Your Country Needs You, BBC1

by | Jan 13, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

We only lasted about half an hour before we had to bale out, fearing that we’d be petrified due to boredom.

What was good about it?

• The England team was obviously the brightest.

What was bad about it?

• Patrick Kielty could have been a contender. He could have been one of the most cutting comics of his generation. Instead, he’s turned into pap, a limp light entertainment puppet.

• The format, and epic length, was similar to test The Nation which worked a few times but now stretches anyone’s stamina.

• The quality of the “celebrity” guests: omnipresent Myleene Klass and EastEnder Perry Fenwick representing England, Fred MacAulay and Carol Smillie (Scotland), Colin Jackson and Sian ‘Lembik-less’ Lloyd (Wales) and Dennis Taylor and someone called Zoe Salmon (N Ireland)

• The encouragement given to the Welsh, Irish and Scots to show off the anti-English chips on their shoulder turned it into blatant racism.

Luke Knowles

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