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

Heather Mills to star in Competitive Environmentalist of The Year

Heather Mills is off The Jump TV event. The former Mrs Paul McCartney was injured, thus becoming the seventh celeb to leave the show under doctor’s orders. In the Star, Peter Dyke gives Heather hope that she can return to celeb-fed telly soon. Stay tuned for Celebrity Competitive Environmentalist of the Year:

 

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Competitive environmentalism will feature competitive environmentalists jetting off for the good of the common man.

Posted: 29th, February 2016 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment


Watch the 1970s BBC documentary: Man Alive – The Disc Jockeys

john-peel paedoIn February 1970 the BBC broadcast the documentary Man Alive: The Disc Jockeys. The series was edited by Esther Rantzen’s future hubby Desmond Wilcox. (More on them here.) The show focused on the new wave of BBC Radio 1 DJs.

As Paul Gallagher writes:

In Britain during those promiscuous 1970s, millions of youngsters were shocking their parents by going to bed with John Peel and waking up with Tony Blackburn… and his dog Arnold. The sound of the DJs could be heard everywhere—from cars, shops, kitchens, homes, factories, schoolyards and those dinky little pocket radios that everyone and their Mom seemed to have, dangling from plastic wristbands.

The music revolution of the 1960s really began with the arrival of cheap polyvinyl chloride in the fifties which meant record companies could mass produce singles and albums. Previously record discs had been made of the far more expensive Bakelite. The PVC revolution tied in very neatly with the incredible flourishing of young musical talent—and so the Swinging Sixties were born.

Suddenly youngsters wanted to hear music before they bought it, or even if they didn’t buy it. This gave rise to Pirate Radio. At the time the BBC was the only organization in Britain with the license to transmit radio shows. However a small loophole in maritime law allowed DJs to broadcast from ships anchored just outside UK waters. And so pop-pickers Pirate Radio was born.

In 1967 the BBC admitted defeat and launched Radio One—a youth radio station for pop music. Radio One became the biggest and most successful radio station in the country with generation after generation of youngsters learning their love of music or finding their inspiration to form bands from listening to the station’s DJs.

This BBC documentary from 1970 looks at the rise of the Radio One DJ and features Emperor Rosko, John Peel, Kenny Everett and Tony Blackburn—a rum bunch of four very different radio hosts. Condescending in tone throughout, the documentary voice over even has the temerity to suggest that sex with fans was one of the perks of working for the BBC—-shurely not:

Radio One belongs to the taxpayer and doesn’t splash princely salaries around for men like Emperor Rosko. He accepts the BBC’s shop policy of paying low wages as both sides know about the big big perks that can accompany the adulation of this new empire—British teeny boppers.

The interviewer then grills one poor little teenybopper about her infatuation with Emperor Rosko:

“I listen to him and I like listening to his voice and I get carried away” says one young besotted teenager about the subject of her adoration DJ Emperor Rosko:

“What do you mean you get carried away?” says Ms. Prim from the BBC

“I just hear his voice and I imagine him…” says adoring young fan.

“When you say you imagine him…you imagine him doing what?” continues our interrogator.

“Talking and smiling and…all the actions with it. It’s just good.”

“And where do you do your listen to this?”

“In the bedroom.”

It’s an interesting hour well spent and worth watching mainly to see the pure genius of Kenny Everett making one of his shows and to hear some of the mumblings of the man himself, John Peel.

Posted: 26th, February 2016 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment


LOL: Andy Gray translates David Luiz post Chelsea interview In French

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This is tremendous. Former Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray now works in Dubai with BeIN Sports. On those fascistic sandy wastes, Gray talks footy matters with his old Sky mucker, the absurd Richard Keys. Last week, while listening to a post-match interview with PSG defender David Luiz after the French side had played Chelsea, Keys and Gray attempted to translate the Brazilian’s words.

Gray was all barstool expert – until Graeme Souness told him that,er, Luiz was speaking Portuguese.

Smashed it!

 

Posted: 20th, February 2016 | In: Chelsea, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment


BBC TV Caption special: Secret of the universe revealed

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…but first the weather in your area…

Posted: 11th, February 2016 | In: TV & Radio | Comment


‘Live From Nilufer’s Vagina’ – TV caption of the year

As seen on ITV’s This Morning show: “Live from Nilufer’s vagina”:

 

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Posted: 9th, February 2016 | In: TV & Radio | Comment


Beth Tweddle injured, The Jump axed and TV executives in cliff diving show

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Former British Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle was badly injured competing on The Jump, a TV show featuring celebrities taking part in winter sports. It’s an absurd format. Watching the Winter Olympics is dull; watching celebs try out cold-weather sports in slow motion is dire. But the chance of seeing whathisface from Hollyoaks injure themselves should appeal to some TV fans.

