|With Tim Dowling having been brought in to now ruin Radio Times every week with his sideways-look-at brand of box-out fun, TV Cream has taken a similarly horizontal peek at his emails to editor Ben Preston. So here’s what future off-the-top-of-his-head fun he’s got lined up…
|Benjamino, you bastard!
Product placement on TV, that’s a thing! How about fun matches between programmes and delightfully inappropriate sponsors? Watchdog sponsored by that brand of slimming pills That’s Life! exposed once. Can’t remember the brand’s name, so I’ll probably just called it Scam-o Slim-a-Lot. Chortle! Imagine Criminal Justice brought to you by Claims Direct! And Doc Martin in conjunction with Hush Puppies! Plus – I’m laughing as I write this – MasterChef in bed with Pot Noodle, cos everyone knows Pot Noodle is a poor example of food, whereas MasterChef is championing great examples of food! We could have Gregg Wallace’s face on a Pot Noodle pot with a speech bubble from his mouth: “I just want to take my shirt off and dive in!” People are mad about MasterChef, aren’t they?
And, sent just yesterday…
Have you seen Chris Tarrant’s got a show on the digital channel (Not Many People) Watch? Snigger! Granted, there’s no amusing juxtaposition in that, but all the same: What next? Dave Gorman going to Dave to do Are You Dave Gorman? OJ Simpson turning up on Alibi? Wossy on Weally!?! (Think about it!) Someone to do with Pot Noodle – not sure who yet – going to Good Food? And how about a celebrity who maybe has been famously booed hosting something on Bravo. Priceless!
If you’ve got your own idea for other bits of TV take-off fun to pep up page 10 of RT, let us know in the comments field, and we’ll forward them to Tim forthwith.