Apple TV+ orders ‘The Jet’

Apple TV+ has landed The Jet, a docuseries that takes an in-depth look at one of the craziest advertising campaigns ever launched.

As reported by Deadline, the series chronicles the Pepsi campaign from the 1990s that would supposedly win someone a military Harrier jet in exchange for 7 million Pepsi Points. James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte are behind the new series, who are best known for their McMillions docuseries about the McDonald’s Monopoly game that earned them an Emmy nomination… More here.

This looks good, but Apple needs to have a LOT more series and films available to succeed. The gap is huge at the moment.

Ted Lasso

Follows US American Football coach Ted Lasso heading to the UK to manage a struggling London football team in the top flight of English football.

I didn’t expect this series to be so good, but 7 episodes in I am completely hooked. Sad, happy, funny and at times bonkers. Just brilliant.

High Score

This docuseries traces the history of classic video games, featuring insights from the innovators who brought these worlds and characters to life… More here.

A decent series so far, as the review below states.

In isolation, High Score has some of the best interviews with game-industry luminaries I’ve ever seen. The absolute highlight is an interview with Roberta and Ken Williams, the co-founders and architects behind Sierra Entertainment. Together, they tell the most detailed story I’ve ever seen on camera about their work on 1980’s Apple II game Mystery House. This includes Roberta pulling out a sheet of parchment to draw a facsimile of her original Mystery House design documents for the Netflix camera crew. I’ve maybe never seen a more beautiful “how it was made” demonstration of a game’s origin story… More here.

Educational Documentaries | Netflix

For many years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen documentaries in their classrooms. However, this isn’t possible with schools closed. So at their request, we have made a selection of our documentary features and series available on our YouTube channel. If you are a parent or teacher, please check the ratings so that you can make informed choices for your students and children.

Such a brilliant selection of educational content and it is all free. You can see the full list here.

Retro TV phone stand

The shape of the retro TV in the 1990s reminds you of your childhood memories, which makes your mobile phone no longer monotonous and full of fun. More here.

I love the design of this. Yes it is just a bit of fun, but surprised there are not more devices like this. An iPad one would be even better.

The Women Who Helped Shape Disney Animation

Bianca Majolie was the first woman hired into the studio’s all-male story department in 1935. Her tenure would be marked with both triumph and prejudice. Majolie translated Le Avventure di Pinocchio from its original Italian, and then considered how to adapt the story for the screen. From the Collodi tale of a naughty, murderous wooden puppet, she infused the script with a deeper meditation on what it means to be human. Majolie would work on a wide range of films—selecting music for Fantasia, drawing concept art for Cinderella, writing material for Peter Pan and creating a sympathetic elephant character that would inspire Dumbo… More here.

Great article, the book is available here.

The BBC by subscription

The BBC could be made to scrap the TV licence and charge a Netflix-style fee, the culture secretary has suggested.

Nicky Morgan has opened the door to the BBC becoming a subscription service, saying she was “open-minded” about a change if it would raise enough revenue for the corporation… More here.

This sounds like a perfectly logical and sensible move. For many of us having to pay for a TV service seems archaic, but there is more to it than that. The BBC is supposed to be the bastion of truth yet it is constantly criticised for bias from all sides, and it is because of this that it deserves to at least be available to everyone.

If you are being criticised by the left ‘and’ the right you are probably doing something right.

Ultra-short attention spans

Every episode of BBC Two’s darkly humorous State of the Union begins in the same way. A crumbling relationship between Louise and Tom plays out inside a London pub. The two examine their marriage, trade witty barbs about their gnarly imperfections, then pop across the street to their weekly marital therapy session.

Before you have time to process the episode, it ends – at a trim ten minutes – leaving you either wanting more or feeling short-changed. The bitesize series, written by Nick Hornby, is leading the way in serialised short-form content… More here.

It’s kind of sad that we may have reached a point where our attention spans need such short content. I recognise this in myself which I thought was due to a lack of time, but I notice it when waiting for adverts before a YouTube video, when not being able to sit and watch a film without fiddling with my phone or iPad and when not being able to read for more than 15 minutes at a time. My attention span has been destroyed due to the huge volume of content I can access at any time.

Apple event 2019

Apple Arcade- £4.99 / month YES

Apple TV+ – £4.99 / month YES

New iPad- OK, may upgrade one day

New Apple Watch- always wanted always-on display and now it is here. Still not buying one

iPhone 11- very impressive for the price

iPhone 11 Pro- not bad for the price, but will these ‘pro’ features matter to more than 5% of potential customers?

Apple News+ outside of the US- no mention?