My God! I’m A Dad, Bravo

by | Aug 2, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

BBC2’s stranglehold on moanathons is broken with this entertaining series featuring celebrities talking about their lad-to-dad dilemmas.

What was good about it?

• The most likeable contributors: Chris Bisson and Jimi Mistry, together with undrunk pints, Virgin Radio’s Geoff Lloyd (“I love the size of the trolleys,” was his view on B&Q) and Simon Greenall

• The quirky title sequence and the faked home movies featuring a hapless bloke who resembled a thin David Baddiel

• Vic Reeves went out of his way to be entertaining, showing us his shed which contains a bar, music, nuts and a figurine of AC/DC’s Angus Young

• In this homes and gardens edition, the men were forced to boast about their toolbox contents; proclaim their love of powertools, hoes and bodge jobs; and face up to the fact that “DIY in the bathroom” has changed from something a little mucky to… err, something a little mucky

• Alexander Armstrong’s narration, using a deliberately groan-inducing script (“from cutting shapes on the dancefloor to cutting shapes into the hall carpet”)

• Dan Hipgrave’s confession that his only foray into DIY was a failed attempt to put up a beaded curtain to keep flies at bay

• Paul Tonkinson’s bending steel face

• Geoff Lloyd’s decision to use his garden shed for its rightful purpose. “I am going to go out and buy a selection of pornographic magazines to hide away. It’s an important part of manhood. I’ll hide them in a drawer under some sandpaper.”

What was bad about it?

• The most unlikable contributors: Wayne Hemingway (boring), cricketer Ashley Giles and his dad (nothing to say), a duo from Dirty Vegas (stupid), Phil Tufnell (all of the above)

• The editing was too fast – after just a few words, off we went to another talking head.

• Goldie Lookin’ Chain’s guide to shopping in a DIY superstore

• We’ve always been overjoyed when we’ve assembled some flatpack furniture so felt a bit disheartened when Vic Reeves insisted: “It’s just like doing a jigsaw.”

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

02/08/2006

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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