And so to Tweddle, who the Daily Star says “broke her neck”. The Mirror says Tweddle snapped two vertebrae in her neck when she “smashed into a crash barrier”. The Mail says Tweddle “broke her back”. The paper also announces: “Beth Tweddle thanks fans for their support as viewers demand Channel 4 axes The Jump after she breaks her back on TV’s most dangerous show.”

Viewers demand a show on Channel 4 is axed? Those would be viewers who watch or don’t watch it?

Her exit follows that of fellow Olympian Rebecca Adlington, 26, who withdrew from the show on medical advice after a shoulder injury, and Holby City actress Tina Hobley, 44, who dislocated her elbow and suffered two fractures to her arm.

Right now a TV executive is trailing Celebrity Hospital Ward, Celebrity NHS and Celebrity Graveyard. The Mail adds:

Fans flocked to Twitter to call on producers to scrap the programme – now in it’s third series – due to the sheer amount of injuries among contestants.

Fans of a TV show asked for the TV show they are fans of to be cancelled? Better, surely, to replace the celebrities with the TV producers who think up pisspoor celebrity-themed shows. Who fancies for TV Executive Cliff Diving? The Newsnight team can go first.

 

Posted: 9th, February 2016 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment


Caption fail of the day: the ‘penis is’ becomes a ‘penis’

To Australia, where the TV subtitle writer is illustrating the importance of remembering to press the space bar…

 

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Posted: 4th, February 2016 | In: TV & Radio | Comment


Listen to Terry Wogan signing off his BBC Radio breakfast show in 2009

Listen as Terry Wogan signs off his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show. Wogan presented his final Radio 2 breakfast show on 18 December 2009. This is emotional:

 

Posted: 31st, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment


Listen to Rick Wakeman’s wonderful piano version of David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’

 

Rick Wakeman played on David Bowie‘s Life on Mars. On January 10 2015, Wakeman played a piano version on BBC Radio 2. It’s lovely. Truly. Wakeman has since recorded a new version of the song along with a version of Space Oddity. All monies raised from the songs go to the excellent Macmillan Cancer Support.

Download it: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Google Play and iTunes.

Posted: 30th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Music, TV & Radio | Comment


BBC Warns of Apache Frog invasion

We interrupt this broadcast to bring news of a new terroristic threat: Apache Frog is coming to the UK, says the BBC News:

 

 

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Posted: 20th, January 2016 | In: TV & Radio | Comment


Watch Pages of Death: a bonkers 1962 anti-porn movie

Watch Pages of Death, an anti-porn film from 1962, brought to you by Citizens for Decent Literature:

 

Posted: 20th, January 2016 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment


Laughably biased Daily Express story calls BT Sport The Arsenal of TV

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In “BT Sport’s winning duo: Hoddle and Hargreaves showing Sky are no longer the limit” the Daily Express’. The story on Liverpool’s 3-3 with Arsenal is written by Jim Holden. It contains the following:

BT! And there was something else which made this a memorable match – the superb coverage last Wednesday evening by BT Sport…

This was the night when they proved their live football broadcasting can be the equal of the brilliance for so long provided by Sky…

Instead of going to an advert break at just the wrong moment before the start of the game, they allowed us to hear The Kop singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. As anyone who has been to the ground knows, this is an integral part of matches at Anfield and it should always be conveyed to TV viewers….

…the radical decision by BT to have two analysts talking about the match alongside the commentator worked a treat….

Owen Hargreaves and Glenn Hoddle combined perfectly…

This H-men double act of Hoddle and Hargreaves will give the best of Sky a run for their money…

The use of World Cup Final referee Howard Webb to give instant verdicts on contentious or surprising decisions by the officials is another bonus from BT Sport…

You want more?

It takes time, and it has taken time, for a new TV station to develop its coverage and win the loyalty of viewers at home across the country. In my experience, that hurdle has now been jumped by BT Sport.

They are a serious player, much like Arsenal in this year’s Premier League title race…

Nowhere does it say that Holden has another gig:

 

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Back of the net!

 

Posted: 19th, January 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comments (5)


Sign language man makes decent fist of sign language sex

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Spotter: Pandemonium

Posted: 17th, January 2016 | In: TV & Radio | Comment


Washing machines with a brick inside bounce on trampoline

Hours of fun with a washing machine, a brick and a small trampoline:

Posted: 17th, January 2016 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment


EastEnders: Barbra Windsor returns to die

EastEndersIn an “exclusive” the Star says EastEnders are to bring back Dame Barbra Windsor only to kill her off. Babs, of course, is not going to die on the telly. This is about the character, she plays in the tired BBC soap opera, Peggy Mitchell. She will “Peg Out”.

It’s an ‘exclusive’ exclusive to every newspaper that got the message from the EastEnders PR department: “Peggy’s gonna die. It’s gonna be great.”

