Friday, 15 December 2006
It Started With Swap Shop, BBC2
A good idea ruined by an whooping studio audience getting far too excited about Space Dust and Posh Paws' roar and laughing far too readily at Noel Edmonds' attempts at humour.
What was good about it?
• The juxtaposition of a boring boy who collects bookmarks with Adam Ant talking to fans, a boy doing the Rubik's Cube in 37 seconds to Trev and Simon's legendary laundrette sketches (we hated all that Swing Your Pants nonsense, though) to a drunk Captain Sensible
• The nailing of evil Timothy who failed to send in a Snoopy rubber he'd promised to two girls
• Michael Crawford shiowing genuine emotion when he saw the clip of two kids with Down's syndrome dancing to a Phantom of the Opera song.
What was bad about it?
The original show was revolutionary and fun; now we hate Noel Edmonds and look back on his reign as king of Saturday morning TV with distaste.
• Edmonds' silly giggle when he thinks he's saying something funny (he did have one goodish line, introducing cook Smith with "Delia Or No Deila")
• John Craven's false teeth causing his voice to hiss
• Keith Chegwin. Too full of himself (and booze) then; still too full of himself now.
• Dame Edna Everage phoned in – and Noel managed to make the encounter unfunny! Genius.
• That bloody perspex globe with the letters in. One of the more stupid gimmicks.
• Margaret Thatcher
• Chris Moyles
• Andi Peters and Emma Forbes sobbing. Yuck!
• The girl who got to meet Take That has, it seems, spent the intervening years consuming pies, so it didn't do her any favours, did it?
Red Rock: Much more than a daytime soap
Contributed by Colin Mc Mahon The world of soap can be a fickle place. While the Big Three may still rule the ratings on their respective...
Comedy reboots: Never go back
Contributed by Deborah Shrewsbury So something worrying occurred last week. Images of the new Porridge remake were circulated around t...
Boy Meets Girl: A welcome return?
Contributed by Matt Donnelly It's great when a TV comedy can come out of nowhere and surprise you and that's exactly what Boy Mee...
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 ...
Fleabag: modern life is rubbish is BBC3's newest comedy.
Contributed by Colin Mc Mahon Greedy. Perverted. Selfish. Apathetic. Cynical. Depraved. Just some of the adjectives that the titular F...
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...
Desert Island Dramas: Gary's picks
So, imagine you were marooned on a desert island. You've got basic provisions which naturally includes a television. Which ten dramas...
The Secret Agent: Exciting Sunday night drama
Contributed by Phil Wilkinson-Jones With everything that’s going on the world at the moment, it would be pretty brave to commission a ser...