TV Now & Then, UKTV Gold

by | Apr 5, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

It took three whole people to devise this panel game about TV. Three people! And it is just about the flimsiest format you’ll ever see.

What was good about it?

• It is mildly amusing. With Les Dennis as host that was the best one could hope for.

• Les’s script began with a rather good joke – “The show that knew the Grumpy Old Men when they were sulky little boys” – but it petered out after that, and he even had to resort to an impression of Corrie’s Ashley which sounds not dissimilar to his impression of Corrie’s Mavis.

• Jo Brand and Sally Lindsay’s bizarre answers.

• Booking Paul ‘Benny Hawkins’ Henry as the “special guest” (yes, really) provided an excuse to show vintage Crossroads clips from the days when bread waiting to be sliced took pride of place on the kitchen table, great entertainment was derived from sparklers and Meg Mortimer took tranquilisers and wore Deirdre-sized specs.

• The Duchess of Duke Street clip featuring a posh woman using the word “scandalari” led to great great mimicry by Sally.

What was bad about it?

• Nick Hancock being too keen and Jeremy Edwards being too stupid.

• It didn’t exactly mine TV’s greatest seam, with questions thrown in about the dismal Dangerfield and the dreary District Nurse.

• It’s cheap and old-fashioned – qualities which won’t get us rushing back for more.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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