Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bit more Spooks stuff, Christmas, and Twittery goodness

Let's have a couple more Spooks links while I'm milking it: Mark Lawson enjoyed the episode, and so did Leigh Holmwood, both of them from the Grauniad.

While I'm on the subject, I've answered this in the comments, but it keeps coming up in various other places, so I may as well address it here. The thing everyone wants to know is: Why all the fuss when arresting Harry? I mean, SAS dudes through the windows? Bit over the top, no? Why did you do that, you monstrous buffoon? Simple, really. Because it's Harry. Harry fucking Pearce. Harry is ultra cool, old school, and a supreme badass. He's been in the service for *years* - and made it through 7 seasons of a show that quite happily kills off characters all the time. In the context of the show, if he actually *had* been a traitor, and he knew that they'd found out, Christ only knows what shenanigans he'd have set into motion to get himself out of it. He knows all the tricks, and the best thing to do is to take him down as fast and hard as possible. If it was my job to arrest him, I'd bring the army, the SAS, the Royal Marines, and some sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads. If anything, considering who he was, it was a fairly low profile, simple arrest.

On Tuesday I spent a delightful afternoon/evening out with Mr Jason "Arnoppapadopoulos" Arnopp, during which he forced me to have several drinks, cackling wildly the whole time. It was a slightly odd pub crawl, because to start with, we merely moved around inside the first pub we went to, sitting at three different tables. We then went to the coldest pub in the world, shortly before going to the warmest pub in the world. After that I murdered Mr Arnopp in cold blood, did sexy things to his dead body, and dumped him in an alley, before running home shrieking, covered in his blood. All of that is true. Any future blog posts by him are actually me, covering up what I did. I will even employ a look-alike in the event he needs to appear in photos. Unless the police are reading, in which case none of that happened.

Christmas has definitely arrived here in Spork Towers, and it's my solemn duty to share some of the festive glee. So behold! Our fabulous Christmas tree!


Yes, there is one there, under all the baubles. No, there aren't too many. Please do not ask silly questions like that. You can NEVER have too many baubles. And no, neither of us is religious, don't believe in God or any of that stuff - but everyone else is having a party, food, and presents, so why should we miss out? Besides, Christmas trees are nice. And so are presents. And roast potatoes. Mmmm, roast potatoes.

And finally, it's been a long, long wait for my contract to run out, but I have now upgraded and got a lovely new iPhone. Oh blimey, it's nice. It makes me feel funny in my tummy. It's also yet another way to procrastinate, along with new things like Twitter, which I've been experimenting with. Yes, I am now a Twitter Shitter, and you can follow me if you like here. I warn you now, it'll probably just be lots of swearing and random weirdness, but that's what you get when you peek into the mind of a madman. Either that, or I'll just forget to update it for days on end. Bookies are refusing to take bets on it, if that's any indication.

You may or may not have noticed that the Twitter thingy is also over in the sidebar on the right, and I've rearranged it slightly and got rid of all the Severance, DW and TW images. It needed cleaning up, as it was getting too cluttered. But I've moved all those images and links to a special new shop post, which contains all the shop links to things I've worked on. You can see it right here, just before this entry, and I'll update it as and when I have new things to flog.

15 comments:

Lara said...

"we merely moved around inside the first pub we went to, sitting at three different tables."

Are you sure you were with the Arnopp boy and not that Piers Beckley boy? He likes a good seating rearrangement...

Just a thought - in case you'd murdered and done things to the wrong person who had actually been disguised as the correct person to begin with. Eh, eh? You sure? x

Darren Goldsmith said...

OK, so the Harry Pearce thing... he's a badass etc. etc.

Does that mean us naysayers are wrong? And I reckon if you have to explain it, it's probably not right for the scene.

But what the heck do I know?

Anyway, that opening didn’t stop me watching... great episode, very tense. Poor Ben (presumably you don’t get to make those decisions… but you do get to decide how?) and wow... naaaaasty Connie!

I think someone else here asked whether her seriously evil grin was scripted or if it was the actress... er, acting. Chilling, either way.

Superb writing!

Merry Christmas…

oyebilly said...

I do like the idea of a pub crawl within a pub.

rob said...

Why is your tree in front of the stairs? Are you stranded on one floor for the next month? Have you made alternative arrangements as regards bathroom facilities?

michellelipton said...

I didn't think there was anything over the top about Harry's arrest at all!

He's a high ranking officer with a whole team of bad asses so loyal they'd probably die for him.

And the build up was bloody fantastic! He knew it was coming. We knew it was coming. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck the anticipation was so great. I may even have said a swear word.

I thought it was nothing short of brilliant myself.

Hello by the way!

James Moran said...

Lara: Hmmm. I may have killed the wrong man. I will have to kill every living male blogger, just to be certain. And every female one too. And non-bloggers. It's going to be a busy few weeks, I think.

Darren: Didn't have to explain it, just had people asking if it was realistic. And to anyone watching the show regularly - or even just that episode, for newcomers - it was clear that he was a very, very important man at MI5, and if he *was* a traitor, it would have meant Very Very Bad Things. Doesn't mean either of us are right or wrong, but in the context of the show, it makes perfect sense. As for Ben - I was partially responsible for the decision, for which I still feel guilty. And yes, I get to decide how, which of course I enjoy...

Connie's hiss - ah yes, forgot to answer that - the hiss wasn't in any version of the script, so she must have ad-libbed it on the day. Fantastic stuff, she's so good (and scary).

Rob: There's plenty of room to get past - but that doesn't matter, as I usually just go to the toilet wherever the hell I want to. I'm TV's James Moran, I can do what I like.

Michelle: Hello! And thank you. And swear all you like, it's Christmas after all.

Una said...

Friendly greetings from a stranger. Harry's arrest was the highlight of the season for me. Peter Firth was outstanding; so much said, with so little physical movement - a pure George Smiley moment.

Dozeymagz said...

Potatoes are the food of the Gods - in all their varied and wondrous forms! All hail the potato!!!

I really think you CAN squidge a few more baubles on that lovely tree you know - you are correct - you can never have enough!


Hope you both have a superbly wonderful and fluffy Christmas!

Le Mc said...

Now that I have seen all 8 eps of my first season of "Spooks" ... I can confidently say yours was the best!!

As long as your Christmas tree doesn't try to kill you, I think you're okay.

Steve Barber said...

From the headlines:

"Scientists find 2,000-year-old brain in Britain"


Alas, poor Moran, I knew him well...


(Well, knew him a little.)

Jools not James said...

I'm telling Mummy what you said about God.

BaaBaaDoodle said...

So are famous persons' twitters indeed more interesting than normal persons' twitters?

James Moran said...

Una: Cheers! I love Peter Firth, and was unable to speak when I was in a room with him for 5 minutes. Legend.

Magz: Will try and squeeze a few more on, and then sit and think about roast potatoes. Thank you, have a lovely one yourself!

Le Mc: Thank you! And the tree hasn't been violent towards me yet, so I'm probably safe.

Steve: How dare you! My brain isn't a day over 1999...

Jools: I don't care! I'm a fucking grown up!

BaaBaaDoodle: Sadly, they're usually far less interesting. As you'll soon discover...

Jools not James said...

Ha, you won't be saying that when she smacks you!

Cunningham said...

We love Peter Firth too - especially in LIFEFORCE.

Just saw Spooks season ender this morning and it's a great setup for next season if it happens...