TV & Radio | Anorak - Part 46

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

Penguins Are Thieving Pests: Video Proof

THE BBC’s new series of Frozen Planet does what the BBC does well: voice of God over hard-to-get footage of animals. The team spent four months with the penguin colony on Ross Island, Antarctica. The Adelie penguin colony in Antarctica collect stones to build nests while competing for women. In this video , one male penguin is filmed stealing stones from its neighbour’s nest. The higher the pile the bigger the lure:

Posted: 18th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

BBC’s Mark Thompson Apologises For Editing Jonathan King From Top Of The Pops

THE BBC has seen the light. The Director-General Mark Thompson apologised to Jonathan King for the broadcaster’s editing him out of a BBC Four show called Top of the Pops.

Thompson writes:

Dear Jonathan

Thank you for your email. Please accept my apologies for the delay in

I am sorry to hear that you were unhappy that your performance was
edited out of an episode of Top of the Pops recently repeated on BBC
Four. The BBC’s complaints process begins with a response from the
relevant programme makers and I therefore asked my colleagues in BBC
Four to address this matter. Their response is as follows:

“We are sorry that Mr King’s appearance was edited out of this
particular programme. We accept that this should not have happened and
we would like to apologise for any upset this caused.

We can assure Mr King that there is no policy in place requiring any of
his appearances, or those of any one else, to be removed from repeats we
show on the channel. We can also assure Mr King that his performance
will not be edited out of any future repeat of this particular episode
of Top of the Pops.”

I hope this response is helpful, but please come back to me if there are
any further points you wish to raise and I will ensure that these are
dealt with in accordance with our complaints process. I want to join
BBC Four in apologising for this incorrect decision.

Best wishes

Mark Thompson
Director General

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Posted: 18th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret: Starring Alan Billis As Tutanalan, Mr Taxi-Dermy

THE TV show Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret will show Alan Billis being mummified. Mr Billis has died from lung cancer. He was, a taxi-driver. It is thus correct to refer to him as the Taxi-dermist.

Scientists at Medico-Legal Centre in Sheffield have embalmed the 61-year-old .

Says his wife Janet:

“He just said, ‘I’ve just phoned someone up about being mummified.” I said, ‘You’ve what?’ I thought here we go again. It’s just the sort of thing you would expect him to do.”

On the show. Mr Billis says:

“People have been leaving their bodies to science for years, and if people don’t volunteer for anything nothing gets found out.”

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Posted: 18th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment (1)

Bradley Walsh Finds Fanny Chmelar Funny

FANNY Chmelar. Nothing funny about her name. Nothing funny at all. The Chase host Bradley Walsh explains:

Posted: 18th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Nollywood Presents Mass Destruction: Film Trailer Of The Year

HURRAH for Nollywood! Is this best film trailer of the year? We think it is. It might even be better than the actual film…

Posted: 17th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comments (2)

X Factor: Simon Cowell Explodes In Sun PR Mess

THE Sun says that Simon Cowell has exploded. Has his belt finally given way, unable to retraining his bosoms? No. Simon has exploded in the metaphorical sense, getting upset that the X Factor is not as popular as he’d like it to be.

Colin Robertson gets a call from a fellow insider in the X Factor marketing suite:

The show boss hit the roof after the talent smash lost more than TWO MILLION viewers… An insider said: “Simon is furious. This would never have happened on his watch and he wants the team to know this and sort it out.”

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Posted: 17th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

X Factor: Johnny Robinson Is Sarah Lee Of The Trannyshack (Video)

X FACTOR’S Johnny Robinson is Sarah Lee, keeper of the Trannyshack:

Posted: 17th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

X Factor Legend Kitty Brucknell CBE Retrospective: Photos

X FACTOR: KITTY Brucknell says that she is an “inspiration”. Kitty Brucknell tells us that she owes her fans – the “most important people in her life”. Kitty Brucknell seems to have fast-tracked herself past the recording and the winning and moved into the “legend” category. Look out for a Kitty Brucknell retrospective on ITV2, a CBE and a Chris Biggins, Joan Collins and the GIs recalling their time in rep together on 100 Best Kitty Moments on Channel 4:


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Posted: 15th, October 2011 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

X Factor Week 2: Tulisa Murders Misha B And Johnny Is Freddy Krueger

THE X FACTOR: It’s the second live show. Highlights are:

Misha B is the only act who looks like she can sing and perform. The Sun did its best to try and make it look less like a procession by cooking up a shocker sourced in an anonymous insider’s words:

“Misha is out of control and Kelly just snapped. She told her that unless she packs it in, she’ll be sent packing herself.”

