Did we like it?
“New titles, new set, new presenter, welcome to the last series of Never Mind The Buzzcocks,” Simon Amstell announced at the top of the show. He’s just so self-deprecatory! And he’s wrong. It’ll run forever if he maintains the quality he achieved as Mark Lamarr’s replacement.
What was good about it?
• Simon being mean to everyone, treating Anthea Turner as a washed-up celeb (and throwing away her tiresome autobiography), treating Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross as a nonentity (“Paul Young’s on the show next week. I’ve heard of him”), treating comic Phil Nicholl as a Canadian and treating ex-Misteeq signer Aleesha as one of those girls who pretends to be more street than they actually are.
• The pre-show sketch in which Simon refused to do a pre-show sketch
• Simon’s suggestion that Anthea had gone away for five years to learn a new skill so she could get back on TV. And once she’d accomplished folding and putting toothbrushes in a cup, BBC3 had hired her for Perfect Housewives.
• When Aleesha explained her single Lipstick “is about women not being so bitchy to each other,” Simon claimed that before the show “you were calling Anthea a home-wrecking slut.”
• Simon revealing: “Aleesha’s mum is a hairdresser and she used to run the Misteeq fan club, giving her just 22 hours a day for hairdressing and two hours for lunch.”
• It was good to see a member of Blodwyn Pig on the Identity Parade
What was bad about it?
• Phill Jupitus’s new image: jazz-loving accountant sprang to mind.
• Bill Bailey’s old image. Maybe time to bring in new blood.
• Cheryl Tweedy being caught stealing tyres in a Girls Aloud video
• It wasn’t good to see a member of Toploader on the Identity Parade