TV & Radio Category
Television and radio programme reviews, trailers, highlights, twilights and cinema news. Also the neglected gems from years past.
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.
LOLA Saunders, a 20 year old fishmonger from South Shields, gave a terrific performance on the X Factor. But, then, she is otherwise known as Lindsay Lohan , star of Freaky Friday and LA courtrooms…
Year of training, darlings. Years…
DAN Stevens is on the dire Good Morning Britain. The Former Downton Abbey star is tlaking about his roles in The Guest and A Walk Among the Tombstones.
NO need to hack Jennifer Lawrence or Rihanna’s iCloud accounts to find naked photos of them – just wait for casting central to offer them a job in Game of Thrones. News is that Cersei Lannister (played by Lena Headey) will walk naked through the streets of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
WITH TV news on 24 hours a day 7 days a week, every story must be teased out to last as long as it can. Even with no or few facts available, the wily news reporter can string things out for 24 hours a day 7 days a week until all the facts are in and we go live to…
THE football world, notwithstanding the scrutiny of the millions of people who obsessively follow its comings and goings, remains a stubbornly closed community. One consequence of this, as I have noted before, is that it is an extremely conformist environment in which new fashions spread almost instantaneously, and adherence is almost total.
Nowhere is this more obvious than in the language of the game. Words and phrases spread like wildfire and are used automatically by everyone within days Sometimes they spread outwards and infect society at large.
This month’s phenomenon is not a word but a sound – a sigh, to be precise.
EVERYTHING I know about Islam I learnt from Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.
What makes it extra special is the “exclusive” banner.
FOR those of you not au fait with Sky Sport News, Jim White is the man who “understands” from “Sky sources” that he has hours of airtime to fill until a team owned by a billionaire actually buys a footballer from another team owned by a billionaire.
Once upon a time White was just another pundit with big black cans on his ears and a windproofed ‘SKY SPORTS’ branded microphone in his paws.
TISAWAS does the ice-bucket challenge:
Can you name all the bucketeers…?
James Alexander Gordon and the poetry of the pools
BBC announcer James Alexander Gordon, whose voice was synonymous with the football results, has died at the age of 78.
Although he started reading the results in 1973, in the heyday of flares and platform boots, he seemed to personify an earlier short-back-and-sides era, when the ‘wireless’ was still the main conduit for live football. A time when teams played at the same time – 3pm on a Saturday – allowing for a comprehensive results service at 5 O’Clock, heralded by Sports Report’s stirring theme tune, ‘Out of the Blue’ played by the Central RAF band (and here by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)…
These were not any old results, like those garbled and sometimes unreliable missives that sprang from the manic teleprinter…
No, these were the CLASSIFIED football results, and their significance – aside from the footballing issues resting upon them – was that the football pools relied upon them.
The pools were the national lottery of their day, able to change people’s lives at a stroke. Dreams could come true, but so could nightmares, as in the case of Viv ‘Spend, Spend, Spend’ Nicholson…
Up and down the land, people would sit glued to the radio, in a quasi-religious shared national experience (in the days before people spoke in such terms), checking their pools coupons to see if they had predicted the requisite results to hit the jackpot. Gordon said he remembered complaints that results could be difficult to follow, and he is credited with innovating a form of inflection that indicated the outcome of the game, and made it easier to follow while studying a piece of paper full of tiny boxes.
Here he talks about his distinctive style…
But even those not interested in gambling – or football itself, for that matter – couldn’t fail to feel some affection for the litany of names, which ranged from the legendary to the most obscure creatures lurking in the depths of the lower English and Scottish leagues. Its soothing effect is rivaled only by the poetry of the shipping forecast.
Here the mellifluous Charlotte Green, successor to Gordon, applies her technique to the sacred text…
And here Mark E Smith tries his hand at it. Radio announcing’s loss was music’s gain, although listening to the auld curmudgeon’s idiosyncratic efforts, some of us live in hope that he will return to this fertile field in the not-too-distant future…