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What I do when I'm not writing...
I like all sorts of music (except dance and rap) from country to metal, but these are the five albums I could listen to and never get sick of.
Def Leppard - Hysteria (1987)
Bon Jovi - New Jersey (1988)
Again, I have very wide and eclectic taste in movies, but these are the top ten re-watchers.
The Haunting (1963)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Shining (1980)
Aliens - Director's Cut (1986)
Withnail & I... (1987)
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Wow, that was hard! There are a lot of other films I love and would have been included in a top fifteen or twenty, but let's not go mad.
Old or new, some TV shows will stand the test of time. These are my favourites.
David Lynch's weird and wonderful tale of small-town secrets went totally off the rails in series two and was subsequently cancelled, but series one is brilliant and Bob is a character who will stick in everyone's mind.
Nine series and only a few duff episodes is good going by anyone's standards. A lot of people tuned out when Mulder left the series. His replacement, Dogget, was very po-faced and killed all the humour in the show, but there are still, as ever, some very cool storylines.
My favourite of the Trek franchise not just because it had Seven of Nine in a skin-tight one-piece catsuit, but because they used to get into a lot of fights, and they were on their own. DS9 wimped out of more fights than enough and even Jean-Luc & co. stuck a little too closely to the rules for my taste, but in the Delta Quadrant... no one can hear the rules break.
Arguably the best series about the pains of growing up ever made. Despite the terrible season six (redeemed only by two episodes: Normal Again and Once More, With Feeling) where someone decided that turning our super-empowered heroine into a dumb slut would be a good idea, the show recovered with a brilliant season seven and one of the best 'final episodes' in TV history.
Who ever thought you could have a show where the audience would be rooting for the serial killer? Yet, that's what Dexter does so brilliantly. Black humour and top notch acting sets this apart from your usual cop show.
The ending divided the fanbase (I thought it was a cop-out and a let-down). Still, the journey was a weird and wonderful one.
This show flopped in the UK, but it is one of the most intelligent, funny shows America has ever produced.
What can I say about Basil Fawlty that hasn't been said before? If your parents didn't make you watch this show when you were young, report them to social services -- you've been neglected.
Laurel and Hardy with blood and swearing. Classic slapstick stuff.
Who else wishes Rob and Doug would kiss and make up? The first six series' are brilliant, but since Rob Grant left and Doug Naylor went solo they've got steadily worse.
Any sci-fi, horror or just plain old movie buff will be in hog's heaven watching this pastiche of references wrapped up in a sitcom. Genius from writer/stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson.
Just brilliant and probably going to end up being the US's longest running sitcom, and when you hold it up against the UK's (Last Of The Summer Wine) it makes you want to cringe. The Simpsons shows just how funny American shows can be when they don't have to take notes from producers.