Yep. And on the fifteenth Sunday of that particular month, Hell will open a ski resort.

Tulisa then tries to kill Misha B by telling Kelly Rowland she is turning Misha B into a “brand – which is a serious selling point”. Can we Occupy the X Factor and kick the capitalist pigs out of music?

Rhythmix look like a 1980s auditions for Brookside.

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Posted: 15th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

RIP Betty Driver: Coronation Street Betty’s Hotpot Off The Menu

BETTY Driver the 91-year-old actress who played Betty Williams/Turpin as Coronation’s Street’s barmaid and Lancashire hotpot maker in the Rover’s Return is dead.

The former music hall star was recruited for the role in 1969 and 42 years later was still on the cast list.

Despite her famed success as a soap series meat dish master chef, she was a vegetarian and said she couldn’t cook a hotpot to “save my life”!

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Posted: 15th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Why Investing In Maria Fowler Is Shrewd: TOWIE Escort’s Sex Secrets

TOWIE’S Maria Fowler wants to tell you “The Truth ABout My Life As An Escort”.

The Daily Star cocks an ear:

MARIA Fowler’s future on The Only Way Is Essex looks bleak after bosses warned: “Any more seedy stories about your past and you’re out.”

If there is one thing the bosses at the everyday story of abortion ‘n’ tells, sex ‘n’ tells, spangled vaginas ‘n’ tells, nudity ‘n’ tells and clubbing ‘n’ tells will not tolerate it is seediness.

Meanwhile, in this week’s OK! you can Win A Date with the TOWIE’s Mark Wright. Does this make OK! a pimp?

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Posted: 15th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

In Which A Bloody-Minded Duck Crosses The Road (Video)

WHY did the duck cross the road? (Best watch with volume turned down):

Posted: 14th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

The Only Way Is Dalston: The Stars Of MTV’s Hoxton Hipster TV

ESSEX has The Only Way is Essex. Chelsea has Made In Chelsea. Newcastle has Geordie Shore. Belfast has yet to air Loyalist And Lovin’ It. But Dalston and Hoxton in EastLondon do have The Only Way Is Dalston. The call to arms goes out:


“I’m getting in touch with you as I’m casting for an international MTV documentary series about young creative people living, working and hanging out in East London, fulfilling their creative dreams. We will be bringing together a group of diversely talented individuals to create a collective and a brand ultimately a factory of creativity to harness talent.

“This is about celebrating youth culture, through self-expression and the hub is East London. It’s about subverting people’s expectations of the scene here and showing how raw talent is emerging. During the show, mentors and experiences will help nurture innovative flair and give you the chance to showcase your unique ideas. The eventual winner will be supported by MTV and their skills and visions will be shown to the world.

“We want unique characters with something to say who are up for challenging and developing themselves! Fancy being part of this experience?

“We’ll be meeting people Monday evening in Shoreditch for casting. Let me know if you, or anyone you know, would be interested in coming along. Age 18-25(ish).

“Get in touch

It’s people who want to work in big media filming people who want to be filmed on big media. As with all reloty telly shows the pleasure in picking out who to hate most. Vice met a few of the cast:

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Posted: 13th, October 2011 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (2)

ITV Introduces A Licence Fee Tax, Say BBC Workers

THE BBC News Quiz is something that challeges the listener to stick with it. You can find Episode 7 of the 74th series of Radio 4’s The News Quiz under the URL:

In this episode you will learn that you are taxed to watch ITV. You will learn from people paid by the BBC that the BBC is great value, and much better than Sky – which might also be funded by a tax on something or other, maybe football or phone calls:


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Posted: 11th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Trampolining On The Walls: Video

TRAMPOLINING is better than taking the stairs:

Spotter: 3QuarksDaily

Posted: 11th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Buffy Fetches His Deaf Pal Benson: Cats Might Sneer

CAN a cat to this? Would a cat do this?

