Ross Garner (IMNN member) on CST-online this week: http://cstonline.net/what-we-learnt-from-sam-and-tracey-new-twin-peaks-and-contemporary-quality-tv/
A few years ago, whilst I was a PhD student, I remember persuading one of my non-UK housemates to join me on a Saturday evening to watch the broadcast of a new episode of Doctor Who (BBC 2005- ). It was definitely a Tennant-era one – my instincts tell me ‘Forest of the Dead’ (2008) – but that’s not as important as what they said fifty minutes later. As the credits rolled I tentatively asked ‘So, what did you think?’ Their response was ambivalent but the comment that has stuck with me concerned how I watched the episode: affectionately-toned, but words to the effect of ‘Dude, I don’t think you blinked for the duration of the entire episode! You were sat so far on the edge of the sofa that at one point I thought you were going to fall off!’ Aca-fan behaviour 101: deep absorption in a new instalment of a favourite series, blocking out immediate distractions and transfixed on the onscreen events (Brooker 2007).