The Cowboy Trap, Channel 4

by | Aug 23, 2004 | All, Reviews

What to say of you liked it

A humorous evolution of Rogue Traders, where the viewer gets the added satisfaction of seeing the crooked cowboy being made a fool of by actors pretending to be customers

What to say of you disliked it

A low rent hybrid of Watchdog and Beadle’s About that couldn’t have been made any worse if Jeremy Beadle had himself turned up wearing a false beard in the guise of a traffic warden

What was good about it?

• Malcolm the unscrupulous burglar alarm salesman came under fierce interrogation from his frail “victim” Daisy who asked him if the system he was trying to flog her would detect Wookiees and Jedi

• With Malcolm’s patience wearing thin, Daisy asked him if he accepted “time travellers’ cheques”

What was bad about it?

• It was on too late. For a new series that could be shown at 8.00pm, to broadcast at midnight demonstrates very little faith from the schedulers in its quality

• Terence the dodgy plumber exhibited so little charisma, you didn’t care about his supposed humiliation, even when he showed he was in that disturbingly large band of men who believe that no matter how old and ugly (and Terence was a Quasimodo in his 50s) they think have a chance with young women

• Terence’s false scenario saw him help busty blonde Daisy prepare for an air hostess interview. No matter how absurd the situation, you feel that Terence got more out of the ruse as he ogled Daisy for long enough to retain the memory of her until he got back home to tug on his own leaky pipe

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