TV & Radio Category
Television and radio programme reviews, trailers, highlights, twilights and cinema news. Also the neglected gems from years past.
The Daily Star (prop. Richard Desmond) often leads with news of Big Brother, the show on Channel 5 (prop. R. Desmond).
Do the ownber’s business interests impace on the Star’s editorial policy? Of course not. It’s just that Big Brother (peop. R. Desmond) is such huge news is must be on the front page. These headlines appeared on the paper of record in 2014. We haven’t included the small front-page snippets, just the big splashes:
Did you see the X Factor’s highlight the week?
As @ronniejoice tweets:
Girl calls into #XtraFactor via Skype. Her flatmate is stood behind topless. You have to love live telly sometimes.
And that was the X Factor highlight of the week.
THERE’S nothing quite as morbid and depressing as watching football coverage on ITV. In Adrian Chiles, you have a man who looks like pudding doing an impression of. the. slow. concentration. of. Tim. Love. Joy. and in Andy Townsend, you have a man paid huge sums to point out things that have happened in play, a full 5 seconds after the viewers at home have already noticed.
Then there’s Clive Tyldesley, who can’t be arsed learning the names of foreign played (notably, James Rodriguez) and who is in possession of a faux-grandiosity that is as irritating as it is insincere.
So, the bad news is that ITV are hoping to steal the Premier League highlights from the BBC and Match of the Day. You can almost hear U2’s ‘Beautiful Day’ striking up and Matt Smith blankly looking into camera.
WHY did weeping Gemma Collins quit the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! jungle? The Sun knows:
DEVASTATED Gemma Collins last night revealed her four days in the jungle had been haunted by the memory of her bitter break-up with her boyfriend. The Towie star — who dramatically quit I’m A Celebrity yesterday — admitted she was struggling to cope after the bust-up with Alex Moss hours before flying to Australia.
EVER been to a disco that made you feel awkward, terrible and upset at the realisation that you were among your people?
TWO lines to listen out for in this video of a man on a bike doing a 22mph wheelie in the City of London and the policeman telling him off:
Our favoutite is, “Get out the SQuare Mile and don’t come back”. John Wayne would be proud.
That narrowly beats, “You can tell your friends about the big telling off you got from a policeman on a horse”.
DECORATE your Christmas Tree with a weeping angel, as seen on Dr Who.
THIRTY years ago, Michael Buerk brought the pain of millions of starving Ethiopians to British screens. His BBC report in 1984 sparked Bob Geldof to create Live Aid.
Buerk said the broadcast was one of “the most influential pieces of television ever broadcast [prompting] a surge of generosity across the world for Ethiopia[that raised] more than $130 million”.
ITV2 have killed off Dapper Laughs show On The Pull because the star, one Daniel O’Reilly, made a joke about rape.
The Daily Mirror helped trigger the campaign to end the show by pointing to O’Reilly’s performance at London Scala, in which he told a female audience member:
“She’s gagging for a rape. Yep, we’ll have a chat afterwards. She’s having a chat about ‘yeah, I get quite tight but I get a bit… poor girl. Do you want to come backstage after? Bring two of your mates, you’ll need them.”
IAN Dennis recalls advice the BBC’s John Motson gave him 26 years ago.
TV listing of the day – Life mirrors Private Eye: me any my spoon:
TLC has called time on the Roald Dahl docu-drama Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo because reports suggest child star Honey Boo-Boo’s mother, one “Mama June” , is currently dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel.
This charming man served 10 years jail time for having forced oral sex on an 8-year-old girl.
TLC thought broadcasting the show featuring mum’s new lover would be a step too far. After all, the Boo Boo clan are paid, and some of TLC’s cash might end up in McDaniel’s pockets.
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SHOULD we laugh? Wince? Upload the video then call an ambulabnce? Whilst attempting to take a selfie, this man fell into the dock. A TV camera crew captured the moment.
We’ll know if he lived when the video he uploads his own video.
Spotter: Tastefully Offensive
WE’VE had this on loop all day:
TO Australia, where Channel 7’s Dancing With The Stars is compelling.
The twisted clown is called Mark Holden. He’s here to entertain yer:
BACK in 1976, BBC TV’s Top Of the Pops featured an all-female dance troupe.
554 Simpsons couch gags in one minute at the same time
THE Apprentice is a great TV show. You get to watch people you would never like to work with.
At fisrt glance, a few thigns to note about this year’s crop:
ROBERT Popper is on the line:
LESLEY The Pony has a great day:
JEREMIAH McDonald explains the creative process:
GARY Busey has won the 2014 series of Celebrity Big Brother.
His trading cards is worth a look.
ITV presenter Adrian Chiles at the St Jakob-Park Stadium, Basel, is ready for this close up.
WHEN the Daily Star declares “White Dee In BB 3-Way Romp”, you don’t know whether to take a peek or look away.
Deirdre Kelly — “White Dee” — is the break-out star of Benefits Street, TV’s fly-in-the-biscuit tin look at the welfare state through the eyes of UKIP recruiters for whom benefits are the disease not the symptom of poverty, poor education and unemployment.
Dee was the Street’s sedatory matriach and protector of the weak. She’s moved from James Turner Street, Birmingham, to a Z-list holding bay in leafy Elstree, where she’s having a Big Brother threesome.
Given that the Star is owned by Richard Desmond, who also publishes hardcore porn, the “romp” holds much promise for sticky-fingered readers.