Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bundy's Fans Desperate for Another Dose of New-Season Fun on the Box; There Are Shows We Love and Ones We Hate, but CHERIE CURTIS Discovers That Most of Us Have a Favourite

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bundy's Fans Desperate for Another Dose of New-Season Fun on the Box; There Are Shows We Love and Ones We Hate, but CHERIE CURTIS Discovers That Most of Us Have a Favourite

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Byline: Cherie Curtis cherie.curtis@news-mail.com.au

IF ANGELA James was tested on the fictional characters living in Wisteria Lane, she'd very likely score an A+.

"I am the biggest fan of Desperate Housewives," Angela, 17, said.

"The plotlines are amusing and intriguing, but the series also presents themes that every woman can relate to.

"It's more than a show - it feels so real."

Love it or hate it, television is part of our lives and - for many of us - it's easy to get caught up in a series that has quirky characters or a provocative plot.

But just because someone collects DVDs or joins a fan club, it doesn't mean they're a couch potato.

A dedicated tap, ballet and jazz enthusiast, Angela juggles dance classes four evenings a week with her Year 12 studies, but says it's regular episodes of Desperate Housewives that keep her motivated.

"I counted down the days until the new season started," Angela said.

"I was super excited and made everyone sit quietly so I wouldn't miss a second of it."

Angela owns all the Desperate Housewives DVDs and a swag of other related merchandise, including the board game, computer game, beach bag and calendar. She even has the T-shirt.

Angela loves all the characters on the show, but if she had to make a choice, her favourite would be Susan or Gabby.

"I think I'm a lot like Gabby, because I like dressing in pretty clothes and I like having a good time," she said.

"It's interesting to see her as the busy mum."

Angela often visits the Desperate Housewives fan club on Facebook, but she avoids websites that may have spoilers to episodes not yet screened in Australia.

"I'd prefer to watch the show as it unfolds, rather than hear what happens," Angela said.

"I have no idea what's happening this season.

"I'm excited that the show has skipped five years, and it's exciting to see what's happened during that time, but it's also a little sad to see where some of the characters are, like where Susan and Mike are separated."

In a totally different universe, Britain's Dr Who has journeyed into the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest-running sci-fi show, and has attracted a whole new generation of Tardis lovers since the series was revived by Russell T Davies four years ago.

"I was quite reluctant to start watching Doctor Who when it started because it was quite sci-fi and I've never really gotten into that genre, but this series provides you with everything you need - romance, adventure, suspense and sometimes even horror," Jocelyn Chang said.

"It's witty in its humour and is totally unpredictable.

"It lacks the repetitiveness of that same story line/new dialogue-type episodes, and gives me a surprise every time."

Now a die-hard fan of the current doctor played by David Tennant, Jocelyn chats about the episodes with friends on forums, collects pictures and re-watches her favourite episodes. …

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