Al Murray’s Showbiz Fights, Channel 4

by | Jul 28, 2005 | All, Reviews


• The programme lived up to its promise of being more kickboxing than WWF – it wasn’t afraid to cover the nasty side of famous fights, showing violence in all its gruesome glory.

• Interestingly, the most common example of this was in football. From Cantona dropkicking a spectator to 20 players beating each other senseless, the sport came across as more of a battering, not beautiful, game.

• The schoolchildren acting out famous fights sketch. An amusing addition to the show’s format, especially the Posh (complete with oversized shades) and Jordan catfight – “Your songs make people sick” was the glamour girl’s insult to Mrs. Beckham.

• We still love Robbie Williams’ tactic of sending Noel Gallagher a wreath after hearing a new Oasis album. We felt like doing the same earlier this year.

• Gail Platt AKA The Chinless Wonder versus Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street, a fantastic handbags at dawn routine. On finding out her future son-in-law was secretly gay, Mrs Platt greeted his builder brother with the line “Oh look it’s the rest of the Village People”.

• The Prescott Punch. Still not as shocking as the mullet of egg-slinger Craig Evans’ though.


• Al Murray as host – a good idea on paper but no longer performing as his comedy landlord character meant he was rather stiff and uncharismatic.

• Lizzie Bardsley and her bloody bridal-style scrunchie. A horrifically vile hybrid of Jabba The Hut and ASBO recipient, this reality ‘star’ no longer deserves any more exposure. As demonstrated in her interview with Murray, she is also desperately in need of a sports bra.

• Goldie Lookin’ Chain as talking heads. The joke really isn’t funny anymore guys.

• Vic & Bob’s play fights in the Top 10 – they rather diluted the programme’s raison d’etre.

• Chris Eubank, a catalyst for narcolepsy.

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