Welcome to Erk To The Diary Room episode 23. This episode was recorded in two halves from different parts of Asia. The episode opens in a hotel room in Tokyo, Japan. Like the previous episode, Erk samples hotel room TV. However on this episode, there is an Asian theme. The second half of the episode was recorded in Singapore. While both countries are in Asia, they are very different. Japan is highly Japanese (thank you, Captain Obvious!) with all of the TV that Erk sampled being in the Japanese language. While there was English around Tokyo in general society, Japanese is by far the dominant language. However in Singapore, there is more of a mix in languages with variations of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, Singaporean & western cultures & languages. The episode was recorded on Erk's iPad & the multitasking was not quite up to the job which meant that there may be some gaps in the recording.
Erk To The Diary Room
Welcome to Erk To The Diary Room, a new podcast to Channel Erk but also one of the oldest. Erk originally started podcasting in May 2007, talking about (among other things) the Australian version of the reality TV series Big Brother. After covering the 2007 & 2008 series with the podcast Erk To The Diary Room, Erk moved on to other podcasts & Big Brother went to the TV wastelands … until 2012, that is!
Big Brother is back in 2012 in Australia on a new network and Erk To The Diary Room also returned – but in a new format. Erk talks about a range of TV shows, movies, other entertainment and more – not just talking about Big Brother.
Episodes will alternate between most episodes being recorded in Erk’s car (his mobile Diary Room?) and occasional episodes from the Channel Erk studio.
Welcome to Erk To The Diary Room episode 22. Recorded in Vegas in January 2014, Erk goes for a trip around the TV like he has done previously in Mexico. There will be another episode in this style during Erk's overseas trip early in 2014 from Japan & Singapore. Listeners to Erk Pod will also receive this episode as an Erk Pod episode.
Welcome to Erk To The Diary Room episode 21. Recorded from Erk's car, Erk shares the TV that he has been watching during the October 2013 bushfires that have burnt around the fringes of Sydney. Erk usually does not watch breakfast TV but due to being on fire duty on nightshifts, breakfast TV was a sign for Erk that it was almost time to go home. Erk talks about what he calls Disaster Porn. There's also some thoughts about the 2013 series of Big Brother Australia.
Welcome to episode 20 of Erk To The Diary Room. Erk is in Melbourne for his birthday & visits the location of Channel 9's The Block: Sky High & chats about other TV shows he has been watching. He also goes to a Melbourne landmark for a visit. There is a bit of a crossover between the latter part of this episode of Erk To The Diary Room & Erk's travel podcast Erk Pod. Erk had not finished releasing Erk Pod episodes from his trip to America in January/February 2013 so featuring content from August 2013 on Erk Pod in the middle of the American content would have been strange. You'll hear the Melbourne comedy earworm that Erk had stuck in his head (see the shownotes for the video) & a lot lot more.
Erk knows that it has been a while since an episode of Erk To The Diary Room! However, a big problem with hosting a TV & entertainment podcast is that you have to watch TV to do it. For some shows, this is easy. But if you like watching the sort of shows Erk likes to talk about, you just can't want one episode & that's it. While some of these shows are weekly, others are daily or at least several times a week.
Sneak peeks are annoying as are shows that promise so much every year but deliver nothing. Also, is social media helpful or not when it comes to watching TV?
Shows discussed (links to IMDB or Wikipedia):
Welcome to episode 18 of Erk To The Diary Room. On this episode, Erk takes a look at life in suburbia according to TV featuring two very different examples.
Opening the episode with Portlandia, Erk relates how he thinks that Portlandia falls into the "Funny because it's true" category. Erk has been to Portland OR where the series is based & found that because he can identify with the people and places, he can relate to the show more than someone who has no idea about anything PDX.
Looking closer to home, Erk then talks about Housos. There's a line of progression from pizza delivery (Pizza), couriering (Swift & Shift Couriers) and suburban living (Housos) in Sydney. Many of the cast appear on all three programs which usually feature a lot of strong language, unrealistic scenes and some low brow humour. All 3 shows do have their moments of laugh out loud humour, though. There are some B & C grade celebrities familiar to Australian viewers that might not translate well for American viewers.
There's a quick update about The Block: Sky High (Erk couldn't think of the full name of the show at the time!) and Wentworth.
Welcome to episode 17 of Erk To The Diary Room. On this episode, Erk discusses the 2013 version of Prisoner (also known as Prisoner: Cell Block H) called Wentworth. Prisoner was one of Australia's longest running drama series & was ground-breaking at the time. It was also one of the few adult shows that Erk was able to watch as a child - not that he understood everything that was going on.
Erk also reviews the latest series of fire department drama - Chicago Fire. It was so realistic that local media thought that a made-for-TV plane crash was the real thing and reported it as a real plane crash. Oops.
