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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

I’ve Never Seen Star Wars, BBC4

Did we like it?
Take Room 101 and rip it off with a slight twist, and you’re left with I’ve Never Seen Star Wars. Based on the simple concept of giving celebrities cultural experiences that they’ve yet to experience and seeing if they enjoy it, this was fairly amusing – though that may be because Marcus Brigstocke’s first guest was the witty Clive Anderson. By the time they get around to inviting Jordan on the show (‘I’ve Never Read a Book’) we’ll have probably stopped watching.

What was good about it?
• Anderson has never read Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. And we could only empathise as the realisation dawned on him that women don’t want their partners to offer solutions to their problems – they just want men to listen to them and make appropriate soothing noises. But where’s the fun in that? As Brigstocke pointed out, “Why present me with a problem if you don’t want it fixed? Keep it to your bloody self!”
• Anderson finally got round to watching the excellent Withnail and I, and thoroughly enjoyed it – giving it 9 out of 10 as an experience.
• Watching Clive do judo and throwing a champion to the ground, was curiously satisfying – especially the way he kept checking his opponent was ok.

What was bad about it?
• As it was the first show of a new series, you’d think they’d have made an effort to find a guest who hadn’t seen Star Wars. But they hadn’t.
• The set and seating arrangement is virtually identical to Room 101

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