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TV Cream’s 2000s Time Capsule is now open!

Over the next few weeks we’ll be filling our time capsule with stuff that the noughties deserves to be remembered for.

Shows that risk being washed away by the tide of history that says the decade was all about Peter Kay’s Max and Paddy’s Road To Nowhere by Peter Kay, Russell T Davies’s Dr Who, and Simon Cowell’s ITV.

Who, after all, can forget that they’ve remembered to forget programmes like ‘Orrible, Hear’say It’s Saturday, Stars Reunited or Celebdaq? How about This Is Dom Joly, or The Chair, or The Lookalike Awards?

We’ll hopefully be chucking a few big hitters inside as well: Fame Academy (“Oi!”), Election 64 (“Too busy thinking about the Beatles”), The Premiership (“He has to drive it!”) and so on.

We asked for your suggestions – and there’s time for you to send in some more.

But don’t worry if your fear for TV Cream’s sensibilities. We still know where our uncritical heart beats; we’re not about to be turned by a flash of Julia Bradbury’s ankle or George Lamb interviewing the proprietors of Sorbet and Seasons. In a month or so’s time, the capsule will be closed, carefully sealed, and buried safely out of sight – as a link somewhere in TV Cream’s unintuitive site navigation.

Here’s what has been placed inside so far…



  1. DW

    January 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    How about Celebrity Sleepover (2001) with Jeremy Beadle, Frank Bruno, Vanessa Feltz, Michael Winner and Richard Whiteley.

  2. TV Cream

    January 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    We dedicate this post to you, DW:

  3. TV Cream

    January 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    If anything illustrates how far we’ve all changed in the past decade it’s the fact that a picture of Flipper Forrester can stay online for almost a week with the caption “a woman” and nobody bothers to point out who it is. In 2000 you weren’t even allowed on the internet unless you were obsessed with her!

    The other women is, natch, Mary Parkinson, presumably making her only TV apperarance of the decade. The bloke looks a bit like Aled Jones does now but I think it’s the now-ex Mr Gaby.

  4. DW

    January 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I just remembered another odd but compelling celeb reality vehicle. In fact to call it odd is probably quite an understatement.
    The Verdict (2007)
    Brookside’s Jennifer Ellison, Blur’s Alex James, Patsy Palmer, Jeffrey Archer, Stan Collymore, Ingrid Tarrant, So Solid Crew’s Megaman, Michael Portillo and Sara Payne (mother of murdered Sarah Payne) become the jury in a real courtroom with a real judge and real barristers. Except that its not a real case and the witnesses are actors, but this doesn’t stop Patsy Palmer breaking into tears at the verdict. Worth it just to hear Portillo sincerely addressing someone as “Megaman”.

  5. fl3m

    January 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I’d like to think that a place can be found for Monkey Dust somewhere. Not sure if it’s quite Cream enough to be in here but it was a fantastic dark comedy that summed the decade up perfectly.

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