TV & Radio | Anorak - Part 20

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Television and radio programme reviews, trailers, highlights, twilights and cinema news. Also the neglected gems from years past.

Local News watch: Bullet-proof squirrel teams up with bomb-proof parasite

Bulletproof squirrel

ABC WGNO – “God bless Louisiana” –  reports on a remarkable rodent: ”

Bulletproof Squirrel Proves to be Quite a Survivor

Tyler Wing reports:

A squirrel on the North Shore of Louisiana is alive and still gathering nuts after apparently taking a bullet. “How is he alive? How did that bullet get there?” wonders scenic and wildlife photographer Christine Regusa, who discovered the bulletproof squirrel in her Covington backyard.

Says Regusa:

“I was on the bench over there. Squirrel was right by the tree. Didn’t even look at the picture after I took it until the next night.  Then I realized, oh, no! It’s a bullet!”


Says Dr. Rose Lemarie at Southeast Veterinary Specialists.

“Clearly the squirrel has been shot.”

Thsi leads to the follow-up shocker:

WGNO Viewers Offer Other Explanation For Bulletproof Squirrel

Some of our viewers also let us know that the lump could be from a worm parasite instead.

For now, there’s no word of any plans to trap the squirrel and find out for sure.

A local news mystery endures…

Posted: 8th, September 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Australian newsreader: “Tonight, I’m going to sound like a drunk…”

THE news is so often stuffy and depressing, that it’s nice when it goes a bit awry. Take, for example, the news anchor in Australia who is going viral no doubt, after her late-night bulletin was coloured with a rather peculiar on-air comment.

WIN News Canberra anchor Kerryn Johnson accidentally began the broadcast by saying: “Good evening. Tonight I’m going to sound like a drunk.”

Obviously, and needlessly, Johnson has expressed a fair amount of embarrassment about the whole thing.

WIN issued a statement after the incident that read:

“This is a newsreader who sets a very high standard for herself. To have it go to air when it was not intended to has been more than embarrassing for her. Kerryn has been presenting news for over two decades and has never put a foot wrong. I’m sure our viewers will understand.’

Have a listen:

Posted: 5th, September 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Chris Fountain sacked by Corrie after this ‘rape rap’

Chris Fountain arrives at the TV Choice Awards at the Dorchester hotel in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday 10 September, 2012. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

OVER in Yorkshire, there’s a fall-down funny group of rappers called SY Cypher. They freestyle in a self deprecating manner, often threatening to shoot each other with guns they clearly don’t have. Their videos have been hilarious and canny, but alas, no more.

The group had to make all their videos private after they got much more attention than they bargained for, after Coronation Street/Hollyoaks alumni Chris Fountain decided to get in on the act. Appearing masked as ‘The Phantom’, Fountain did a lousy rap with a heap of crass jokes, which regrettably included something about rape.

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Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment

Newsreader interrupted live on-air by her own child

Lena Alwash

CHILDREN are idiots aren’t they? Especially your own. And one Moroccan newsreader found that out when her daughter interrupted her at work while she was live on telly.

Lena Alwash’s live broadcast on Morocco’s Medi 1 TV channel is interrupted when her daughter randomly appears behind her to hand her a mobile.

Upon realising her mum might actually be working and addressing viewers, rather than just blankly talking to the ether in a stern voice, the child realises how dim she is and tries to duck out of shot.

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Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Boy celebrates his new toy ‘boner’

TOY of the day: A 3-year old boy loves hi new “boner”.

Spotter: Most Watched Today

Posted: 2nd, September 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Bad Ad Watch: Status Quo for Australian shop Coles

BAD Ad Watch: Status Quo for Australian shop Coles:

Are you with the Quo or Adele, who said:

 “I don’t want my name anywhere near another brand. I don’t wanna be tainted, or haunted, and I don’t wanna sell out in any way. I think it’s shameful.”

Was Bill Hicks right – are the Quo now “off the artistic roll call forever. You’re another whore at the capitalist gang bang … Everything you say is suspect and every word that comes out of your mouth is now like a turd falling into my drink.”

Are the Quo selling groceries or just selling out?

Posted: 28th, August 2013 | In: Music, The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comments (3)

Channel 4 turns One Direction fans into its latest freak show

Liam Payne (left) and Harry Styles of One Direction meet fans outside Radio 1 in London.

NO-ONE loves music more than teenagers and, no-one loves One Direction more than teenager girls. With that, Channel 4 decided to air a documentary about 1D’s fans, painting them in a less than flattering light. That’s Channel 4’s forte at the minute, mocking people who need a council house, can’t speak English, are part of the travelling community and people on benefits.

If you’re working class or foreign in Britain, you can thank Channel 4 for turning your social media feeds into something akin to a UKIP rally.

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Posted: 17th, August 2013 | In: Music, TV & Radio | Comment

Whodunnit in Scotland: ‘It wasn’t me’

ANORAK presents a Whodunnit, Scotland style:

Other reasons to love the Scots.

