Gavin and Stacey
The best sitcom on the box had a second series as triumphant as the first, and one that bears up well to repeated viewings, always a good sign. It has been unfairly maligned as sweet and cosy, because beneath the warmth of the relationships, there are some incredibly close-to-the-bone jokes (not least the families being the Shipmans and the Wests). A Christmas special is coming up, although that may be your lot – which would be a shame in one sense, although it would be nice if it didn’t get the chance to jump the shark.
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
A-a-a-a! The album sold pretty well although their singles didn’t set the charts alight particularly. They were also a solid live proposition – or so I hear, after all, I never go to gigs these days. A-Punk was a perfect summer pop tune, released in the winter. Oops.