TV & Radio | Anorak - Part 23

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

How would John Lennon & Bob Dylan fare on The Voice?

PEOPLE who sneer at shows like The X Factor and The Voice often wonder how singers of the past would fare. Would Screamin’ Jay Hawkins get Simon Cowell’s approval? Would someone like Nina Simone stand a chance against Olly Murs if it all went to deadlock?

The fact of the matter is, no-one should really care because the 60s were a completely different time where record companies had loads of money to take loads of chances and, most importantly, X Factor is to music what WWE is to sport – it’s just telly!

Either way, over in the States, The Voice USA have made a video where John Lennon and Bob Dylan appear… and you know something? It’s funny than 99% of the jibes spat out by detractors!

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Posted: 26th, June 2013 | In: Music, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

David Cameron hugs The Man With the 10 Stone Testicles

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COMPARE and contrast these hooded testicles:

David Cameron’s speech to the Centre for Social Justice in 2006:

“…I want to say something about what is, for some, a vivid symbol of what has gone wrong with young people in Britain today: hoodies. In May last year, hoodies became political. The Bluewater shopping centre banned them, and the Prime Minister said he backed the ban.

“But, for young people, hoodies are often more defensive than offensive… They’re a way to stay invisible in the street. In a dangerous environment the best thing to do is keep your head down, blend in, don’t stand out. If the police stand for sanctions and penalties, you stand for love. And not a soppy love! I don’t see anyone soppy here. But it is about relationships. It is about emotional security. It is about love.”

Wesley Warren Junior, Channel 4’s Man With the 10 Stone Testicles in 2013:

Wesley, from Las Vegas, US, has to wear a hoodie – placing his legs in the arms and using the hood to support the growth.

Hug away.

PS – Mr Warren Junior’s had surgery to remove his growth.

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

Posters from British wrestling’s glorious heyday

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ONCE upon a time, 4pm on Saturday afternoond meant wrestling on the telly.

You could back the corporate patriot Big Daddy (formerly The Blonde Adonis, Mr. Universe and The Battling Guardsman), the walking famryard Giant Haystacks, Les “Laughing Boy” Kellett, Jackie (“Mr. T.V.”) Pallo, the mysterious Kendo Nagasaki or the villainous – boo! – Mick McManus. You’d tune in to ITV’s World of Sport to see the Greco-Roman tradition enlivened by men in cotton knickers being slapped about the body and head by umbrella and handbag-wielding grannies.

McManus died this year, and we can still heat him crying out in agony – was it real? – “Not the ears, not the ears!” How he hated his ears rubbed.

Was it fixed? Did Big Daddy really put down the gargantuan Haystacks? All real, said McManus:

“It’s ridiculous to say the bouts were fixed. You should have seen the injuries. Sometimes it was impossible to get out of bed the next day because you were battered so badly.”

In 1988, wrestling was taken off the telly. All we’re left with is memories and these wonderful posters:

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Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: Flashback, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment

Newsreader laughs through broadcasts on deadly riots in Brazil and dead kids in India


NATASHA Exelby peppered her Channel Ten Late News news of children dying in India and rioting in Brazil with laughter.

She did not make a phone call to Duchess Kate. But she did apologise.



Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Indian TV news reporter rides peasant through flooded streets

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THIS is how Indian TV news reports on the Uttarakhand flood of 2013. The News Express Reporter is on top of the story, literally:


An Indian television journalist reporting on the deadly floods that have swept northern India has defended his decision to file a report while perched on a survivor’s shoulders.Narayan Pargaien, who works for the local News Express channel, told Indian media website that the criticism he has faced since the video was posted online was unfair.

The reporter claimed that the slight man who carried him, who can be seen wobbling under the strain while standing in ankle-high water, had hoisted him onto his shoulders as a sign of respect.

The man “wanted to show me some respect, as it was the first time someone of my level had visited his house …”

That’s okay, then…

Posted: 22nd, June 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Cat swims in Goldfish bowl (video)

CAT swims in Goldfish bowl.


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

In 1969 Pippi Longstocking (aka Pippi Långstrump) celebrated the word ‘spunk’ (video)

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IN 1969, Pippi Longstocking (aka Pippi Långstrump) was a TV star. Living in her father’s cottage Villa Villekulla, Pippi was free to run and play with her monkey and horse. In this clip, Pippi hangs out with her neighbours Tommy and Annika. The action has been subtitled in English. We see Pippi discover a new flower sent from Japan. She wonders what it should be called. She settles on “spunk”. The caption writer does relent with a single “spoonk”. But soon Pippi is yelling “spunk” at the top of her lungs.

