Monday, 5 June 2006
Sven, the Coach, the Cash and His Lovers, More4/Channel 4
Mischief-making at the expense of the greedy, untrustworthy England manager is always to be welcomed – unless England actually win the World Cup, in which case we'll revere him and never forgive More4 for treating him so badly.
What was good about it?
• As in Double Take, Alison Jackson's deliberately scratchy hidden camera footage is stylish and clever and the lookalikes were pretty convincing, although office worker Spike Jefferson only looked Svennish from certain angles.
• The portrayal of the FA executive as a bunch of northern gits ("I'd like to go mining in her pit.")
• The funniest scene – just a few seconds long – was when Victoria Beckham was giving Sven an earful on the phone ("I'm not going to Aston Villa wherever that is, thank you!")
• Other good moments included a pissed Sven being indiscreet with a fake Fake Sheik; getting lost with Tord Grip on the way to Sheffield Wednesday; Sven giggling: "Where in my contract does it say that I can't fuck the women?"; the players taunting Sven with a blow-up Ulrika doll; Sven fussing about the dirty dishes and his newly-ironed shirt before indulging in passion; Sven styling the hair of Becks and Rio; Sven stroking Rooney's broken foot; Theo Walcott struggling to start his car and then running over Rooney's foot.
What was bad about it?
• It wasn't quite funny enough, much of the satire was predictable, and it started to drag.
• The use of loathsome talking heads such as Max Clifford, Amanda Platell, Racist Ron Atkinson and Faria Alam. Even Keith Allen was rendered unfunny.
• The critique of Sven's greed was spot-on but the segment about his sex life got too sleazy, especially in the Nine And A Half Weeks parody in which Ulrika rubs his pallid flesh with wet herrings.
Watch: Vicky McClure and Morven Christie in trailer for 'The Replacement'
The BBC have released the trailer for upcoming drama The Replacement starring Vicky McClure and Morven Christie . This three-part psyc...
The Good Karma Hospital: Putting the Sun in Sunday Night
Before I sat down to write this review I was staring out of the office window. It's the start of the February and it's miserable. Th...
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 ...
TheCustardtv Podcast: Unforgotten, The Moorside, Legion and More!
Matt and Luke discuss Dan Stevens in Legion from FX. The mesmerising final installment of Unforgotten and Sheridan Smith in The Moorside...
This Week in TV: Food Glorious Food, Lightfields, Saturday Night Takeaway, Mary and Martha and Heading Out
Hello and welcome back quite a lot to get through this week so let's get cracking. Here's a new recipe for you - take eight lar...
The TVweek: Sunday 19th - Friday 24th February 2017
Sunday 7.00pm Take Me Out: Celebrity Special ITV - Paddy McGuinness plays cupid for three famous and single men in this celebrity edition o...
TheCustardTVPodcast: 24 Legacy and No Offence to name a few..
This week we discuss 24's spin off 24 Legacy , Acquitted from Walter Presents, Australian drama The Kettering Incident and the wond...
BBC ONE confirm cast for 'Trust Me'
The BBC have released new details of new drama Trust Me . Jodie Whittaker (B roadchurch, Adult Life Skills ) will star as Cath Hardacre...