Missing: The Cansdale Escaped Squirrel Caper

George Cansdale

The man pictured there is George Cansdale. He is, in essence, the godfather of all of the fantastic BBC wildlife programs we get today from the likes of David Attenborough. On the very first nature programs on the BBC, Cansdale would bring zoo animals into the studio for the benefit of the television viewing audience…the live television viewing audience.

I was listening to one of Attenborough’s audiobooks, where he discusses one of his own earliest television adventures, Zoo Quest for a Dragon from 1957. In explaining some of the live shenanigans that the zoo animals would sometimes get up to while in the studio with Cansdale, he shared this:

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15 British Radio Shows You Should Be Listening To

BBC announcer

It’s well known–much to the chagrin of my friend and compatriot, radio DJ Rob Levy–that I don’t listen to the radio. If I do manage to know something about what’s “new and hip” (or whatever the hell you kids are calling it these days (and get off my lawn)) on the radio, it’s either by accident or, more recently, because I stumbled across it on the “What’s New” tab of Spotify.

However, what I mean is that I don’t listen to American radio. I listen to scads of British radio shows because, like television, they simply do it better. It occurs to me that some of you out there who also might want something different to listen to…you might need a guide as to what to look for. So I have snagged a list of fifteen…to give you a variety to choose from. Ken started me on this addiction and then I just went apeshit on my own with it. I listen to more of these shows on my iPod than I probably do music, frankly. Anyway, you get the show, when it was, who was on it, why you should give a damn, how you get it and what to look for if you want to try it out. A high point, if you were. Enjoy.
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Headsup: Kids, Cops, Animals, Cyborgs… This One Covers Pretty Much Everything

There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

Identity DVD
Louie: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray
20th Century America at War DVD

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Win Madagascar: The Land Where Evolution Ran Wild on Blu-Ray!

Madagascar BBC Blu-Ray

It’s Madagascar from the BBC, narrated by David Attenborough. Don’t worry, he doesn’t sing “I Like to Move It, Move It.” Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

From the makers of the widely acclaimed natural history series, Life, comes a fascinating exploration of the mysterious island of Madagascar. Intimately filmed like never before, the series brings the weird, beautiful and distinctive qualities of this island to the screen for the first time. Lying just off the coast of Africa, Madagascar is a land of misty mountains, tropical rainforests and weird spiny desert scrub. It is here extraordinary wildlife has evolved in isolation to become bizarre and totally unique. Bonus features include Lemurs of Madagascar: A 40 minute special on the fascinating society of Madagascar’s most famous residents as they struggle for power and survival and Attenborough and the Giant Egg. In 1961, David Attenborough was handed a very special memento while filming in Madagascar: egg fragments belonging to the largest bird ever. Now, he returns to the island and asks whether it holds the clue to saving the country’s remaining wildlife.

You know we love Attenborough and we love BBC nature shows, so we’re happy as hell to have three copies of the Blu-Ray to give away. We’ve got three copies of the Blu-Ray to give away. Want to win one? Excellent. Here’s how that happens: you enter using the form below. Remember you can enter once a day. If we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it! Good luck!
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The Week in Stuff: June 1, 2010 – Life and Then More Life

There are a lot of things out there you can buy. We try to give you the information you need to make an educated purchasing decision. Because we have no lives. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase via Amazon through our links. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. Thanks.

Life Blu-ray Cover Art
Life DVD Cover Art

Life premiered on the Discovery Channel here in the States in March. It’s a BBC nature documentary, which tells you a few things right out of the starting blocks. First, it looks amazing (and it does). Second, a crapload of work went into making it (quite true). And chances are you’re going to get narration by David Attenborough. Well…yes and no. The version that aired here stateside is narrated instead by Oprah Winfrey.

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Blue Planet: Seas of Life, Parts 1 & 2 (2001) – DVD Review

Blue Planet: Ocean World and Frozen Seas DVD cover art Blue Planet: Open Ocean and The Deep DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Series Produced by Alastair Fothergill
Narrated by David Attenborough
Features:

  • Four episodes of the series
  • Four behind-the-scenes featurettes, one for each episode
  • Interviews with cameraman Doug Allan and researcher Penny Allen
  • “Blue Planet music video”, a.k.a. the series’ “trailer”
  • Photo galleries
  • Fact files

Released by: BBC Home Video
Region: 1
Rating: NR; safe for all audiences
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Own It.

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By | 2011-05-28T11:05:05+00:00 February 6th, 2002|Reviews|0 Comments