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TV review Issue 31
Oh joy, oh bliss, oh rapture,
it's "Children in Need"
(BBC1, Fri 7pm onwards). I'm going to conduct a little
experiment this year, not quite as scientific as Dave Gorman, but an
experiment none the less. Exactly how many minutes can I stand
watching this before I need to either vomit or throw the tv out of a
top floor window? Immediate switch off for any of the
following: Boybands (or their individual members), Anyone who has
featured in Popstars, Pop Idol, Fame Academy, or similar, Big Brother
contestants (including Celebrity Big Brother), Weather Forecasters
singing, World Record Attempts, 2 or more programmes coming together
for a "hilarious one off special".
The result? 30 seconds. As soon as the titles had
ended, Will Young appears on my screen. OK, let's be honest,
Will Young's chin appeared on my screen, the rest of him followed about
10 seconds later.
Gaby Roslin is trying to shout in a Davina McCall type manner, which
doesn't work when you're an ineffective blonde bit only there to ease
the pain of over 4 hours of Terry Wogan. I'm sure this
programme didn't used to be just an extended Top Of The Pops with added
begging, but that's the way it seems now. It's like being
stuck in Victoria tube station for a whole evening.
10.30.update. I have lived for XX years without seeing Jeremy
Bowen in stockings and suspenders. My life would have been
much more pleasant if I could have continued it that way.
"The Robbie Williams
Show" (BBC1, Sat, 9pm)
Robbbbbbbbbbbbbieeeeeeeeeeeeeee! The World's Most Handsome
Man? Well, who am I to argue? You can say what you
like about his technical singing ability, but the man knows how to
entertain. Just a couple of disappointments with this, I
wasn't in the audience, and Robbie kept his clothes on.
Sun, 5.35) Dear neighbours, I am very, very sorry.
I will try not to let it happen again.
"Dead Ringers" (BBC2,
Mon 9pm) I like Phil Cornwell (I can't be the only person to
remember Remote Control, can I?) I like John Culshaw in a
Rory-Bremner-lite manner. Why do I hate this? Do we
need another impressionist show? Rory Bremner for the
political, Alistair McGowan for the rest. I think this is
trying to bridge the gap. The usual suspects - Dubya, Saddam,
Nigella, the Royals, the only new one was David Dickinson,
but as the Orange Man has been on every trailer for this over the last
few weeks, it's not exactly a surprise. The Newsreaders In
Need sketch was the only highlight. As this is supposed to be
recorded only a day or so before transmission, I think that was meant
to be the "topical gag", but it could have just been an accurate
guess. There are better impressionists about, and
funnier. Samey and second rate. I need to get out
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