TV & Radio | Anorak - Part 41

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

Davina McCall is Possessed on The Million Pound Drop Live

DAVINA McCall, hostess of The Million Pound Drop Live, is possessed? Either that or else she’s realised that she’s now fronting the worst gameshow on the telly, one on which it is notoriously hard to win – £275,000 has been given away since the show began in May 2010.

Posted: 23rd, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Lukáš Kmit responds to the Nokia ringtone heckler

AT the synagogue in Presov, Slovakia,virtuoso Lukáš Kmit is interrrupted by the Nokia ringtone, tune of lost causes and middle-aged mobile phone ineptitude.

What does Lukáš Kmit do? Answer: the right ing – with style…

Spotter: Daily Picks and Flicks

Posted: 22nd, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Britain’s Got Talent Manchester auditions in photos: Alesha Dixon is Alesha Beacon

BRITAIN’S Got Talent: Alesha Dixon was Alesha Beacon for the first auditions of 2012 Britain’s Got Talent at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester. Well, so says the blurb. Lots of the talent has already been handpicked, of course.

The real stars are there year on year. No, not Dixon, Simon Cowell and the judges. Ant ‘n’ Dec…Without them BGT is the X Factor and any other tired format.


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Alesha Dixon arrives at the Lowry Theatre in Salford for the Britain's Got Talent auditions.

Posted: 21st, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

A man runs along the beach (video)

HOW was your Christmas break? Go anywhere hot. Keep fit? We did.

Old Mr Anorak, our patron, is currently wintering at his Thai ladies ping-pong winter training camp.

Posted: 20th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Simon Cowell offers BGT winners a Branson Botox

SIMON Cowell, eye licker and peddler of great format telly that has for years spiced the bland ITV schedules with two massive hits is on the cover of the red-tops:


News is that the auditions for Britain’s Got Talent are off and running. Stage schools, shopping precincts, hairdressers and cruise ships have been mined for acts to enliven the format.

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Posted: 20th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

A dog balancing balancing a chain (video)

EVER seen a dog balancing a chain? Well, you are about to see a dog balancing on a chain. But we’re greedy, aren’t we. We want to see him do it whilst juggling…

Posted: 17th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Crowboarding – the crowd surfs the icy roof (video)

CROWBOARDING – the crow surfs the icy roof on the buttons from Santa’s waistcoat…

Posted: 16th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Fail – BBC weather girl says ‘it’s wetter than an otter’s pocket’

BBC weather girl weather girl (why aren’t the men weather boys?) Carol Kirkwood says it is wetter than an otter’s pocket.

Pretty safe to say that CArole Kirkwood does not read the Profanisaurus”

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Posted: 16th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Blonde monkey girl begs in Indonesia (video)

TO Indonesia, where the monkey girl is begging. She’s a blonde. they tried it with a ginger but no-one gave a penny…

Posted: 15th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Small dog searches for ball in big pile of leaves

CUTE video of the day – a small dog searches for his ball in a big pile of leaves:

Spotter: Say OMG

Posted: 11th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comments (2)

Take Me Out sex scandal with filthy carpets and explicit Facebook photos

IN the “TAKE ME OUT SEX PARTY SCANDAL”, the Sun uses its front page to tell readers of a “2-day boozy bash”; “Mansion trashed”; “Mob’s obscene pics”.

Take Me Out is the Saturday Night TV show watched by people slumped in front of the telly and not going out. The Paddy McGuinness-fronted dating show is “a televisual representation of chucking out time at your local nightclub, as 30 shrieking women compete to date one man” while dressed like extras from a Hollywood sex-and-sandals slave auction.

At the end of rounds in which the male introduces a video of himself being nice to his mum and showing his muscles, the women ask innuendo-laden questions and the man performs a 30-second talent act, the ladies show their interest by keeping their light lit – white means he’s well in; red means he either has to pay for it or has no chance. McGuinness then utters the best catchphrase on British telly, “No lighty, no likey.

This is the backdrop for the Sun’s story, which follows the week’s earlier news that contestant Aaron Withers’ punched a woman named Amy Kerr in the face during a pub fight with her boyfriend Simon Edwards in Frome, Somerset. Withers, a “tarmac worker'” who has advertised himself as a £50-an-hour escort, pleaded guilty and was fined £200 and told to pay £50 compensation to both victims.

So. To today’s shocker:

HORDES of Take Me Out wannabes had a wild sex and booze party at a £4.5million mansion which was trashed.

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Posted: 11th, January 2012 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

How skipping stones work – a scientific video on Holy Balls

HOW do skipping stones work? This is how, according to the brains at Brigham Young University.

Holy Balls!

Holy Waboba! from Tadd Truscott on Vimeo.

Spotter: Paul Berger

Posted: 10th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Media Week with Kerrang! radio’s Alex Baker is beyond parody

MEDIA Week catches up with Alex Baker, presenter and commercial programming manager at Kerrang! and Q Radio. He is not a work of parody nor of Bret Easton Ellis.

