Ready Steady Cook is back!  Yep, I hadn’t realised that it wasn’t on any more either. I thought like This Morning, Homes Under the Hammer and the Jeremy Kyle Show, it was just “always there” (hold on, that last one might not have been the best example).  Apparently, it finished in 2010.  I must have […]

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The sign of a good writer or director is when you can watch a programme that you have no previous knowledge of, and instantly recognise who it is by.  With Avenue 5 we have: an HBO production. It has English actors as leads (Hugh Laurie and a barely recognisable Rebecca Front). It involves an ensemble […]

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If an alien was to come down and watch a typical weekend’s telly they would think us a peculiar planet.  We dress our leaders up in sequins and make them dance like performing monkeys; we take old singers and put them in spinning chairs like a day trip from the old people’s home to visit […]

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Following on from Gavin and Stacey making a comeback, another old favourite returned to our screens on Boxing Day.  Worzel Gummidge  is Mackenzie Crook’s take on the classic children’s book.  For many of us, there will only be one Worzel (all be it with 3 heads) and that was John Pertwee.  The 1979 series was […]

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A rotund man who laughs at everything and just keeps giving gifts has saved Christmas.  Yes, James Corden has united Britain in sitting on the sofa to watch The Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special.  It was the biggest hit of the day and could go on to become the most watched show of the year. […]

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Nothing has quite got people shouting at the telly (and each other) more than Brexit.  Trying to make sense of it all is a team of BBC correspondents on Brexitcast. As the cast bit of the name suggests, the programme began as a humble podcast but has now transferred to the telly and is on […]

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Any TV format can be improved by putting the word celebrity in the title and Channel 4’s latest offering is Celebrity Hunted for Stand Up to Cancer.  I never watched the non-celebrity version and I stumbled on this by accident, but I am hooked. The premise is that 4 celebrity couples (I use the word […]

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Who hasn’t thought at some point in their life, “I really must try and make myself a Kit Kat?”  Well, that is exactly the premise of Snackmasters, as each week Britain’s top French head waiter Fred Gravadlax challenges Britain’s top chefs, who have too much time on their hands, to recreate a famous mass-produced snack.  […]

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TV’s greatest crime drams (in our opinion) Line of Duty is back.  We reviewed the finale of the last series here 2 years ago and we are big fans.  However, there are some glaring problems with it that really need addressing. AC-12, the anti-corruption unit in the police, are all about sniffing out bent coppers […]

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It would appear that Simon Cowell now wants to be the Lord of the Dance.  Having seen X Factor lose to Strictly over the years, he has decided that if you can’t beat them, join them.  The Greatest Dancer is the BBC’s latest talent show up against The Voice, but it is produced by Cowell’s […]

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Iiiiit’s Chriiiiistmaaaaas (©Noddy Holder 1973).  Which means Christmas telly.  When we reviewed Christmas day telly the other year, we made this comment: This Christmas we’re treated to a stocking full of Christmas specials by the BBC. ITV on the other hand showed a load of Harry Potter films and Paul O’Grady doing something with dogs.  […]

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OK, we called that one completely wrong.  Three weeks ago we reviewed the first episode of I’m a Celebrity and made some predictions which, as per usual, we got completely wrong.  We have now had the season finale, so we thought we would take a look at the series, at our predictions and why we […]

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It’s official.  Christmas is coming.  Halloween and bonfire night are a distant memory and I’m a Celebrity is back on the telly.…sans Ant.  The big news this season is Dec and Holly or is it Holly and Dec?  I have no idea what the protocol is when double acts (temporarily) split up.   Holly has been […]

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It would appear that any hobby, no matter how boring can be a competition.  First we had baking, then sowing, then pottery, now model trains.  Oh yes, the men have come out of their sheds and are on prime time TV (well Channel 5 anyway).  The Great Model Railway Challenge (note not Great British.  Love […]

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It must be the fag end on summer as the weather is changing, the kids are going back to school and Celebrity Big Brother (CBB) is back on our screens.  Last year we looked at the whole rise and fall of the Big Brother franchises, but this year’s CBB looks as though it could be […]

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