Wogan: Now & Then, UKTV Gold

by | Jan 24, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

Terry’s return to our screens with a mishmash of new interviews and flashbacks to his BBC1 Wogan shows was uneven and lightweight. The format needs polishing if we’re to watch many more.

What was good about it?

• Christopher Lee, an actor with a wealth of experience (more than 215 films to his name), talked about his time in the industry, and who he rated from the current crop of young actors – Johnny Depp.

• David Icke, the conspircy theorists’ conspiracy theorist, made a welcome return to the Wogan sofa. The passage of time has widened his girth alarmingly but hasn’t mellowed his views. At one stage, the ghost of Mike Myers Scottish father character from So I Married An Axe Murderer entered proceedings as Icke claimed that a network of families had been controlling the world since Roman times. He didn’t actually say: “The Gettys, the Rothchilds, the Queen and Colonel Sanders…” but that’s only because Terry cut him short.

• The interview with Ulrika Jonsson with Terry intimating – in the nicest possible way of course – that she was an old slapper was quite amusing.

• Tracking the progress of Terry’s changing “hair”styles was an interesting insight into the wigmakers’ art.

What was bad about it?

• Terry seemed very nervous in his interview with Christopher Lee, probably a consequence of his time away from TV interviewing.

• The interview with Christopher Lee was frustratingly brief and lightweight. Lee started anecdotes about making Lord Of The Rings and The Wicker Man but instead of probing deeper and gaining some genuine and potentially exclusive insights into the making of these classics, Terry simply moved on to his next – predetermined – question.

• The programme idents that appeared before and after each flashback seemed to take up half the programme.

• Fearne Cotton’s interview resembled a conversation you’d have with someone on the way to the pub toilet. Two minutes long, and nothing of any interest said.

• Watching the Icke interview was pretty uncomfortable. He was obviously bitter about the fallout from the original interview in 1991, and is clearly a man with ‘issues’. He looked to be shaking with rage at certain stages.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

24/01/2006

Editor of the website and host of the podcast. A general TV obsessive. I've been running the site since 2008 and you can usually find me in front of the TV. My Favourite show of all time is Breaking Bad with Cracker coming a close second. I feel so passionately that television can change the world and I'm doing my little bit by running this site. You're Welcome!

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