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The tinsels' down, the turkey's but a distant memory, there's only
Peanut Cracknell left in the tin of Roses, and my hangover's almost
gone. Back to normal service.
"Blind Date Live!"
(ITV, Sat 7.30) Why? I can just see the board meeting now...
"Well, we spent far too much money on the celeb Christmas special, so
we've got to get back on budget now. We can either make every
date for the rest of the series to Bognor Regis, or we can con money
out of the general public by making them think they're having an effect
on the outcome of the show." Hmmmm, difficult choce
that! What a load of rubbish! I'm sure it was
fixed, it always is. And this was worse than normal.
As for Cilla's little "Surprise Surprise", well, I'll give her the
benefit of the doubt that this wasn't the entire reason behind the live
show. Let's hope it's the final nail in the coffin,
eh? Face it, this show gave us Amanda Holden.
"Eastenders - Dot's
Story" (BBC1, Thu 7.30)
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Just to prove I'm not entirely an
hard-hearted old cynic. I loved this, I was nearly in tears.
The build-up was fantastic, not a hint as to what the "big, dark
secret" might have been right up until the very end. Me, the
cat & the budgie were taking bets as to what the secret would
be. Cat won. Grrrrrrr. It kind of explains Dot's
going mad after Ethel's death. Would you want to get on the
wrong side of her now? Scary lady.
"Shooting Stars" (BBC2,
Mon 9.30) Something else that should have been pensioned off
a while ago. I hate to say it, but it's past its best
now. Nothing has ever been able to beet Ulrika de-icing a car
windscreen using her bottom. Or so I'm told. But
Curtis Stigers in a perspex box was one of my teenage
fantasies, so they get a minor reprieve.
"The Kumars at Number
42" (BBC2, Mon 10.00) OK, I raved
about the last series. But that's what it should have
been. The Last Series. Learn from the lessons of
Dennis Pennis, Mrs Merton etc. Spoof interviews will only
last as long as people don't know what's going on. It's too
popular now, & too well known. Half the fun was the
confused looks of the guests, but now they're just expecting
it. And anything that has four fifths of Westlife
gets an automatic F for Fail in my book.
And now, a new feature for the new year. Quiz answer of the
week. For all those moments when watching 15 to 1, Weakest
Link, HIGNFY and the like, and you don't know the answer.
Just substitute with my answer of the week. It might be
right, it might be funny. It might just annoy your
family. Quiz answer of this week... Grapefruit Segments.
Lorraines predictions for 2003
UK TV awards 2002 the Lorr's
Lorraine's lyrical tribute
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