How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? BBC1

by | Jul 29, 2006 | All, Reviews

Quality entertainment, enjoyable singing, witty scripts… these are a few of our favourite things. Therefore, this show isn’t.

What was good about it?

• Playing the Whose The Most Orange? game as we watched the feeble, overtanned judges sitting through the series of unexciting auditions.

What was bad about it?

• Andrew Lloyd-Webber (“I like to take risks”) smirking, speaking, breathing…

• Graham Norton delivering a wit-free, cliché-packed script without aplomb – and certainly without deserving his huge pay packet.

• Norton mugging at the camera and hugging the rejects.

• Judge Zoe Tyler trying to emulate the silly old cow act of Sharon Osbourne on The X Factor, while fellow judges John Barrowman and David Ian tried hard not to be bland but failed.

• The title. The title sequence (fighting nuns on a mountain top)

• The singing from overgrown stage school brats, attention seeking freaks and glass-shattering shrillers.

• The claim that the show “shocked the theatre world to its core” rather overstated the few moans from proper actresses who felt cheated by this amateur hour approach to casting.

• The desperation of the girls to get into Maria School and remain in with a shot of appearing (probably for a week or two) in the West End revival of The Sound Of Music.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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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