Posted: 18th, June 2013 | In: Flashback, TV & Radio | Comment

7 videos of animals opening doors

ANIMALS opening doors:


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Posted: 18th, June 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Miss USA: Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, contemplates gender inequality (video)

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TO the MISS USA contests, where Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, is contemplating gender inequality. Competitors of beauty pageants are given a rough time, frequently. Not wanting to buck the trend, we’re going to point and laugh at a young woman trying to talk and think at the same time while being stared at by loads of people who want her to fail.

Marissa Powell was competing in Las Vegas when she was asked by host Nene Leakes:

“A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children, women are the primary earners yet they continue to earn less than men. What does it say about society?”

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Posted: 18th, June 2013 | In: Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment

German farmers collect straw bales in the style of Wernher von Braun (video)

Wernher von Braun

IN this video, we catch up with the descendants of Wernher von Braun (“He aimed at the stars but sometimes he hit London”) now working as rocketeer farmers in the German lands:

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

Photo: June 17, 1986 – Boy George appears in an episode of the A Team


FLASHBACK to June 5 1986: Boy George is on the A Team.

The original AP caption runs:

Boy George on the Range in “The A-Team.” British pop star Boy George, left, guest-stars as himself at Saugus, California near Los Angeles, United States, when Faceman (Dirk Benedict, center) inadvertedly books his Culture Club band into a town or rowdy cowboys hankering for some down home music and Hannibal (George Peppard, right) tries to give ’em what they want, in ‘Cowboy George’” which will be broadcast on NBC/TV’s “The A-Team” on Tuesday, June 17, 1986. Mr. T., second from right.

Posted: 11th, June 2013 | In: Flashback, Music, TV & Radio | Comment

Cat plays the drums

HERE’S a video of a cat emerging for him his box and a state of theoretical superposition to play the drums in the style of Ginger (Tom) Baker performing Rudimental’s Waiting All Night.

The cat playing the piano is over here.

Posted: 11th, June 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Watch as newsreaders HATE each other

Nicole Brewer

AS we know, everyone who appears on our TV screens is a preening, bitchy git. And so, let us gaze adoringly at a news anchor and a weather presenter who clearly hate each other.

Nicole Brewer and meteorologist Carol Erickson have been seen sharing snide exchanges live-on-air at their Philadelphia station.

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

Reverend Alicia gives thanks to the Lord (video)

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THE Rev. Alecia would like to give praise to the Lord Yaweh. The evangelist from New York made this hymnal for Manhattan public access:

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

Britain’s Got Talent: Cowell egger Natalie Holt could be as big as Nikitta Angus

'Britain's Got Talent' Final TV Programme, London, Britain.  - 08 Jun 2013

“EGGSTEMIST” Natalie Holt enlivened Richard and Adam’s crooning on the Britain’s Got Talent live finale by chucking eggs at Simon Cowell. Britain’s Got Talent Holt says she did it because she was upset at being asked to pretend to play the violin on stage. She says it was a “stand against people miming on television and against Simon Cowell and  against his influence on the music industry.”

Natalie is 30. In the clip below she’s grinning as she chucks the eggs. It’s almost  as if – as if – it was a stunt. If it wasn’t, why didn’t Natalie do something less telegenic, like stick her fingers down her throat and throw up or read aloud a letter full of Cowell’s limp put downs for the losers he once would have wilfully signed (see his work with Roland Rat, Chaos, Girl Thing, and Robson and Jerome) and asked him why none of the eligible bachelor’s lovers kiss ‘n’ tell. Who needs a super-in junction when you’re pernickety Simon Cowell?

Holt went with raw eggs. Cowell should have caught them unbroken before the cameras pan around to see the crowd agog at this talent. Or else fellow judge David Walliams might have lept across the bench uttering an action film hero’s “Noooooooooooooo!” as he took a pelting in the face for the leader.

As it was, Cowell said he just removed his jacket, which had a spot of egg on it. Holt apologised. And the Sun invited someone called Storm Lee to tell us:

“A lot of people would like to egg Simon. His influence is such that  if you are not liked by him as a musician you are out of luck.”

If he likes you, you get to be big as Cheeky Monkeys, Janey Cutler, Kieran Gaffney, Kieran Gaffney, Only Boys Aloud, Ronan Parke, Connie Talbot, Nikitta Angus, Austin Drage…



Posted: 10th, June 2013 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment

In 1979 Philip Glass taught Sesame Street viewers the Geometry of Circles

Our undated picture shows U.S. composer Philip Glass. (AP-Photo/HO)

Our undated picture shows U.S. composer Philip Glass. (AP-Photo/HO)

CONTINUING our occasional look at Sesame Street, arguably the greatest ever children’s TV show, we look back at Philip Glass’s appearance on it.

