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2009 was the year that bit back. It seemed as though just about everybody in my family got diagnosed with something horrible this year. Happily, for the most part it went okay, but blimey, 2009. What did we ever to do you?!

Elsewhere, it was the year of Children Of Earth, the Torchwood mini series that broke the fandom. Some loved it, some hated it, some were baffled at how completely it reimagined everything. I think it's great, but it's so far removed from the first two series that I have trouble seeing it as the same show. It was also the year when White Collar started, hurrah! I do love that show. I probably didn't see it until early 2010 though. I know I had several episodes to catch up on anyway.

FlashForward also happened this year. And then stopped abruptly. It was one of those shows with a lot of promise, but a production staff who clearly didn't know what to do with a twenty-two episode season. Nothing happened for weeks, half the audience stopped watching, it picked up, but too late. A shame, as I should dearly have loved to see where it was all going! Another one to add to the list of sci-fi shows that got bashed over the head by the networks. It wasn't alone. This was also the year when the BBC aired Paradox, a wonderful show starring Emun Elliott and Tamzin Outhwaite as a scientist and a detective investigating weirdness from outer space. Outer Space!! I rewatched it only recently, and it turned out to be even better than I remembered, annoyingly. Why can't they let me choose which shows to axe and which to save?!

Talking of ending, this year also saw the final episode of Late Night With Conan O'Brien, the chat show/Pythonesque comedy series that had been a hit for NBC since 1993. I only watched it for Max Weinberg, but it was a lot of fun over the years. I still rather miss it. Still, sixteen years is a good run for any show.

Some good films at the cinema this year. None of which I saw this year, or in the cinema, but whatever. The Hangover, which I love (and didn't see until around 2012), Sherlock Holmes (the RDJ/Jude Law version), which I think I also saw in around 2012, and The Brothers Bloom, which nobody at all saw in 2009. Which is a shame as it's extremely good, and I recommend it highly. So yes. Not so much "cinema in 2009", as "on DVD just the other day", but never mind.

Oh, and politics, world events, things that make me look brainy, etc, etc. Yeah.

From their album Foot Of The Mountain, this is a-ha and Nothing Is Keeping You Here:

From their debut album Looking Through You, this is the Yeah Yous with Getting Up With You. I wanted to post If I Could, which is my favourite of theirs, but it doesn't appear to be on the internet. Anywhere.

Bruce Springsteen put out Wrecking Ball this year. Here is everybody playing it splendidly noisily in 2013:

2009 was the year when Tony Hart died. I think those of a certain age will rather enjoy this video, from the Official Morph YouTube Channel:

Mostly though, for me, this is the year when Don Galloway died. He played Ed Brown in Ironside, a show that became ridiculously important a long time ago, during a very difficult time. It's funny how we can bond with these things, isn't it. So here's the very whizzy theme from Ironside, composed by Quincy Jones:

Good old Ed.


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Dec. 26th, 2015 06:55 pm (UTC)
I loved Children of Earth. <3 And Sherlock Holmes was awesome.
Dec. 27th, 2015 05:08 am (UTC)
RDJ made a much better Holmes than I think most people expected. I wish they'd make a third one (and find a role in it for Mark Ruffalo!).
Dec. 27th, 2015 08:39 am (UTC)
Ooh. Mark Ruffalo would be fine just being Mark Ruffalo. Or a coatstand. Whatever. A superficially nicey-nicey Moriarty?

Dec. 27th, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
Have you seen "The Brothers Bloom"?
Dec. 28th, 2015 10:18 am (UTC)
Just had a poke about on Youtube, hmmm... Not a big Adrien Brody fan, but - Robbie Coltrane! Rachel Weisz! (Rachel Weisz is a great funnygirl, love her.) Yep, going to have to now...
Dec. 28th, 2015 05:53 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I've seen Adrien Brody in anything else, although I've heard good things about him. I loved the film, anyway. Rachel Weisz was as good as you'd expect.
Dec. 27th, 2015 12:02 am (UTC)
Coe was brilliant, watched it over five nights along with the UK, then showed the whole thing to a friend a few weeks later. Many tissues required both times.

PARADOX WAS FABULOUS - I've rewatched that a few times over the years, loved Tamzin Outhwaite in it, previously really enjoyed her in The Fixer, another brilliant show gone from us too soon :(
Dec. 27th, 2015 05:12 am (UTC)
Yes, telly is very good at giving us nice things and then confiscating them. "The Fixer" at least made it to a dozen or so episodes, which sound pretty paltry (and is), but at least beats five! How they can pull a show after just five episodes, and claim it's a failure, I shall never know. Some of the biggest hits of the past would have been axed early going by that reckoning.

*sulk moan grumble*
Dec. 27th, 2015 06:37 am (UTC)
Yes, they should clearly not let people who don't know a good genre show when the see it have the power to make these decisions. They should hire us :)
Dec. 27th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
Precisely. :)
Dec. 27th, 2015 08:36 am (UTC)
I loved Children of Earth. It was extremely brutal, emotionally, though. And also Flash Forward. Still bitterly disappointed at the lack of a second series.

Oh, White Collar! *sigh* (If you don't watch Suits, I'm going to start throwing Louis Litt catchphrases at you incomprehensibly anyway. You bin LITT UP!)

Morph! Love Morph!

Dec. 27th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
I shall probably get around to watching it some day! But where can I buy more spare time?!
Dec. 27th, 2015 02:10 pm (UTC)
Nothing much to add except more love for Paradox and The Brothers Bloom (all Johnson's other films are rated more highly by critics, but this is the one I love.) Paradox was gone too soon.
Dec. 27th, 2015 04:36 pm (UTC)
It is a great film. I'm determined to get more people to watch it! :)
Dec. 27th, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh! Flash Forward! Had forgotten about that, it was very promising. I had totally forgotten Hotel Babylon too! You have a great memory.
Dec. 27th, 2015 09:04 pm (UTC)
I have a LiveJournal. This is a help. ;)
Dec. 28th, 2015 08:11 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear 2009's not been a good year.

I ... errrr ... didn't actually like Children of the Earth. And I didn't buy it on DVD!
Dec. 28th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
I didn't buy it either. I do have a home recording of it though. I enjoyed it, but I can certainly see why a lot of people didn't.
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