Christian O’Connell’s Sunday Service, Sky One

by | Jun 16, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

It’s Christian’s best TV work to date, but the anarchic, inventive Virgin DJ still can’t translate successfully from radio to TV.

What was good about it?

• The chemistry between Christian and his radio sidekick Chris Smith was the one thing that didn’t suffer from having cameras present.

• The show raced through a succession of quick items so, if something sucked, there was always hope that you were just a minute or so away from a success. The best items were the humourless speccy girl filmed issuing instructions to bewildered builders, “The Very Reverend” Christopher Biggins reading a sermon from Jodie Marsh’s autobiography; the guest appearance by Angel Delight-ed Ross Noble; and The Bribe Is Right competition to win a scooter.

• The clip of Richard Madeley interviewing that Geordie woman who woke up speaking with a Jamaican accent: “You really are takin’ on de Jamaican lilt,” he enthused.

• Barry the wind-up merchant pulled off a great prank by taking a van on a test drive-cum-shopping mission for three hours, 37 minutes before the salesman lost his patience. An admirable feat – but it didn’t really ever become funny.

What was bad about it?

• Christian’s reputation has been made by his spontaneous humour on radio – and despite several TV efforts, he can’t deliver scripted gags with any conviction.

• “Great to see Kylie Minogue is on the mend,” was a jarring piece of sincerity from Mr Cynical.

• “Bear in mind it’s a family show,” after a reference to spunk was so lame.

• Tedious segments such as Phonebook Bingo, the confessions (especially from the woman who wees in swimming pools), Brian On Telly and the poor parody of 24 called 24 Hour Garage.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

16/06/2006

Editor of the website and host of the podcast. A general TV obsessive. I've been running the site since 2008 and you can usually find me in front of the TV. My Favourite show of all time is Breaking Bad with Cracker coming a close second. I feel so passionately that television can change the world and I'm doing my little bit by running this site. You're Welcome!

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