youth entertainment

Everybody Loves Lil’ Chris, Channel 4

Did we like it? Some bits were a little cheap and crude, but the show has potential. What was good about it? • Chris' natural talent as an aspiring talk show host with guests Robyn, Shayne Ward, The Hoosiers and Keith Lemon. He showed no sign of nerves, and got away...

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Gossip Girl, ITV2

Did we like it? This is certainly an accomplished, glossy teen drama – but we're a little too sophisticated these days to be totally enthralled by vacuous people falling in and out of love, veering from war to peace, and struggling into the coolest outfits. What was...

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Skins, E4

Series two Did we like it? Just as Queer As Folk was a brilliant drama that just happened to have gay characters rather than a ‘gay drama’, after this superb opener Skins is well on the way to being a brilliant drama that just happens to have a mainly young cast...

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Nearly Famous, E4

Did we like it? It's Skins without bones, or Fame with acne, but still amounted to a mildly entertaining hour of drama, nonetheless. What was good about it? • The calm production, which may have been rather odd for a youth drama but gave the series opener plenty of...

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High School Musical 2, Disney Channel

Did we like it? Not as much as the first film, but it it's almost as gay (in both senses of the word), colourful, corny, uplifting and sweet as candy. What was good about it? • The best song was the opening number, What Time Is It? (hooray, it is summer time rather...

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Generation Xcess, ITV2

Did we like it? A horrible yawning abyss of stupidity into which plummeted the equally depraved nights out of two 20-year-olds, while a metaphorical giant finger wagged disapprovingly in their direction with all the bleating futility of a shipwrecked sailor clinging...

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Skins, E4

Did we like it? After seeing the flashy trailer, we were expecting an As If-style drama with lots of pace and great Asboed-up characters. It fails to hit that mark (these kids even sit down to breakfast with their families!), yet is still watchable. What was good...

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Life As We Know It, LivingTV

What to say if you liked it? Another US teen drama that's like, so-o-o way cool, man. What to say if you disliked it? Whatever! What's good about it? • As US teen dramas go (not very far), it gets straight to the point – they all want sex. It's not going to take five...

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Stop Treating Me Like A Kid, E4

Did we like it? We enjoyed the opening episode of this social experiment in which seven teenagers who desperately crave independence are thrown together in a house in the middle of the Devon countryside to see how well they cope with adult responsibilities. The teens...

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Freshly Squeezed, Channel 4

Did we like it? About as appealing as watching a freshly squeezed zit, pouring with pus and blood. What was good about it? • The acoustic version of Hey Kid by gravel-voiced Busted boy Matt Willis • The vids by Kasabian (cut too short), Missy Elliott and Keane • The...

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Sinchronicity, BBC3

Did we like it? If the human race had evolved with only the emotional depth of a rapidly desiccating puddle, this drama would be a modern Bible on impulsive, shallow behaviour that would have to push its way through a throng of “hosanna-ing” buck-toothed stockbrokers;...

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That’ll Test ‘Em, More4

Debut: Tuesday 4 April 2006 Did we like it? As a TV quiz, this parents-versus-pupils clash was average, with the questions either falling into the camp of general knowledge or esoteric facts you only ever need to know to pass exams, but proceedings were enhanced by...

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Little Shopping Horrors, BBC3

Did we like it? It was great on two counts. Firstly, it exposed how amoral clothes firms exploit the inherently susceptible minds of children to peddle their extortionately-priced garments. And secondly, it broke a cardinal rule of TV – do not make children unhappy...

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Teen Angels, BBC3

What to say if you liked it Crumbs of comfort for parents of kids who mumble and shrug a bit, smoke the odd fag and play their Maroon 5 records a little too loud. What to say if you didn’t like it Another pick at the scab of TV's latest obsession – troublesome teens....

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Totally Frank, Channel 4

What to say if you liked it A 21st-century equivalent of Rock Follies (that 1970s drama series that starred raunchy Rula Lenska and was cruelly overlooked in ITV's 50 Greatest Shows) What to say if you disliked like it The Spice Girls have a lot to answer for. What...

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When Blue Peter Became Abba, Channel 4

What to say if you liked it Despite having no real purpose (ex-Blue Peter presenters form an Abba tribute band and er, that’s it), this one-off celeb/reality show was surprisingly warm, funny and uplifting. What to say if you disliked it A thoroughly shameful exercise...

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Popworld, Channel 4

What to say if you liked it By a long way, the best TV pop show we have at the moment. What to say if you didn't like it TV pop shows should all be bland, homogenised and easy to digest. They should have no sense of self-awareness, feature the same acts as every other...

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CD:UK, ITV1

What to say if you liked it The country's premier pop music show gets a repaint and is back better than ever with new presenters Lauren Laverne, Myleene Klass and Johny Pitts. What to say if you didn't like it It might as well have been called Cat Deeley UK for how it...

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No Sex Please, We’re Teenagers, BBC2

What to say if you liked it? About time, something to stop the awful younger generation from having sex. We never had sex in our day. What to say if you didn't like it? Just as the Romans used to throw Christians to the lions for a cheap thrill, BBC2 sends London kids...

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Brat Camp Series 2, Channel 4/E4

2005 series The seven teens in order of awfulness 1 – Alex. Binge drinker, whinge thinker. "I don't think there's any point going out drinking if you're not gonna get hammered." She suffered more than anyone in Camp Turnabout but Hardman Wayne seems to be relishing...

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Celebrity Wrestling, ITV1

What to say if you liked it A carnival of razzmatazz and indoor fireworks in which top American wrestlers guide a pair of teams brimming with British "celebrities" through the painful pitfalls of wrestling. What to say if you didn’t like it If Celebrity Wrestling was...

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The Morning After Show, Channel 4

What to say if you liked it Hangover TV at its best, filling the void for trendy, cool magazine programmes for young people What to say if you didn't like it A rehash of cheesy magazine programmes such as R:ISE aimed at people too high/low to tell how bad they are...

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H Side Story, Channel 4

What to say if you liked it The loveable one from Steps, H, bravely swallows his pride and goes back to school at the Royal Academy of Music in order to better himself and his undoubted talents. A shame more so-called stars can't do the same thing. What to say if you...

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