Geometry of Circles is a series of unnumbered animation pieces created for Sesame Street in 1979. Cathryn Aison commissioned Philip Glass to write music for animation based on her storyboard which had been submitted to and approved by Edith Zornow of CTW.

The shorts consist of the movement of six circles (each with a different color of the rainbow) that are formed by and split up into various geometric patterns. Glass’s music underscores the animation in a style that closely resembles the “Dance” numbers and the North Starvignettes written during the same time period as hisEinstein on the Beach opera.

The film has featured in public screenings and museum exhibits. In October 2012, the third movement from the film was included in the “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Posted: 7th, June 2013 | In: Flashback, Music, TV & Radio | Comment

Sesame Street presents a Samuel Beckett parody, ‘Waiting for Elmo’

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SESAME Sesame presents Waiting for Elmo, a Samuel Beckett parody (a Monsterpiece Theater production).

“A modern masterpiece, a play so modern and so brilliant that it makes absolutely no sense to anybody” – Alastair Cookie

Spotter: Open Culture  Biblioklept

Posted: 6th, June 2013 | In: Flashback, TV & Radio | Comment

Photo: the first ever Sesame Street Cast (when Oscar was orange)

THIS is the original Sesame Street cast. As you can see Oscar The Grouch is orange, collars are generous, Big Bird looks three sheets to the wind and children are hanging out with adults with no hint of fear. Sesame Street was always great telly. We feel a a few most posts on this great show coming up…

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Spotter: Kottke


Posted: 6th, June 2013 | In: Flashback, TV & Radio | Comment

The creepiest TV adverts of all time

SCARY, creepy adverts stick in the mind. This means they must be working.

Chuck in children and the fear factor is cranked up:

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Posted: 5th, June 2013 | In: The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment

The Internet Animal Orchestra

PRESENTING The Internet Animal Orchestra:

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

Doctor Who is racist? And John Simm hates all the fans?


WHOVIANS are some of the most troubling people on Earth, so you’ve got to be careful what you say to them. They’re dedicated to the show in such a manner that they’ll show much more dedication to telling detractors they’re wrong, than detractors care to listen.

So, with this, we shall tread carefully around fans of Doctor Who, for fear of incurring their wrath and ire. We don’t want to ruffle any feathers.

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

Branded A Witch: The church that purges bed wetters of evil

branded a witch

RELIGIOUS fundamentalism is not refined to any one group. It’s a human condition. A group should not always be  defined by the most awful thing ever done by one its members. But it should be able to explain itself. Here, Richard Bartholomew looks at the BBC Three show Branded a Witch, in which young British mother of Congolese heritage named Kevani Kanda visited Congo to see the consequences of child-witch accusations in the country.

The statistics are grim: 50,000 children held in churches for abusive “deliverance” sessions, and 20,000 living in the streets after being thrown out by relatives who believe that they are the cause of misfortune or ill-health. As the programme notes, the problem is the result of years of chaos and conflict in the country, which have led to the distortion of traditional beliefs.

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Posted: 27th, May 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Lancashire duo killed and roasted lamb in field, a la Bear Grylls

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OUR attitude to meat is odd. We’re all entertained when Bear Grylls pops up on the telly to climb inside a hollowed out camel or eats raw zebra. But when Matthew Davidson, 28, and Kevin Sherratt, 33, picked up a lamb at a Macclesfield, Cheshire, farm, killed it with a hammer and roasted it, we’re sending them to court.

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Posted: 24th, May 2013 | In: Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment

Cancer survivor rotates her leg 180 degrees in TV talent show

Jen O'Shea

JEN O’Shea can twist her right leg like an owl can twist its neck. The leg goes all the way around until the heel is facing her chin. O’Shea, whose super-flexible leg is the result of bone cancer, showcased her talent on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

She is now a star. But that uses can there be for her talent?

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Posted: 22nd, May 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

1970s: Kellogg’s Sugar Smacks and “FREE DR Who Badges!”

FLASHBACK to the breakfasts of yestedday with Kellogg’s Sugar Smacks and “FREE DR Who Badges!” John Pertwee played the BBC time traveller between 1970 and 1974. He drove a jalopy called Bessie.

Dr Who badge sugar smacks


UNIT was the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. The Brigadier was its stalwart.  Jo Grant was a junior civilian operative for UNIT. The Master was the enemy, naturally.

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Posted: 18th, May 2013 | In: Flashback, The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment