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Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night, Channel 4

Did we like it?
This was nowhere near as bad as it could have been. Moyles has the tendency to allow his horribly huge ego to obstruct proceedings. However, on this occasion we found him to be quite entertaining. The major problem with this show is its format which consists of three celebrities sat in some sort of tank, one exits each round to sit with Moyles and be asked questions by one celebrity on the subject of…you guessed it- celebrity!. And people say that this nation is celebrity obsessed.

What was good about it?
• We never thought we’d be saying this but Chris Moyles was adequate. Not many radio presenters can transcend between radio and television and, in the past, he was in this category. However, we found him to be natural in front of the camera and actually quite funny. We also greatly appreciated the lack of his Radio1 colleagues/cronies who, on his past TV appearances such as Gordon Ramsay’s Cookalong Live, have provided all the laughs for him, made him complacent and dragged him down.
• Moyles’ constant berating of Louis Walsh; nice to see that lousy little man get a taste of his own medicine.
• It’s obvious to anyone that Moyles has a weak starting line up in Barbara Windsor, Louis Walsh and Mark Ronson; in terms of novelty value this might as well have been Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong. For this reason, he had the chance to shine without a D-lister or professional comedian present to overshadow him. He saw his window of opportunity and took it.

What was bad about it?
• The format! It’s just pointless. If asked, we wouldn’t be able to tell you who won this episode because we don’t care.
• Following on from the previous comment, the slot for this show is completely inappropriate. At 10pm on a Sunday night, people don’t want to think about answering quiz questions, they want something easy to digest. Plus the method of answering the questions is prctically anciet – felt tip pen and paper? Why not the fancy interactive screens used on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year?
• Except for the comedy value of cutting Louis Walsh off mid sentence when he was trying to make a point, exactly what was THE point in having the celebs in a screen covered tank complete with a Moyles operated on/off switch?
• Mark Ronson. His winey transatlantic accent makes him sound like he’s constantly wasted and he is just filled with his own self importance. In reality, he is most famous for is covering other people’s songs by adding a few trumpets to them.
– Liam Smedley

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