School’s Out, BBC1

by | Apr 5, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

There’s so little to watch on BBC1 before 9pm nowadays (and most shows are totally unwatchable eg Davina, docubores, DIYbores, EastEnders) so it’s a nice surprise to be able to recommend this amusing early evening quiz show.

What was good about it?

• The format and set was much better than the similar That’ll Test ‘Em.

• Danny Wallace didn’t exactly convince us that he’s much of a comic (a dearth of jokes in the script) but his ad libbing was okay and he held the show together well.

• Richard Bacon was on it, and we love him, but he was overshadowed by the wonderful Shelley Rudman (Britain’s Winter Olympics medallist), who was a lively, nutty and thick guest and deserves to get a lot more TV work.

• The French oral exam, with subtitles, worked brilliantly, thanks to the severity of Mademoiselle Virginie. “Do you speak French?” she asked Richard Bacon. “A pea,” he replied. Shelley did a little better, coming out with lines such as “I have play at athletics.”

• The terrifying pupils who posed the maths question.

What was bad about it?

• The third contestant was Richard Hammond, that eager-to-please twerp from Top Gear and that ITV1 talk show flop.

• The pathetic boast that the winner could donate “a massive £2,000” to a school of their choice.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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