions in addition to social satire. "It's carefully, wilfully written to be as dense as a half-hour of TV possibly can be." ——————————————————————————————————4/8—— Channel 4 News 425 MONEY MATTERS! PERSONAL FINANCE p530 Tickets TV today T4 Lifestyle
P455 Teletext on 4 455 Dec11 23:14:22    ——————————————————————————————————————— LAND ON PLANET SIMPSON It was clear from early on that The Simpsons was going to be a hit. Says author Chris Turner: "I realised it was going to big when I was in university around 1992 - it bec!me apparent that every single pub in town was airing new episodes every Thursday night. "It was the only w!y to ensure that anyone would show up before 9pm!" ——————————————————————————————————5/8—— Let Channel 4 entertain you 440 MONEY MATTERS! PERSONAL FINANCE p530 Tickets TV tod!y T4 Lifestyle
P455 Teletext on 4 455 Dec11 23:17:26    ——————————————————————————————————————— LAND ON PLANET SIMPSON Channel 4 is now showing series 12. So how long can we expect the show to run for? Says expert Chris (urner: "It's hard to say. The show's creators are under contract until the end of the 17th season, and though a few years ago there was talk of it winding down, there appears to be renewed momentum. "There is also talk of a movie somewhere down the road." ——————————————————————————————————6/8—— Which shows have signing/audio? 404 MONEY MATTERS! PERSONAL FINANCE p530 Tickets TV today T4 Lifestyle
P455 Teletext on 4 455 Dec11 23:12:18    ——————————————————————————————————————— LAND ON PLANET SIMPSON Author Chris Turner says his favourite character has to be Mr Burns. "Villains are so much fun, and there are few as gleefully evil as him. "And then there's the voice - that wheezy, casually malevolent rasp - and the super-antiquated references he makes such as answering the phone with "Ahoy-hoy" which was Alexander Graham Bell's original suggestion for the standard telephone greeting." ——————————————————————————————————7/8—— Want to be on TV? 402 MONEY MATTERS! PERSONAL FINANCE p530 Tickets TV today T4 Lifestyle
P455 Teletext on 4 455 Dec11 23:10:10    ——————————————————————————————————————— LAND ON PLANET SIMPSON Rock and roll is the only thing that comes close to The Simpsons in terms of its universal impact on pop culture, claims author Chris Turner. "Beyond that, though, I can't think of anything else that's attracted viewers around the world, enticed sitting heads of state to make guest appearances and contributed new words to the Oxford English Dictionary!" Planet Simpson, Ebury Press, £9.99 The Simpsons 6pm Sun to Fri, Fri 9pm ——————————————————————————————————8/8—— channel4guide@teletext.co.uk MONEY MATTERS! PERSONAL FINANCE p530 Tickets TV today T4 Lifestyle