We are living in strange times.  And that has been reflected in our tv shows.  Who thought that watching 3 people stood at podiums talking to a giant TV would be compulsive teatime viewing?  Move over Walsh, Armstrong and Osman.  There are new kids in town.  Ok, it would be better if there were a […]

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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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