Sunday, 4 September 2005
Celebrity Shark Bait, ITV1
Another top-notch effort from ITV in How To Humiliate A Celebrity, this one-off reality show also worked as a gripping thriller set in the natural world.
What to say if you disliked it
The poor sharks.
What was good about it?
• Despite a cheap and routine premise (out of work celebrities go to the wild and experience peril at the hands of Mother Nature), the show did provide fascinating, enthralling and at times nerve-wracking footage of life under water. It also went further than the likes of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and educated its audience about nature (“Great whites have no regard for celebrity. In the sea everyone tastes the same”). The end result was a programme that fulfilled its promise of getting us up close and personal to the legendary creatures.
• Ruby Wax’s jibes. Our favourites included “For an athlete, [Colin Jackson] is pretty smart”, “You [Emmerdale’s Amy Nuttall] are not a bimbo, you’re just unformed” and “There’s only one Jordan, the others can be found on all fours in pastures”.
• Ruby also joking (we think) said that Amy should go first into the diving cage because “she’s the freshest meat we’ve got”.
• Amy constantly wearing the expression of someone who has just been told they’re about to die.
• The hilariously sober instructors who approached training with a consistent sense of doom. Obviously briefed by producers to up the terror factor, their knack of sending shivers through all four contestants was still impressive however. Showing the celebs a recording of a shark dive going wrong was a particularly cruel touch we thought.
• Ruby in a wetsuit – probably the scariest thing ever seen at sea.
What was bad about it?
• The programme began with the promise of celebrities being stripped of their privilege but this was proved inaccurate when accommodation was revealed to be a luxurious apartment stocked with champagne.
• The laborious narration which was intent on establishing a foreboding atmosphere. The references to South Africa’s Shark Lady as some kind of mythical figure diluted the show’s appealing realism.
• As with all of these shows, the build up to the main event was strained and lengthy, while the actual shark dives themselves were over in a flash.
In the Flesh: Why we should be shouting about this more
Amid the tremendous bevy of high quality programmes delivered over the past few months – Prey , Happy Valley , From There to Here ...
What to Expect from The Lady Vanishes
Sunday night has long been the home of period drama on BBC One with recent examples being Upstairs Downstairs and Call the Midwife. Thi...
The TV week – what's new June 28-July 4
Lennie James in Fallout Saturday 4.15pm/9.30pm/midnight Glastonbury 2008 BBC2 – Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe and Phill ...
ITV launches new Drama trailer
Today (Monday 14th January 2013) ITV1 became ITV. I know nobody likes change do they? With the rebrand came a new trailer showcasing the for...
Born Sloppy, Channel 4
For those of us mystified by the popularity of Sara Cox, Born Sloppy provided no clues. As a Radio 1 breakfast show presenter, she's no...
2014: Our picks for the best of the year.
So we've done it! We've reached the end of the year. 2014 wasn't as packed as last year, but when it was good, it was very go...
Did we like it? Our ITV, which art in trouble, ridiculed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come; thy off switch will be pressed, on t...