Site ColumnsBy Caillan
November 18, 2002 - 3:19 PM
I've recently been watching the BBC series Vets' School, which is being broadcast nightly in Australia on the ABC. It's about 6 years old now, and despite my general aversion to medical shows of all kinds, it's compulsive viewing.
The series follows several vet students through their final of study (one of them, Trude Mostue, became quite a celebrity after the series, I gather), and it's definitely a quality entry into the "reality TV" pantheon.
I watch it mainly for for the human element, since I'm naturally very squeamish, and the other day the students sat their final exams. It was so nerve-wracking to watch them approach the notice board to find out their results (on the same day as they did their final oral exam, no less) - and it was devestating to watch Trude find out she failed. Fortunately, in tonight's episode she passed her re-sits - I can't imagine the pain she would have felt if she'd failed again after so many years of study.
It would be nice if the BBC would consider doing a TV special looking at the vets four years from now to see how their lives have changed over the past decade.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items on November 18, 2000:
- Robert Picardo Q&A Session
Voyager star Robert Picardo (the EMH) answered questions from fans at the official site. In one of his answers, the actor talked about a story he suggested to the show's producers.
I've always wanted to do a show about possessions, and having the Doctor being given his first possession, a gift from someone, a little token of someone's esteem, and his entire life on Voyager unravels because he has no place to put it. He has no personal space at all. I always felt it would be fun if the Doctor went from getting permission from Janeway to have a little personal space in Sickbay, a little personal corner dedicated to himself that he then became obsessed with collecting things and defining himself through his possessions.
- Biller to Beltran - Stop whining and do your job!
Executive producer Kenneth Biller responded to criticism of Voyager from Robert Beltran (Chakotay). "I think Robert Beltran should stop whining and do his job - print that if you want! He has his opinions and he's entitled to his opinions, but he's getting paid a lot of money, and he's got a lot of fans, and I'm sorry that he's not happy doing what he's doing. But there's nothing I can do about it."
More news can be found in the archives.
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Tomorrow's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'The Mind's Eye' at 2:00pm Eastern Time, TNG's 'In Theory' at 8:00pm and TNG's 'The Battle' at 9:00pm.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'The Ultimate Computer' at 10:00am Eastern Time, 'Journey To Babel' at 2:00pm, TNG's 'New Ground' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'Meridian' at 4:00pm and Voyager's 'Nemesis' at 5:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing DS9's 'Shakaar' at 06:00 GMT, TNG's 'Ensign Ro' at 17:00 and BBC2 will be showing TNG's 'Allegiance' at 18:45. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Australia, WIN will be showing Voyager's 'Riddles' at 22:30, while Channel 9 will be showing 'Dragon's Teeth' at 23:00. Thanks go out to Sci-Fi TV Schedules International!