But here we go, a return from hiatus and with oh, so many links to talk about... but, as I said before, this blog doesn't exist for me to post links. Well, not only.
No, I'm going to (try to) write an evenhanded review of Thursday's episode of Don't Get Me Started..., the closest thing channel five have to an opinion column. Each week a different "celebrity" and a different cause; in the past it's been everything from the compensation culture to counterfeminism to the lack of religion in the modern world. Perhaps in answer to the last, five wheeled out Stewart Lee - stand-up comedian, writer, director and, in any sarcasm-based war, the equivalent of John Rambo.
Lee's one-hour documentary was focussed on blasphemy, something he's eminently qualified to present having co-written Jerry Springer: The Opera, which was hounded by Christian complaints before it was even broadcast (free-speech advocates, incidentally, might be interested in the BBC's inquiry results, which dismissed all 65,000 form letters out of hand).
The biggest failing of the programme is its tragic one-sidedness - Lee only talks to people who share his opinion, which is a wasted opportunity if nothing else. If only he'd taken the same route as Richard Dawkins, whose antireligious documentary The Root of All Evil? was vastly improved by watching Dawkins somehow not disembowel an American evangelist who told him he, and by extension science itself, was wrong about absolutely everything.
Still, Lee had some brilliant talking heads on, of whom the highlight was undoubtedly the author and noted snake-worshipper Alan Moore, who confessed that to live as Glycon desires would mostly involve "being smug". Second place goes to the vicar who pointed out that God is hardly likely to be removed from existence by Monty Python, in one of the programme's best soundbytes.
If only five ran more programmes like this, I might actually start watching TV again....
[UK-based readers may be surprised to find that five's website is located in the Ellice Islands. Strange but apparently true.]