“AND AS THE COUNTDOWN to a brand new channel ends, so a new Countdown begins…” Little needs to be said about this behemoth of the last 25 years – and there’s not much to add about the show either (ho ho). Grew out of Yorkshire TV-only Calendar Countdown slot. RICHARD WHITELEY did the lot until death in 2005, wherepon DES LYNAM took over until he couldn’t be arsed driving up to Leeds and handed the mantle (along with his first name) over to DES O’CONNOR, who then pissed off to be replaced by JEFF STELLING. CAROL VORDERMAN was also there from the off until she flounced out in protest at a pay cut. Used to call the number generator Cecil, which stood for Countdown Electronic Computer In Leeds. 10 greatest ever Dictionary Corner denizens: STILGOE, BRANDRETH, WILLIAMS (KENNETH), O’CONNOR (TOM), SOPRENDO (THE GREAT), DIGANCE, FRY, SHERRIN, JARVIS (MARTIN), WAKEMAN.Read More
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MISH-MASH OF teencentric comedy sketches aimed at the 13-plus set, often landing mentions on POINTS OF VIEW due to frequent pantomime gore and toilet references. BOB GOODY starred, with TOYAH WILLCOX as “Super Advice Person”.Read More
CENTREPIECE OF week long, decade-defining, all-star, all-channel Aidsathon, this MIKE SMITH-fronted Friday night special featured JONATHAN ROSS giving his fledgling career a leg up by demonstrating how to put a sheath on a banana and EMMA FREUD interviewing the chairman of Jiffi condoms. Just the sort of thing that 14-year-olds can enjoy watching with their parents with absolutely no embarrassment on anyones part. Smith to resident boffin: “If we were all to come back in 10 years time, how many of the audience would still be alive?” Erasure and Alison Moyet provided musical entertainment. Don’t die of ignorance.Read More
“JUST SOME GOOD OL’ BOYS.” Folkloric deep-south adventures of harmless, loveable outlaws Bo and Luke Duke (TOM WOPAT, JOHN SCHNEIDER), their Uncle Jessie (DENVER PYLE) and sister Daisy (CATHERINE BACH) in the doorless General Lee, always putting one over on nasty old sub-Cool Hand Luke town governor Boss Hogg (SORRELL BROOKE) and his ficko henchman Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (JAMES BEST). They were just makin’ their way, the only way they knew how. If that was just a little bit bolder than the law would allow, then so be it. Bach in denim hotpants and goofball humour were very much the order of the day here. And car chases of course, by the dozen, with the GL being launched over bumps at infeasible angles and then continuing on its way without a scratch. Subsidiary characters included garage mechanic Cooter, the laid back narrator/singer (WAYLON JENNINGS), sub-sheriffs Enos and Cletus (careful how you say it), and Roscoe’s annoying dog, Flash. Someday the mountain might get ‘em, but the law never will…Read More