Spotter: Other Parents

Posted: 17th, August 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Channel 4 to broadcast from a public toilet

channel 4 toilet

REMEMBER the story about the Glasgow nightclub called Shimmy, that got closed down because it let people spy on the girls toilets through a pervy mirror?

Everyone was pretty outraged that someone would do something so obviously weird… everyone apart from Channel 4 who it seems have taken the idea and are going to turn it into a television show.

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Posted: 14th, August 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

News anchor wears tampons for earrings

tampon earrigns

REMEMBER when Texas became the most stupid place on Earth after they decided they wanted to make women’s minds up for them concerning their wombs, and then, as further idiocy, confiscated tampons and the like at further hearings?

Well, Americans weren’t standing for it and told them to stop being dicks.

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Posted: 2nd, August 2013 | In: Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment

Woman impersonates Stevie Wonder on Your Face Sounds Familiar

stevie wonder greece

A BRITISH (?) woman impersonates Stevie Wonder on Greek TV show Your Face Sounds Familiar. This would only get better were it revealed that the crew members leading Wonder Woman to her chair is the actual Steve Wonder:

Posted: 1st, August 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Is the answer ‘India, Graham?’ The Australian radio quiz gets serious

india radio prank

THOSE Australia pranksters don’t just do silly English accents. In this call, rival radio station gets people to prank call this guy who hosts a quiz show, getting them all to give the same answer to a question.

The answer is “India“.

“Hello, Graham, could you repeat the question, please.”

The longer it goes on, the funnier it gets. You find yourself waiting for the words “India”. When it comes, it’s a blessed relief. And funny…

Posted: 29th, July 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

The funniest moments from the Royal baby coverage on BBC and Sky News

royal baby george black no news

FOR those of you who missed the Royal Baby Prince George coverage on the telly, here are a few highlights to keep as souvenirs:

Kay Burley gets a Brazilian

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Posted: 26th, July 2013 | In: Royal Family, TV & Radio | Comment

Soldier returns after 6 months and cat sees him for the first time

AWWWW! Soldier returns after 6 months and cat sees him for the first time:

Posted: 25th, July 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Royal Baby: ‘Its a black boy’ on Sky News with Kate Burley (video)

royal baby black

SKY NEWS’ Kay Burley was LIVE! outsides St Mary’s hospital for the Royal baby’s emergence. She did not smoke. She did not not bite her nails. Burley Kate eased her nerves by talking and talking and talking. At one point she asked the crowd what they thought of the news. A woman said she had been hoping for a boy. The man next to her added “the news it said black boy”. Burley was lost for words. he just smirks:

Posted: 23rd, July 2013 | In: Royal Family, TV & Radio | Comment

Costco Shopping carts filmed invading South Carolina

DO supermarket trolleys have minds of their own? Yes. At the Costco, Spartanburg, South Carolina, trolleys are moving out.

If you listen closely, you can hear them squeaking out the Duckworth Chant:

I don’t know, but it’s been said
Walmart carts are easy in bed…

Posted: 20th, July 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

1973: Jimmy Savile hid in a Womble suit on Top of The Pops to leer at young girls

savile the wombles

OPERATION Yewtree calls The Wombles.

Mike Batt wrote their music. He went on the record:

In 1974 The Wombles were the biggest selling act in the U.K. It all came about by my being hired to do the music for this little TV series, five minutes long, that the BBC did. These funny little puppet things being stop-animated into rather twee adventures picking up litter on Wimbledon Common. Instead of getting the £200 fee for it, I asked if I could have the character rights to the music. That was worth nothing, because there was no band or anything, so they gave me that instead.

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Posted: 13th, July 2013 | In: Flashback, Music, TV & Radio | Comments (5)

TV news misreports Asiana pilot names as ‘Sum Ting Wong’ and ‘Wi Tu Lo’

WHEN Asiana Flight 214 crashed onto the tarmac in San Francisco, Oakland’s KTVU cranked up the journalisomobile and “confirmed” the names of the pilot and crew.


san franciso flight error prank


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Posted: 13th, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment

Scan tells if your fetus is a lesbian

YES. Your fetus can be a lesbian, says Shelley Argent, Australian National Spokesperson for the Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays (PFLAG).

Other scans can tell if your fetus is: bisexual, gay, assexual, interested in shagging dead peacocks or a swinger…

Posted: 12th, July 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Drawing a dick on the Tour de France

AS you know Anorak appreciates a well-drawn knob. You can learn how to draw one here and here. Or you can watch TV coverage of the Tour de France.

tour de france penis




Posted: 12th, July 2013 | In: Sports, TV & Radio | Comment

Fox News reporter throws basketball in toddler’s face

Titus Ashby

FOX News reporters are all dreadful and are probably secret Illuminati lizards or something, so it should come as no surprise that one such anchor made an infant cry, live on TV.

The child in question is called ‘Trick Shot’ Titus Ashby who has deadly accuracy in the paint, lobbing free-throws in for fun. He’s two years old.

He’s been hitting the hoop since he was 15 months young, so it is no surprise that he’s making TV appearances.

