“TO BE HONEST,” they would proclaim, “the fuss that is sometimes made when we’re playing the theatres scares us. It’s like The Beatles.” The Bootleg Beatles, that is. Walking (just) embodiment of what went wrong with comedy in the 80s, now born-again Christians but still happy to lap it up at the Blackpool Winter Gardens. Enjoyed astonishing exposure off the back of amusingly failed appearances on BRUCE FORSYTH'S BIG NIGHT doing sub-sub-sub Morecambe and Wise variety with a curly-haired noisy little sod with braces (“Rock on, Tommy!”) and tall dull stooge. Own show weirdly mutated into a sitcom for a bit, then ended up – oh god – Cannon And Ball’s Casino with a young Steve Coogan cashing his chips. Not the nadir, though; that was spin-off film The Boys In Blue, done ten years after ITV spin-off films had a) stopped being funny and b) just stopped. An appearance in 2000 on J** D*******’s Generation Game was arduous: Cannon sings song “for all the ladies and gentlemen here tonight”, Ball accompanies on toy trumpet, Cannon gets gradually more agitated with Ball’s erratic behaviour, audience sympathises with Ball… They hadn’t learned.
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The big news from Channel 4 this week is that Jeremy Paxman will be involved in their election coverage, though we’re doubtful this will include an all-night results show as they surely don’t have the resources and about 95% of the coverage involves simply reporting the results which you can’t really do in any kind of alternative way. The channel’s in a bit of a state at the moment but the next episode of this series looks at the impact it made in its golden age, which we would suggest included the period Grade was in charge with ace shows like GBH and The Big Breakfast. What we love about the billing for this episode is that it suggests Ant and Dec Unzipped was one of the most important shows in the history of Channel Four. And that’s right!
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