Thursday, June 07, 2007

Fern Britton

On Monday evening, PHD Paul and I went to sit in the audience of Fern Britton's new ITV nostalgia quiz show - "That's What I Call Television". It was my first experience of being an audience member at one of these things, and it was quite fun... but, at three-and-a-half hours long, bum-achingly tiring. Still, we did get a free Flake out of it.

Basically, this is classic, low-quality, ITV1 dumbed-down rubbish. Fern and co-host Julian Clary (the most disingenuous man on TV) fluffed their autocues between a series of clips of old shows and ads. And were joined by a few celeb quests. These included, ahem, four people who used to be in "Crossroads", four former Flake girls, Judith Chalmers and (stay with it) Richard Briers and Felicity Kendall from "The Good Life". Now, that really was a coup! The good folk of ITV1 even mocked up a bad replica of the Goods' kitchen and had Fern and Julian interview the legendary pair in there. It was worth it for that moment alone.

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