Go on Buffy, go fetch Benson, whose deaf…

Spotter: The Daily What

Posted: 11th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

X Factor: Manufacturing Frankie Cocozza Into A Shagger Not A Singer

X FACTOR wannabe Frankie Cocozza is “wooing” 16-year-old Amelia Lily. It has been decreed that Frankie is to be this season’s cheeky bad boy heart throb. He’s scored a part in the soap opera.

Yesterday a source for the ITV show told The People:

“Frankie and Amelia are an item it is early days but they are enjoying one another’s company a lot.”

But Amelia is off the show, so look out for Frankie moving on.

The Daily Mail adds:

News of the union comes just days after it emerged that Frankie enjoyed a late night romp in the house Jacuzzi with 26-year-old Kitty Brucknell.

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Posted: 10th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment (1)

X Factor Scheduling Win: Cee Lo Geen Follows Matt Cardle

SO. How does the X Factor follow Matt Cardle, last year’s winner on to the stage? Why, with Cee Lo Green singing F*** You, aka Forget You...


Posted: 9th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Demanding More Butter For Your KFC Corn: Video

AFTER Essex Snooki, we bring you the KFC Brighton Buter Belle. Language is sweary is not safe for work:

Posted: 9th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comments (3)

Sister Janet Mead Will Not Sing The Lord’s Prayer: Nun Shall Sleep

SISTER Janet Mead will now sing the Lord’s Prayer in the tripped-out, creepy fashion. Nun shall sleep…

Spotters: @danielsturman, via Robert Popper

Posted: 8th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Beavis And Butthead… They’re Back.

I AM the great Cornholio! I need T.P. for my bunghole! Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh. Hmm. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh hmm hmm hmm.

Huh. Huh huh. Like shut up.

Anyone around the age of 30 will either find that hilarious or absolutely baffling. For the former, you’ll no doubt be aware of the fact that Beavis and Butthead are set to return to our screens and, from the teaser clip that’s been online for a while, it looks like it might be better than it ever was (with Mike Judge learning some real deal skills while making the wonderful, wonderful King Of The Hill).

Anyway, the new season starts October 27 on MTV and now there’s a proper trailer to whet our vile appetites. And it looks really, really great.

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Posted: 7th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment (1)

Bulls Eye Contestants: Photos Of Smashing 1980s TV

WEBSITE of The Year: BullsEye Contestants – photos of agonists trying their luck on the greatest televised pro-spelling, darts-based quiz show ever. Super, smashing, marvellous, great etc… Let’s see what you could have won:


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Posted: 7th, October 2011 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (7)

Did Phil Vickery Cook The Great British Bake Off Squirrel’s Root Vegetable?

THE final of BBC TV’s The Great British Bake Off featured the buccolic images of a squirrel with massive primary sexual characteristics. Not an endangered red squirrel, sadly, but one of this invasive American greys.

Intriguingly, while you saw X-rated family entertainment, another BBC cooking show spotted opportunity.

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Posted: 7th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comments (2)

Seagull Races Round Phoenix Park: Video

TO Phoenix Park where Robbie Allen’s Formula Vee features a live seagull mascot. It’s one in the eye for toffs who like to stick small silver statues of rutting stags and bears to their motors. The real action is live animals:

Posted: 7th, October 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Who Wants To Have Dirty Sex With Amanda Knox? It’s A TV Debate

WHEN we told you that Matthew Wright was asking jobbing opinion experts on his The Wright Stuff TV show on Channel 5 if they would have sex with Amanda Knox – a woman whose life has been damanged by a wrongful conviction for murder – we did not tell you the results.

Wright says he likes “dirty girls” and would. Chris Biggins offered no firm decision. Kelly Hoppen said she hoped Knox would give any money earned from telling the story of how her life was undone to charity. (But anyone earning money from talking about Knox can spend it how they like.) And Liz McClarnon told us that she Botoxes to her armpits and would not have sex with Amanda Knox.

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Posted: 5th, October 2011 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (3)