youth entertainment

Looking up into a Gleeful Sky

It's not easy being a Gleek... mocking aside, fans now need to ensure they've got a Sky subscription as Murdoch's empire has got its claws into yet another hit show pinched from E4. We started the senior year with a focus on what could be a natural end to the show:...

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Essay: The Sex Education Show.

Important times for sexual freedom; the illiberal agenda and the interesting case of Nadine Dorries, MP I had several titles in mind for this article. One played on the statistics that ran through the programme that suggested Welsh VW drivers who read the Independent...

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OMG with Peaches Geldof (OMG indeed)

OMG with Peaches Geldof (OMG indeed)

So many things are against this show. The fact it uses one of the lexicographical barbarities of our era in its title – OMG – a phrase most associated who are able store their brains in the cavity in their left back molar when they need their cranium space as an...

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Jamie’s Dream School, Channel 4

Jamie’s Dream School, Channel 4

Jamie Oliver’s quest to rid the nation of all the things that rots its soul has arrived at stupidity. Only it’s not stupidity. The kids – from ‘all backgrounds’, ie, one token posh hoodlum and a bunch of distracted, disruptive, diabolical drop-outs – are, in his eyes,...

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The Speaker, BBC2

Did we like it? Inspired by the great and most persuasive public speakers in history: Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, err, Adolf Hitler etc, "Britain’s teenagers all have something to say." squawked Jane Horrock’s nasally voiceover ‘So we invited them to submit...

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Primeval ITV1, Robin Hood BBC1

Did we like them? Two of the offspring of the Doctor Who sci-fi/ fantasy revival return for a third series. Each continues to offer an entertaining episodic drama serial, loosely linked by an overarching arc, but the main problem they both suffer from endures – a...

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Superagents, BBC2

Did we like it? The sturdy, entertaining Apprentice format is applied to a search for a junior sports agent and it works pretty well. What was good about it? • It shares the best traits of The Apprentice. There's the severe-looking boss (Mel Goldberg) and his eyes and...

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Skins, E4

Skins, E4

Did we like it? A superficial, and not necessarily wrong, impression would be of an appalling drama inhabited by packs of bare-fanged wolves skulking through life in a haze of lust, spite and stupidity. But this is Skins, and after a couple of series that had some...

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Demons, ITV1

Did we like it? Perhaps we’re getting soft in our dotage, but this was the third occasion this week when we’ve been sharpening our hatchets in preparation of butchering a pliant corpse of a show, only to have to put them away again and pull out the aromatic flowers....

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The Last Millionaire, BBC3

Did we like it? The Apprentice provides an adequate annual dose of watching hopeless young businesspeople with ridiculously high self regard so there's no real need for this BBC3 lookalike. That said, this series in which a dozen dynamoes strive to make money in...

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MTV European Music Awards, MTV

Did we like it? In many ways we felt enlightened that a ceremony that once might have represented an accurate picture of the contemporary musical landscape was exposed as a feeding frenzy for redundant, anachronistic record companies. The show itself was probably the...

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Britannia High, ITV1

Britannia High, ITV1

Did we like it? This lame Fame danced around all the old stage school clichés with shameless unoriginality (blame the "creators", Strictly Come Dancing's Arlene Phillips and theatre impresario David Ian). It was lifted ccasionally by the songs written by Gary Barlow,...

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Peaches Geldof: Disappear Here, MTV

Peaches Geldof: Disappear Here, MTV

Did we like it? It was either the further ascent of Peaches Geldof up the spiral staircase of tabloid notoriety, or much more probably, a ‘documentary’ so constricted by MTV’s desultory, manufactured script that every last iota of humanity was squeezed out of it...

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Frock Me, Channel 4

Frock Me, Channel 4

Did we like it? Being over the age of 23, we’re not sure if our opinion matters at all. It was slick, well-presented, fast-moving, colourful, and filled with features that often spouted absolute nonsense, but never taking itself too seriously. What was good about it?...

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Coming of Age, BBC3

Coming of Age, BBC3

Did we like it? Getting a 19-year-old to write a sitcom reflecting the lives of young people is a good idea. Letting him (Tim Dawson) get away with something that plainly doesn't work is a very, very bad idea. What was good about it? • The actors seemed to be just...

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Hole In The Wall, BBC1

Did we like it? If you're IQ is above 70 or your age is above seven, it is best that you avoid this half hour of childishness thrown together from polystyrene, water, lycra and sadly desperate "celebrities". What was good about it? • We're trying to think of a...

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Everybody Dance Now, ITV1

Everybody Dance Now, ITV1

Did we like it? While BBC1 offered the Last Night of the Proms, ITV dredged up another tacky light entertainment show which, err, we actually quite enjoyed. What was good about it? • Apart from her "give it up for" affliction, the pretty-in-pink Fearne Cotton was a...

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The Sex Education Show,  Channel 4

The Sex Education Show, Channel 4

Did we like it? Presenter Anna Richardson did her best to back her claim that "when it comes to sex, Britain is in meltdown", but the programme was a wreckless ragbag of items which revealed little beyond supposedly shock statistics. What was good about it? • Anna...

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Snog, Marry, Avoid?, BBC3

Did we like it? We had hoped this might valiantly take a stand against the facile inducements for women to go out and spend more money in the high street on beauty products they don’t need. It didn't. It was merely yet another facet of this global con as it sought to...

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Scallywagga, BBC3

Did we like it? It's a comedy sketch show so, in time-honoured thecustard.tv fashion, we must say there were hits and there were misses. But, you ask, was the balance towards the former or the latter? And we can reveal a reasonably significant leaning towards.......

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The Wall, BBC3

Did we like it? Opening up with a scatalogical sketch involving Rhys Thomas straining on the toilet and asking Jonathan Ross to wipe his bottom was probably designed to drive discerning viewers away from BBC3's new 'youth' 'entertainment' show. We wish we had buggered...

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