Highlights are:


You know that horrible ‘HONNNK’ tone that the iPhone alarm makes? Apparently it’s not that alarming as I’m sleeping through it like a baby. I hate to sound smug (and I realise that I do), but I love working in radio, so springing out of bed in the morning, once awake, is never a problem.

I get into the office at 8am – not bad considering the New Year’s drinking shenanigans. Ever since I started working in the commercial radio sector, I’ve had an internal pact that I only drink the products on New Year’s Eve that we, at Kerrang! Radio and Q Radio, have advertised that year. So Saturday night consisted of the potent mix of Jack Daniel’s and cola/ginger in a can, Marston’s Hobgoblin, and Budweiser, thanks to everyone at InBev – who will be pleased to know that I allocated a designated driver and drank their product responsibly.

Next up, some script writing for a really exciting Virgin Active campaign, a campaign that will, for the first time ever, make weight loss my job.

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Posted: 10th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

The Delivery – a John Lewis boy with a box film

FIRST came the John Lewis boy and his head in box Christmas gift. Now comes the Laughing Basset comedy group and their weepy box – starring Truman, Gina Jenkinson, Richard Colley (with laughter from Steven O’Neill)…

Posted: 9th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

RIP Bob Holness: with Konnie Huq and The Two Pauls

RIP Bob Holness. Christina Martin remembers:

I WATCH Blockbusters repeats every tea time on Challenge.

During yesterday’s episode I turned to my boyfriend and asked: “Is Bob Holness still alive?

Today he died.

I’m think I may have jinxed him.

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Posted: 6th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Natasha Giggs gets a dollar for Celebrity Big Brother

CELEBRITY Big Brother housemate Natasha Giggs does not feel like she has had the chance to out across her side of the story of her affair with her brother-in-law Manchester United player Ryan Giggs other than what people read in the, er, stories she sold to the tabloids?

As she entered the house, Big Brother played Aloe Blacc’s I Need a Dollar. The Big Brother celebrity budget only goes so far…

PS-  This is not the first Big Brother Natasha has been on.

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Posted: 5th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Alana off Toddlers & Tiaras is here to be loved (video)

DONTCHA love hating other parents? As such, Alana’s parents, June and Mr Living-The-Dream – as seen on TV’s Toddlers & Tiaras – must laugh at the rest with gusto. You can’t have that must paper towelling and be wrong about anything. It’s what Noah would have used to absorb the flood had he had real foresight and a blonde child:

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Posted: 5th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Hamster Submarine runs on renewable energy

THE Hamster Submarine runs on renewable energy:

Posted: 4th, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Frankie Cocozza found lurking in plug hole (Video)

What’s blocking your plug hole? Let’s see. Why, it’s X Factor reject Frankie Cocozza! Or is it Chewbacca’s arse?

Posted: 3rd, January 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Park Jo Min is South Korea’s Adele

ADELE can’t sing. Adle is sick of throat. But  15-year-old Park Ji Mon can sing. Park Jo Min’s accent is spot on. It’s incredible. Can BT hire Park Jo Mon for their Indian call centres, or just move their call centres to South Korean. She’s no Adele but  Park Jo Mon  can make beautiful musak while you repeatedly smash your face into a desk.

Spotter: The Daily What


Posted: 30th, December 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment (1)

Women shoplifts crate of Guinness up her skirt (Video)

WANT to see a woman shoplifting an entire crate of Guinness up her skirt?

Posted: 29th, December 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comments (3)

A dog wearing trousers walks downstairs

WANT to see a dog wearing trousers walking downstairs on his ‘hands’? Sure you do:

Spotter: The Daily What

Posted: 28th, December 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

BBC news anchor David Robertson does close-up magic

BBC news anchor David Robertson showcases his close-up magic as he reads the news in Scotland.

The Mirror’s Live TV tried a similar stun to enliven news with its News Bunny and the Weather in Norwegian, the latter a forerunner to the Tony Blair Government’s championing of lifelong education.

The BBC has been merging news and entertainment for a decade by cha-cha-cha-ing news readers on to pro-celeb dance show Strictly Come Dancing, inviting Will Young to be pundit on Question Time and presenting the to-deadline mutterings of BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson on a BBC news magazine show as a lead news item on the BBC news.

David Robertson’s magic pen is just another step in that direction.

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Posted: 27th, December 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Brendan Adhere is the man who slipped on the ice

BRENDAN Adhere is The Man Who Slipped On The Ice. He slipped on ice in Dublin. It was filmed and broadcast on the telly.

Brendan became a TV star.

How they laughed.

But what was it like for Brendan to be a national joke? Well…

Posted: 25th, December 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Bad TV: woman scared of snowmen meets huge snowman on This Morning

BAD TV presents the woman who can’t stand people dressed as snowmen being introduced to a snowman peeping through Jimmy Savile’s old Y-fronts on ITV’s This Morning. Sheehs! Get a load of the pair to her right. They can melt snowmen with their hair…

Posted: 23rd, December 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment