TV & Radio | Anorak - Part 22

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

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

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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.



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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.






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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)

In 1978 Sex Pistol John Lydon told the BBC he’d like to murder Jimmy Savile (audio)

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IN October 1978, when Jimmy Savile was in his paedo pomp, seducing kids on the BBC with the vow that Jim’ll Fix It and spinning the discs on Radio 1, Johnny Rotten wanted to murder him.  In this clip, John Lydon talks about killing the protected Savile.

The interview features on Public Image’s album Religion Attack. This part about Savile never did make the Beeb’s final cut for broadcast:

Posted: 7th, July 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music, TV & Radio | Comments (3)

Wendy Hurrell is the BBC weather forecaster who did something unpredictable

wendy hurrell

TV WEATHER forecasters exist to predict what is going to happen next. It’s a job that always struck me as dull.

People like talking about the weather – ‘It’s warm today’, ‘Turned out nice again’, ‘Rotten day’ etc. Knowing what it’s going to be like tomorrow or in a week only reduces such conversations when they might be enlarged by an element of surprise – ‘What will it be like tomorrow? Some say it will rain balls of ice; others say sunshine and light winds?’

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

Beach lifeguard dashes into the sea to save a drowning man…slowly

lifeguard fail

LIKE you, we love a man in uniform. This man is a lifeguard at Virginia Beach. We join the action as our hero takes to the waters to save a drowning soul…

Posted: 3rd, July 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

All hail the life-sized Dexter cake!

dexter cake

DEXTER’S ‘dark passenger’ allows him to throw off the shackles of humdrum like in the ‘burbs and go around stabbing folk through the heart while they’re wrapped in clingfilm. Of course, he’s not real and we can’t hope to emulate him… until now!

Thanks to a life-sized cake replica of the TV serial killer, we can now stab Dexter Morgan! Then we can eat him like we’re Jeffrey Dahmer or something!

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

‘Alan Shearer provides expert anal’ – and other epic subtitle fails

When subtitlers go bad

At the conclusion of the Confederations Cup, British television audiences will be left with a host of magical memories featuring skill, technique, determination and sheer endurance. Is there no limit to Alan Shearer’s talents? It seems not…

subtitle fails


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Posted: 1st, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment

2004: Chris Morris and Alan Partridge discuss the deaths of JFK, Princess Diana and September 11

the day today

IN 2004,  The Day Today in 2004, Chris Morris & Alan Partridge were discussing the death of JFK and Princess Diana.

And what happened on September 11, with Peter O’Hanrahanrahan live from the World Trade Center:

Posted: 30th, June 2013 | In: Flashback, TV & Radio | Comment

The New Yorker cover shows Sesame Street’s Bert & Ernie in gay embrace

newyorker bert and ernie

THE New Yorker’s July covers are Moment of Joy. They show Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie snuggled up in front of a TV broadcasting the Supreme Court of the United States’ sanctioning of gay marriage.

Artist Jack Hunter says:

“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime. This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”

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Posted: 28th, June 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

No news: TV news readers fills 60 seconds airtime with no news

TV news fail

HELEN Kapalos has no news. This is tough for a TV news presenting Channel 7′s Today Tonight. 

Should she just make up something to fill the dead air? She opted to waffle, telling viewers, “we’ll continue to bring you continuing coverage throughout the evening on our news but now we’ll also be crossing to our viewer poll shortly.”

And if in doubt press F1:

“Now to a Muslim who was on his way to becoming a radical…”


Posted: 28th, June 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Reporter drops double F bomb, which is nice

NEWS reporters dread the phrase “Kent countryside” for fear of getting their tongue tied. Sometimes, reporters just turn the air blue because their brains switch off.

And so to the Fox staffer who went potty mouthed over some strawberries.

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Posted: 28th, June 2013 | In: Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment