They Think It’s All Over, BBC1

by | Oct 24, 2005 | All, Reviews


• Lee Mack did very well on his hosting debut, following Nick Hancock who had been a great presenter but seemed tired of trotting out the same jokes year after year

• The gag about the German version of the show

• Rory McGrath’s verdict on Ian Wright’s chat show – “It’s crappy.”

• Jonathan Ross likening Nasser Hussain to Moses who also had a run of bad luck in the one dayers

• It may be childish and it may be un-PC but the anti-German jokes, especially about at the 5-1 drubbing, still raise a smile.

• “Gavin Henson is 6ft2, 16 stone and shaves his chest 3 times a week. Not for nothing is he known as the Welsh Lindsey Davenport.”

• Rory McGrath remains funny – even Jonathan Ross gives him respect.

• Lee Mack – “The words ‘short straw’ spring to mind” as Rory and Ian got to feel the England Women’s Cricket team while Jonathan and Boris Becker got to feel Andy Fordham. As Jonathan felt the lardy darts man’s huge belly, he asked: “Is it Eamonn Holmes?”

• The new Sporting Pose round, complete with NOT putting the answer on screen.


• The team captains. Boris Becker and Ian Wright are nowhere near as likable as Gary Lineker and David Gower.

• Although Lee Mack did well we do miss Nick Hancock. He is wittier and certainly knows his sport.

• Jonathan’s suit – we had to adjust our colour

• Ian Wright is just too smug and self satisfied. AND WHY DOES HE HAVE TO SHOUT?

• We miss the handbags round.

• Jermain Jenas’s performance was like his England career. Promising start and then faded into the background.

• Jonathan getting his arse out.

Luke Knowles

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