Only Fools On Horses, BBC1

by | Jun 7, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

A smouldering pile of manure the BBC must have found with its grubby shovel while mucking out in the reality TV stable.

What was good about it?

• While Angus Deayton was almost reduced to cheerleader status, we did enjoy his sadistic pleasure obtained from footage of the falls suffered by the “celebrity” showjumpers

• Ruby Wax was the only competitor to add a spark of life to the dreary shambles, encouraging her horse Mr Kenneth Fudge like it was a simple child

• Laughing when we realised Changing Rooms harridan Anna Ryder Richardson resembles the older sister of Big Brother’s Lea

• Making the contestants run into the arena as if they were all desperate to catch the bus to fameland

• Duncan Ballantyne breaking his arm – a comeback for his curmudgeonly attitude on Dragon’s Den

What was bad about it?

• It dragged on and on, providing no entertainment or excitement during the misnamed First Night Frightener

• The boring facts about the horses (one loves chocolate digestives, one sleeps at 2pm etc)

• The over reliance on TV’s blandest presenters eg Sally Gunnell, Jenni Falconer, Suzi Perry, Nicki Chapman

• Kirsty Gallagher – a terrible interviewer on top of being a bland presenter

• Celebrities banging on about charity

• The pointlessness of the judging panel, seeing as there was a totally adequate scoring system to rank the riders.

• The pointlessness of judge Jodie Kidd in general.

• Only Hollyoaks actor Matt Littler fell off.

• Josie D’Arby was voted out when we’d far rather have seen the back of Nonentity Nicki Chapman

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