Totally Frank, Channel 4

by | Sep 25, 2005 | All, Reviews

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 was good about it?

• The school teacheresque host of TV talent show Famemaker, where our four heroines met (and lost)

• It didn’t feature too much bad singing.

• ” Where’s Neve? She better be laying dead somewhere. Because if she isn’t, I’m gonna kill her ”

• Pretty girls of all shapes and sizes.

• They didn’t use a pale imitation of Simon Cowell on Famemaker.

• The predictable but nevertheless pleasing comeuppance of the A&R man.

• The ramshackle, reggae-lite version of Total Eclipse Of The Heart performed by the four girls, who, all of a sudden, also became great musicians, too.

What was bad about it?

• Lazy stereotypes of people in the music industry and in girl groups.

• The TV being thrown from the hotel window.

• It was all very patronising towards a mainly teenage audience.

• Very slow moving.

• The girl who thought she was going to screw up but didn’t. Gosh, what a shock!

• The tacky theme tune and incidental music.

• The soppy sentimental speeches.

• It’s basically just a record company marketing tool

Luke Knowles

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