Come And Have A Go with Julian Clary, BBC1

by | Apr 23, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

“It’s a gorgeous interactive game show,” according to Julian.

What to say if you disliked it

“It’s not exactly University Challenge,” according to Julian.

What was good about it?• Julian Clary being back in primetime. But he’s going to have to improve rapidly if this latest version of the lottery show isn’t going to the TV equivalent of a scrunched-up losing ticket.

• Emily Maitliss from BBC London News taking the Nitwit Natasha sidekick role but carrying it off without simpering or losing any credibility. And her voice sounded okay. We normally watch her on the news screaming out for her to get rid of the frog that inhabits her throat most nights.

• Julian’s justified wariness of the audience. “I try not to touch the general public,” he said. “I prefer not to look at them.”

• The range of questions was good – from Dr Who to linguine, sharks to EastEnders, Vicky Pollard to Spam – but they were asked in that painfully slow Test The Nation style that saps one’s interest very quickly.

• The smiley young man in the audience sitting behind Nick from Milton Keynes

What was bad about it?

• The complete lack of tension in the quiz. Even the most mild-mannered pub quiz gets more exciting than this. Julian lacks the ability of game show greats who can convince contestants that going home with a toaster is the greatest thing that’ll ever happen to them. Winners Lynne and Dudley clinched the £50,000 prize but Julian treated with less excitement than any normal person would display if two cherries came up on a fruit machine.

• The abundance of tension as Julian became a rabbit in the headlights as he went through the rigmarole of reciting the rules (aka Mark Durden-Smith Syndrome)

• The camp references to Mykonos, snowball drinks and queens with moustaches which failed to amuse the audience

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