Welcome to episode 16 of Erk To The Diary Room. On the first episode of 2013, Erk has returned from America, the spiritual home of TV. However due to his tight schedule & doing touristy things, Erk did not actually watch a lot of TV in America. He did, however, watch some TV in Mexico. This will be the subject of a future episode.
This episode was recorded in Erk's car as usual (for this podcast at least). However, he has a new microphone for his iPhone that he uses to record this podcast. The Rode iXY microphone plugs into the bottom of the iPhone but this does present some first world podcaster problems as Erk will mention.
On returning home, Erk has been catching up on TV. While he was away, The Block All Stars was being shown on Channel 9 in Australia. Meant as a way to bring back couples from previous series but up the pressure on them, they had to complete a house restoration & renovation in 6 weeks. Erk spoke about The Block's 2012 season on episode 2 (Australia) & episode 13 (New Zealand). He also visited the location of 2012's series in Melbourne on episode 14.
Partly linked to his new railway podcast on Channel Erk (On The Rails With Erk), Erk discusses a railway documentary season that he watched on You Tube called The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track. Similar to other similar English shows he spoke about in episode 4, this is a rarely seen side to the inner workings of a complex railway organisation. It is a BBC production but due to their geo-blocking policies, Erk was only able to see it here via You Tube.
Speaking on UK series, Erk has been watching Truckers on BBC Knowledge (Foxtel). Shown on Channel 5 in the UK, the series is based on the happenings of the Eddie Stobart company. Erk briefly speaks about how the show has grown & the truckers themselves are becoming stars thanks to the show & social media.
Welcome to episode 15 of Erk To The Diary Room. On this episode, Erk discusses season 21 of The Amazing Race (US) and differences between the original series (US) and a foreign version (Australia). There's also some series link fail so Erk hasn't seen Beauty & The Geek Australia. He has seen Richard Hammond's Crash Course, talks briefly about Undercover Boss & then talks about a short break for this show while Erk goes to the home of TV in January/February 2013.
Welcome to episode 14 of Erk To The Diary Room. Erk has been in Melbourne & went to the location of The Block. He has also been catching up with the final stages of Big Brother (Australia) 2012 and also episodes of Emergency!
Welcome to Erk To The Diary Room episode 13 coming to you from the Mobile Diary Room. Erk again has had some recording issues which are hopefully fixed. On this episode, Erk attempts to talk about 4 TV shows - one show that he hasn't spoken about on this show before & variations of other shows that he has spoken about. Erk has a lot of great TV & DVDs to keep him entertained.
Welcome to episode 12 of Erk to the Diary Room, once again recorded in his car (the mobile Diary Room) - hopefully the problems that Erk has had are now over. On this episode Erk talks about TV shows involving families & wonders if current events and changes in culture over time change the way you think of older TV shows & movies.
Welcome to episode 11 (take 1 million!) of Erk To The Diary Room. Now hopefully with the issues behind him as detailed in the last episode, this time Erk talks about spoilers. When are spoilers acceptable & how long must a TV show or movie be available before it is OK to give out what some people might regard as spoilers. What is a spoiler to you & are you worried about spoilers?
Welcome to episode 10 of Erk To The Diary Room. On this episode, Erk tells about the drama which led to the loss of the original episode 10 as well as several attempts of episode 11. The application Bossjock Studio is a great application when it works and Erk is working with the developers to improve the application. Now that the problem is known and Erk has worked on some tips to make things easier, he can continue recording this podcast from the Mobile Diary Room.
Welcome to Erk To The Diary Room episode 09. On this episode, Erk talks about sequels & prequels in movies & TV shows. When is enough enough? Do we really need to see Police Academy 64? Later in the episode, Erk talks about documentaries & how he links them to his day job.
Welcome to episode 8 of Erk To The Diary Room. On this episode, Erk continues to talk about movies that he has in his DVD collection. Once again recording from his mobile Diary Room, Erk talks about working out his new recording application Bossjock, gets distracted by Spiderpig (again!), character impersonations and more including Worst. Massage. Ever.
Welcome to episode 07 of Erk To The Diary Room where once again, Erk is coming to you from his Mobile Diary Room talking about movies that he could have mentioned on episode 5.
Welcome to episode 5 of Erk To The Diary Room, a new Channel Erk podcast where Erk discusses TV, movies, entertainment & more. On this episode, he discovers a new way to record this podcast, talks about police TV shows and movies as well as nearly getting involved in an accident while recording in the mobile Diary Room (his car).
Welcome to episode 04 of Erk To The Diary Room. Erk had intended to talk about a different selection of shows but an incident at his day job (a Sydney train driver) made Erk decide to talk about a series of train documentaries either available for viewing more commonly on DVD or as TV series.