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Your Wednesday Night In… June 1999

Wednesday, 16th June 1999


Initially, we mourned The Ronson Mission, and needlessly blamed Louis Theroux. But tear off the self-conscious shtick of the title – and, indeed, the titles – and what remains is quite delightful. Always playing the ingénue in these visits to America, Louis fittingly delves into the world of off-Broadway performers. As ever, he charmingly wastes the time of the mentors he collects along the way, including hopeful actor James Lorenzom who wants to graduate from non-paying roles to “the world of commerce” (ie. paying ). Following the thesp to an audition, he captures him in a hopeless attempt at being ebullient to a receptionist: “Thank you, you hard-working thing”. The climax, of course, is Louis himself, rebranded as Lewis Castle, unsuccessfully auditioning to a worldless Craig Revel Horwood (then minus the ‘Revel’) and company for a part in a cruise-liner musical, Hey, Mr Producer! Alas, he’s not the ‘triple-threat’ they’re after. “If I was looking for some quirky, English, off-the-wall character, yes, he has that sort of presence.”


8.30pm TV DINNERS, Channel 4
Fourth and final run of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s series in which he meet amateur cooks who are planning celebratory suppers. It begins with Michelle from Warrington. She’s marking 25 years as a hairdresser with a “riotous supper”, including anatomically correct nude pasta people, and desserts crowned with back-combed beehives spun from sugar. Still available to view on demand – warning, contains ‘saucy humour’.

Last knockings of the docu-soap, and emergency locksmith Jason is working around the clock rescuing stranded pensioners and helpless women, while his girlfriend Kate gets some home truths about the relationship.

7.00pm YOUNG, HOT AND TALENTED, Channel 5
A profile of “former glamour model” Jordan, who is now aiming for a career in pop music. It was either this or The Jim Tavare Show.



  1. THX 1139

    June 13, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Jordan had a go at Eurovision, didn’t she? “Vote for me!” she optimistically yelled at the climax of her song. Nowadays we wouldn’t do much better (or worse) if we sent Jim Tavare.

  2. Glenn Aylett

    June 15, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    @ THX 1139, this was probably part of her plan to make herself very rich as she knew she had a limited shelf life as a Page 3 girl. Jordan/ Katie Price was in the right place at the right time, though, as this show she appeared on in 1999 was the start of what we now call reality television, which she would become hugely famous( or infamous) for in the noughties, including her excruciating show Katie and Peter. Although her career has faded in recent years, Katie can retire on the millions she’s made from this kind of thing.

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