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Lustbox: Men who can sign

sign languageNow, PLA and I were having a bit of a collective swoon about men who use sign language yesterday, and I suggested lustboxing the lot of them.

Then I worried that perhaps it was offensive or patronising or something. Anyway, after a lot of thought (and, I’ll be honest, there’s not usually a lot of thinking going on when lustboxing) I’ve come to the conclusion that this is just a variation on finding bilingual men sexy.

Leroy Jethro GibbsThe conversation started with silver fox Mark Harmon, who as Special Agent Gibbs regularly (though not regularly enough) converses in sign language with Abby Sciuto (who proves that signing women are sexy too), and moved on to Connor from Waterloo Road who signed his wedding vows.

Then there’s double signing with Guppy Sean and Sam Colloby from Casualty in the late nineties and more doctors signing in ER – proving that sign language can make even doctors Benton and Romano seem a lot more human.

Josh LymanSadly I couldn’t find you links to the rare bit of signing we get from my favourite West Winger Josh Lyman (Season 2, Episode 20 – thank you Twitter hive mind), though I can give you Joey Lucas and Kenny signing AND annoying Josh at the same time. What’s not to love?

And then of course there’s CSI’s Gil Grissom. Smart, geeky and a signer. Not to mention William Hurt in Children of a Lesser God. Who have I missed? Let me know. And feel free to share more sexy signing women too.

Finally, why not follow @BritishSignBSL on Twitter and learn a new sign every day?

[NB I nearly included Benton Fraser here, but although he understands ASL, he doesn’t actually sign for us in Due South, and semaphore may be a niche attraction even by my standards…]

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The Joy of Sets: Life on Mars

Schedulers can be a bit rubbish over the summer months. They seem to think we’re all going to be dining al fresco every night and in no need of decent telly. Clearly they also live somewhere where that’s possible. Malta perhaps.

So while they phone in their schedules of blandness, we sit upon our sofas listening to the rain driving against the window and wondering whether watching Lord of the Rings for the fourth time will kill the magic.

What you need gentle viewer is to get your hands on some good TV that doesn’t seem to merit repeating by the broadcasters. So, let us celebrate the glory that is the DVD boxed set…

First up: Life on Mars – a programme that was immediately rated unmissable here at Hat Towers when it was first aired in 2006.

The first 5 minutes could have come from any modern police procedural if it wasn’t for the fact that our hero DCI Sam Tyler isn’t a rule-breaking, heavy-drinking, chain-smoking maverick. He doesn’t even follow his gut anymore…

It’s a testament to both the writers and to the phenomenal talents of John Simm, that those few minutes in the 21st century provide a perfect miniature portrait of Sam before the shocking sight of him being taken out of shot (and out of this reality) by a speeding car.

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NCIS: Almost nothing like CSI

Actually NCIS (that’s Naval Criminal Investigative Service for newbies) and CSI would seem similar to the casual observer. Both series are packed to the gunnels with ridiculously good-looking staff and both are crime dramas – but NCIS is greatly superior.

Mark Harmon and the NCIS castFor one thing we have trained investigators investigating and forensics experts staying in the lab with the mass spectrometer and microscopes where they belong.

For another it’s actually properly thrilling, moving and funny. With the exception of the time Quentin Tarantino buried CSI Nick alive under a Las Vegas garden centre, I’ve never been really bothered about the outcome of a CSI episode. And while CSI can do funny, it saves the humour up for one special episode per season. NCIS makes me laugh at least once per show. For example, the female agent asks lead agent Gibbs (the still extremely dishy Mark Harmon) what their medical examiner Ducky (David McCallum) looked like when he was young. Gibbs’ reply? “Like Illya Kuryakin…”

I love the way the writers use Agent DiNozzo’s obsession with movies to acknowledge plot similarities (or rip-offs). I love the fact that the forensic specialist Abby plays loud music in her lab, dresses with goth cool, and is incredibly smart. I love the sly nods to the actors’ real lives (see above). I love it so much that I only started getting bored with the repeats after the fifth viewing. In fact the only times I lose the love a little is when they get a little too reverential for the military.

The good news is that brand new season six is showing now on Five on Wednesday nights. And Five USA has just started reshowing from the beginning for anyone who wants to get all the gags.

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