On page 7, the Star says Peggy’s death will be “tear-jerking”.  Anyone reduced to tears by the trailed death of an occasional soap opera character is in need of urgent help. they should also switch off the magic box and get out, possibly to the actual East End of London, where every gardens square is now surrounded by glassy homes that cost millions of pounds and shops selling reassuringly expensive organic puss.

Newsflash: EastEnders is not a fly-on-the-wall documentary. It’s the BBC’s dystopian vision of what working-class people do.

Says Babs: “Peggy is a character close to my heart… but I need to say goodbye to Peggy once and for all, or she will always be there.”

Good luck with that, Babs. This is EastEnders, where people return from the dead. Although picking them out form the other zombies is tricky.

 

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Posted: 16th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment


David Cameron has died: newsreader mistakes PM for David Bowie

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David Cameron has died. Well, so says Fiona Winchester, a newsreader for Heart FM.

Whoops! Her mistake.

That’s David Bowie who died. Spot the difference?

 

Posted: 11th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Politicians, Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment


Celebrity Big Brother: record complaints about record complaints

celebrity big brother axeAs ever it must, the Daily Star lead with news of Celebrity Big Brother, a  terrific show being murdered through over-use. Onn the cover, we see Krisitan Rihanoff, a hoofer on pro-celebrity dance show Strictly Come Dancing.

She illustrates the news that CBB “faces the axe” over “record complaints”. Viewers tuning in to the show have been upset by “racism, anti-gay slurs and lewd acts”.

On page 7 we read that the “record complains” amount to 350 moans over two days.

Regular readers may recall the Star’s news of February 2015:

The housemates have already received 2,549 complaints about the series after sexist, racist and homophobic behaviour by showbiz blogger Perez, 36, and former Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson, 34, shocked viewers.

Now producers fear the backlash from fans could “spell the end for the show”.

It didn’t then. It won’t now.

Posted: 8th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment


Swedish TV host tricked into eating marijuana cookie – hilarity ensues

swedish TV drug funnyIn 2014, a Swedish TV hosts Filip and Fredrik are reporting from a silent retreat. For research purposes Filip eats a cookie laced with marijuana. He thinks a good idea not to be wasted alone, so he hands one to Fredrik, omitting to tell him the secret ingredient.

Says Filip:

“This is probably not okay, but in my search for the meaning of life, I’m doing something American ‘seekers’ have done for generations. I follow local customs, and in the USA, what I’m about to eat and trick Fredrik into eating, is not as controversial as it is in Sweden.”

Let’s just say this is shabby thing to do to anyone. It’s idiotic and dangerous. And, you know, what goes around, comes around:

 

 

Here go you, then. If you learn one thing from this video it is that the Swedish for ‘silent retreat is ‘silent retreat’. No sniggering:

 


Spotter: Reddit, D&T

Posted: 7th, January 2016 | In: TV & Radio | Comment


Watch Australian policeman’s delight at seeing Mckinlay river flow for first time

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Surf’s up (for crocs)

 

Just before Christmas, the lone police officer in Mckinlay, Queensland, Australia, (population 20), watched a river flow for the first time in his lifetime.

Language is NSFW:

 

Posted: 7th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment (1)


Getting high on God: Watch televangelists explain their use of private jets

Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, defending their private jets

 

They say it’s hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. But US TV evangelists Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis are making ready their appeal. Why do you have private jets?

Well, Amos had one…

 

Posted: 6th, January 2016 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment


Watch a great video history of David Bowie getting annoyed

David Bowie has been in a many interviews. YouTuber Bodacea1 has compiled the parts of each where Bowie gets shirty.

Posted: 6th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment


Watch a cat in a monkey suit licking a banana

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As you know, it’s the Year of the Monkey.To celebrate  10 Cats has filmed a cat dressed a monkey licking a banana.

 

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Posted: 3rd, January 2016 | In: Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment


Stephanie Davis: everything you don’t already know about me and Zayn Malik (secretly)

Stephanie DAvis ZaynStephanie Davis stands in her underwear on the Daily Star’s Page 7.

Davis is the demure “Hollyoaks babe” all set to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house and “dish the dirt” on former One Direction mumbler Zayn Malik.

The paper tells us that Stephanie and Zayn “secretly dated four years ago”.

Secretly dated?

The Sun: October 3 2011: “Zayn’s getting his Oaks – She’s in the fame game too so she understands what it’s like to have people interested in her private life. They’re very sweet together.”

And:

 

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Define ‘secret’.

 

Posted: 1st, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment


The folks at NOW TV aren’t even trying anymore

The folks at NOW TV aren’t even trying anymore

 

Spotter: 

 

Posted: 29th, December 2015 | In: TV & Radio | Comment


Kay Burley offers top tip to York flood victims

Sky news anchor Kay Burley has a top tip for York City flood victims:

 

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Posted: 29th, December 2015 | In: Celebrities, Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment (1)