chat shows
How did James Corden’s first show go?

How did James Corden’s first show go?

When it was first announced James Corden would take over from Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show on CBS I remember feeling perplexed. It seem to come completely out of left field. Despite success on Broadway and his beloved Gavin & Stacey being remade...

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What’s on Channel 4 this Christmas?

What’s on Channel 4 this Christmas?

A couple of days after the BBC announced their Christmas line-up; Channel 4 have followed suit with previewing their own festive schedule. Top of the bill is a new feature-length instalment of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror. The special; starring Jon Hamm and Rafe...

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That Sunday Show, ITV

How many times does someone have to make a doomed switch from the BBC to ITV to illustrate that it is almost always a very bad idea. On the BBC, the star is like the inadvertent star of a wildlife documentary. Unassuming but endearing, eliciting affection through its...

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The Justin Lee Collins Show, ITV2

The Justin Lee Collins Show, ITV2

Did we like it? A fairly average stab at a new chat show, with an impressive line up for the firstepisode featuring Catherine Tate, Billie Piper and American comedy actor, Kevin James. However, with Jonathon Ross, Graham Norton and Paul O’Grady already busy on the...

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Richard & Judy’s New Position, Watch

Richard & Judy’s New Position, Watch

Did we like it? They're not particularly great but we've always has some affection for Richard and Judy, so we were pleased to see them back in a show that started well but petered out into nonsense. What was good about it? • The couple's much-loved trademark...

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Lily Allen And Friends, BBC3

Did we like it? The idea of putting a celebrity novice in front of the camera and then to ask dumb questions of their peers as a way for viewers to pass time instead of slitting their wrists has often been tried before. But Lily Allen’s incarnation, even in the face...

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Parkinson, ITV1

Did we like it? To anyone who revelled in their cultural heyday of the 60s and 70s, it must have seemed like a vacation in nostalgia nirvana; to everyone else it was a bunch of old people talking about events that happened before they were born. What was good about...

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The Alan Titchmarsh Show, ITV1

Did we like it? Of course not. The vital question that needs to be answered is, is it worse than That Anthony Cotton Show? The answer: no, surprisingly it isn't. It is tedious, safe, twee and mindless but Cotton is much more rotten. What was good about it? • The...

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That Antony Cotton Show, ITV1

Did we like it? If this had been a parody, it would have been a shoo-in for comedy awards aplenty. But it is, shockingly, for real. Another low benchmark in ITV's withering reputation (yes, it's worse than those Sharon Osbourne and Nigella Lawson chat shows, but will...

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TV Heaven Telly Hell, Channel 4

Did we like it? If this show was hopelessly marooned in a lifeboat adrift on an endless ocean sharing the vessel with other comedy kindred such as QI and Have I Got News For You, it would be one of the first to be clubbed to death with a spare oar and tossed overboard...

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Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, BBC1

• The number of people who gazed at Jonathan’s dazzling tie and had their eyes burnt out instead of viewing it safely in a reflection: 16. • The number of references to Daniel Radcliffe’s “nude scene” in Equus, thus reducing the show to the same low-com-denom status...

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The Big Finish With Graham Norton, BBC1

10 reasons why Saddam Hussein enjoyed the New Year festivities more than us after we became trapped indoors with only Graham Norton and a sickbag of minor celebrities for company. • The teams – “15 of the biggest names of the year” – culled from the scrap yards of...

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The Russell Brand Show, Channel 4

Did we like it? An experience not unlike a bomb going off with windows shattered by deafening levels of amateurism, the foundations upon which there was to be built a chat show weakened to the point of shambolic collapse by the shrapnel of egregious egotism, but...

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The Sharon Osbourne Show, ITV1

Did we like it? ITV tries to replicate the success of The Paul O'Grady Show. Which only makes us wonder why they picked someone as lacking in wit and ability as a presenter or interviewer as Sharon Osbourne. Highlights of the shows on Tuesday and Wednesday • The...

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The Charlotte Church Show, Channel 4

Did we like it? • Iesu H Grist! (Or Jesus H Christ for the non-Welsh speakers) ‘Our Char’ tries to jump the chasm between singer and chat show presenter/ actress and doesn’t even make it halfway – falling into the abyss created by a mostly diabolical concept and...

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