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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: Praising Big Brother, Advocating Nuking Nick Robinson

by | 10th, January 2014

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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: Praising Big Brother, advocating nuking Nick Robinson


AS a smug, entitled, metropolitan dicksplash with a $50 vocabulary and a tendency to watch things with subtitles now and then I’m meant to dismiss Channel 5’s rebooted Big Brother franchise. Richard Desmond is a porn peddler turned newspaper baron turned TV channel king so we’re meant to squish our faces into cartoon disgust as if a man selling jizz mags is worse than arms dealers, Saudi princes who keep their people in a state of oppressed ignorance or Russians whose money was scrabbled up in the twilight of the Soviet era by standing on the heads of others and doing a fair bit of backstabbing both literal and figurative. Richard Desmond doesn’t seem like a particularly nice bloke but most newspaper proprietors are like crap James Bond villains so it doesn’t make him stand out really. I like that he’s invested money in bringing Big Brother back to its best because Desmond and his demonic underlings understand the key point of Big Brother : make it funny, make it entertaining, make it ridiculous. Channel 4’s problem was that it kept trying to hang on to the notion of Big Brother as social experiment rather than freak show with freaks who bloody love all that attention.

Celebrity Big Brother is the zenith of the Channel 5 Big Brother experience. It has got casting down to an art Jim Davidson chained to a Nolan, Lee Ryan being Lee Ryan, Evander Holyfield looking more out of place than a box of condoms on the Mother Superior’s desk and a smattering of models whose only point is to feed The Daily Star with more big breasted happy-faced types to plaster on its pages and allow its readers to fantasise that such women might ever look at a Star reader and think “mmm, the egg stain on his tie and the sweat crusted under the arms of his shirt are such a turn on”. CBB on Channel 5 is a formula but one that Channel 5 has totally nailed. Emma Willis is also 500 times the presenter Davina “This is Davina” McCall ever was. Big Brother on Channel 5 is the Big Mac of popular television, disdained by hand-wringing liberals who want to tell you what to enjoy but perfect for the job it’s designed to do.

Also from the drawer marked “Stupidly Fun”, Sherlock this week was much, much, much, much better than the first episode of the series. With the introduction of Drunk Sherlock and the teasingly built structure of Sherlock delivering a best man’s speech jumping through flashbacks and building a case that came to pass during the wedding, Moffat, Gattis

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