This week sees our last ‘summer holiday’ edition before we return to our regular format, which will see the return of the Food Blog, weekly restaurant reviews, and a lifestyle column that alternates between kids activities, the city’s museums, the Copenhagen underground scene, and Hot Tickets – a head’s up of the headliners coming to town over the next 12 months.
Back this week is our TV review, a regular in the paper for the last five years that also goes into hibernation in July, essentially due to our limited resources, but also due to the tendency of the broadcasters to run repeats or garish outdoor programmes of people enjoying themselves outside, with the insinuation that you should be doing likewise.
I suggested starting the TV review in 2007 within months of starting as a contributor to InOut. There were two main reasons.
Firstly, the Danish newspapers only preview films. This is all very well for somebody who only watches three movies a year, but I don’t need a quick summary of the plot of Notting Hill (yippee, it’s on TV3+ … again). What I do need, though, is to be told about any brand new TV series being broadcast before I decide to watch it – and crucially whether it’s any good.
And secondly, they don’t preview stuff on SV1 and SV2 despite their schedules being packed with new British and American shows and most households getting them for free.
It’s like they’re obeying rules: don’t mention what the foreign media thinks, don’t suggest tuning into a foreign channel – we’re Danish and we will damn well only watch English-language content on our own channels.
Meanwhile, this week sees our first performance dance preview (Two Old Guys and a Relatively Young Man), an area of the arts we regularly cover as it does not require a knowledge of Danish, a free classical music concert at Rosenborg Castle and Pride Week.
And then, it’s a total recall (plus a review of the remake film) of the regular format next week.