An Audience Without Jeremy Beadle, ITV1

by | May 20, 2008 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

As a tribute to the much maligned/much admired TV star, this tackfest was about as appropriate as pissing all over his gravestone.

What was good about it?

• Seeing the genuine affection that many people had for the prankster.

• Learning a little about his haphazard career, from ever genial Terry Wogan, before he found fame via a brilliant LBC phone-in show and thereafter on television. And learning about his charity work from the beloved Anneka Rice.

• Seeing some of the victims of Beadle’s About pranks. The shock obviously aged them all a great deal!

What was bad about it?

• The cheesy, tacky approach, with Chris Tarrant as the gurning host; the chorus of “I was his best friend”; Henry Kelly droning on; other luvvies (even Sir Alan Sugar) gushing; and a rather random selection of clips.

• The recreation of a classic Game For A Laugh stunt – the one with Duncan Goodhew’s head being felt up – using Michael Underwood, a man so bland and breezy that he’s on GMTV.

• The pointless poll to pick the best of the pranks.

• The uncomfortable contributions from audience members Ken Campbell, who struggled through his “hilarious” story, and Stephen Mulherne, who had nothing to say.

• Laurie Holloway at the piano playing the theme tunes of Beadle’s great hits. Why?

• Sarah Kennedy. Well I never!

Luke Knowles

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