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Posted: 12th, July 2013 | In: Sports, TV & Radio | Comment

Royal hoax DJ Mel Grieg blames her employers for nurse’s death – but that’s ridiculous

mel greig sues

JACINTHA Saldanha blamed the DJS who tricked her for her suicide in December 2012. The 46-year-old mother of two took a hoax call while working at King Edward VII’s Hospital, London, where Kate Middleton had been undergoing treatment for acute morning sickness. In her suicide note, she blamed Michael Christian and Mel Greig for her state of mind.

Allegedly, the deceased was a depressive who had tried to end her life before.

So. What happened next? Well, her family were forced to get over a terrible loss.

In June, one of the pranksters, DJ Christian, was given the “top jock” award at the Southern Cross Austereo network, which still employs him.  He was thrilled, stating:

“From the start I felt like I had something to prove to myself. That regardless of all that’s happened in the past few months I’m still at the top of my game. So it felt good to see my name at the top of the final leader board.”

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Posted: 10th, July 2013 | In: Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment

A cockatiel plays peekaboo

IN this video a cockatiel plays peekaboo.

It beings super cute. But after a while it become tortuous. The cockatiel is trapped. You end up waiting for the inevitable peekaboo in much the same way you route out your toothache by running your tongue over it. Yep, still there. Ouch.

Peek. A. Boo.

Posted: 9th, July 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Fartgate: the great ‘iconic’ wind-passing moments from the cultural archives

FART for art’s sake

As The Archers Fartgate rumbles on, we look back at those great ‘iconic’ wind-passing moments from the cultural archives.



farting radio

When Jezza McCreary recently passed wind in Radio 4’s The Archers, he was not the first character to do so. (It was in the script, by the way – this was no accident.) But it was the first time a character had done it audibly – and actor Ryan Kelly was offered a selection of farts by the sound effects department before picking one that he decided was suitably “fruity” for a man who had been eating steak and potatoes and drinking beer.




In 1973 Peregrine Worsthorne (pictured here with wife Lucinda Lambton) became the second person to say the word ‘fuck’ on British television. Years later, the former editor of the Sunday Telegraph would behave even more unpleasantly on a London Underground train. Sir Perry was annoyed by a passenger eating a burger – his ostensible reason being the odour, but this was no doubt exacerbated by a general disapproval of public eating and a specific disapproval of eating burgers anywhere. In revenge, Worsthorne stood near the man and farted into his face.





Le Pétomane (‘Fart maniac’) Joseph Pujol was a professional flatulist who rose to fame in the late nineteenth century, when he entertained the crowned heads of Europe with his bizarre stage act. Standout moments included sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, playing tunes through a rubber tube stuck up his arse, and blowing out a candle from several metres away. Leonard Rossiter plays the great man here…



Silver Screen


Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles achieved legendary status in the Seventies for this spectacular ground-breaking scene.


But Mike Leigh’s 1976 film Nuts In May outdoes it for sordid verisimilitude (0.55.55).


TV Drama

Casual farting is as commonplace as casual violence in HBO’s landmark series The Sopranos. Usually the bowel action takes place in the offices at Satriale’s Pork Store. On this occasion, however, it occurs in more dramatic fashion after Tony tries an Indian.



Pop singer




Former teacher Robert ‘Doc’ Cox was a stalwart of the BBC’s terrible That’s Life! in the 1980s. Ivor Biggun is his musician persona, with a string of releases such as his 1978 hit The Winker’s Song (misprint). You can no doubt guess the subject of his follow-up misprint, I’ve Parted




During his reign at Liverpool, Gerard Houllier is said to have fined players for farting. Fortunately for Charlie Adams, he left Anfield long ago.



Miriam Margolyes

The national treasure famously farted live on Danny Baker’s radio show – famous because he has repeatedly reminded listeners ever since. But Miriam is far from shy about the topic, and can usually be relied upon to raise it at some point in any interview. In this example, Graham Norton, being a gentleman, saves her the trouble…




Jaques Tati meets Le Pétomane in Vic and Bob’s flatulent homage, which ‘aired’ regularly in The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer. (And full marks for that title, by the way.)



Sex Symbols





Marilyn Monroe and Britney Spears. Both notorious for it, by all accounts.


Singer Britney Spears attends "The X-Factor" viewing party at Mixology on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)


Candle in the Wind was of course written for Monroe, but had nothing to do with Le Pétomane’s party trick. And neither does this picture.





The aptly named Judd Trump found himself temporarily distracted by a member of the audience during his World Championship semi-final against Ronnie O’Sullivan earlier this year.



Jim Royle’s outbursts are ten-a-penny, so here, for the sake of freshness, is Nana doing the honours.



Live TV

‘Air time’ is an occupational hazard for those who perform for hours. The fortunate ones get away with the occasional fart. Others are not so lucky, and find their full-blown incontinence immortalised on Youtube. We have no wish to draw attention to their embarrassment, so we will restrict ourselves to these minor faux pas by ladies who seems to have taken it in good heart.






viz fart
Viz’s revolting Johnny Fartpants clearly wears the fetid trousers in this field, but let’s hear it for our own favourite – the legendary Farting Dogs

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Posted: 7th, July 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment (1)