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don_quixote

Trent End
all factual television programmes now are made like blue bloody peter. it's all about the presenter's journey. there was this programme called coast on, and it was all about how the presenter was going in a jet. woah! anyway, they'll build up this whole emotional story and then impart like a tiny bit of information and embed it in all the other nonsense.

it's unwatchable.

maybe that's a sweeping statement, it seems to be mainly the bbc who are the worst at this.

it's either this, or the personality documentary, where it's all about the celebrity presenting it rather than the subject. louis theroux is going this way, but mostly channel 4 are the very worst offenders: jamie oliver and richard dawkins. dawkins is like theist bear baiting. it's fun to watch, but still doesn't actually tell you anything.

on the other hand, big brother is fucking fantastic this year. and if it's ratings are going through the floor it's completely unjustified.
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
on the other hand, big brother is fucking fantastic this year. and if it's ratings are going through the floor it's completely unjustified.
Really?? Interesting. I gave up a couple of seasons ago, but still have fond memories of That One With Science In. He was a comic genius.

As for TV in general, I gave up watching a year or so ago, not out of any deep conviction...just got bored of wasting so much time, when I could quite easily waste it on the internet instead. Only TV I've watched recently was Red Riding and a couple of comedy shows.

oh, and the Late Review once, strictly for laughs.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
Really?? Interesting. I gave up a couple of seasons ago, but still have fond memories of That One With Science In. He was a comic genius.
I've never watched BB but I think I remember the series you're talking about - didn't it have some physics undergraduate in it or something? I just recall a pisstake that may or may not have been written by Charlie Brooker, which included the line "Jon is staring at the wall, thinking about quarks". Didn't he say something to one of the other contestants like "I'm probably the cleverest person you've ever met"?

I bet I've forgotten more about quarks than that cunt knows about them.

Edit: haha, yes, good ol' CB: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2004/jun/12/screenburn.features16
 
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don_quixote

Trent End
no, no, science was some black dude from leeds who just laid around being awesome.

this year it's electric. really good telly. yesterday there was complete disregard for the rules of the show and the show is struggling to keep them under control. today, the kickback, the emotional fallout as they all start to blame each other - and some actual real tenderness. also there's less screeching, which makes it a lot more bearable. now if they could just get rid of the rubbish novelty "tasks" it'd be a lot better.

it'll probably be shit tomorrow now.
 

don_quixote

Trent End
that brooker article has made me think more clearly about it: there is a lot less imbecilicness (oops?). take sophie (who the producers decided to rename dogface therefore becoming a stick to bash this series with), she went into the house bragging about how thick she was - so clearly we expect someone who will be like that in there, but it's completely the opposite...

somehow the biggest voices in the house are both the most articulate, yet unlike that fucking tory cunt from a few series back, not condescending rats either. this somehow forces the conversation to a certain level beyond the imbecilic, they're aware their on camera, but they don't do the big show.

... so she is forced to become humble, sweet and tries hard to pull herself upto the level there at.

and rodrigo, who kicks off at anyone who shows disrespect to 'the house' and said something about "what would the queen think when she is watching this? how can i look her in the eye?" the other day. boy.
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
What, he was called 'Science'?

OK, that is actually pretty awesome.
because he was dropping it on a minute-by-minute basis.

The 'task' where he ended up in a pirate costume was for me the all-time highlight of BB. Tears streaming down my face...
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
and some actual real tenderness
bloody hell, it's bound to end in death now.

i always thought they should do a version of BB where they let a starving tiger in unannounced at the end of week two:

"Day 18, 4.30pm. Anthony and Maxwell have been hiding in the cupboard for 96 hours. The tiger is by the pool finishing off the remains of Derek's carcass."
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
"Day 18, 4.30pm. Anthony and Maxwell have been hiding in the cupboard for 96 hours. The tiger is by the pool finishing off the remains of Derek's carcass."
Didn't they do this on Time Trumpet? Something like that, anyway - I mean the idea of a literally fatal game show has been around at least since Running Man.
 

Bang Diddley

Well-known member
Really?? Interesting. I gave up a couple of seasons ago, but still have fond memories of That One With Science In. He was a comic genius.
Thats the only BB I ever watched for Science cos he's local lad. Very funny. Love to hear him do some Jammer style grime or something.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
quite possible....what's Time Trumpet?
It was quite a cool show on about three or four years ago by Armando Ianucci. A "look back" from the perspective of the 2020s about TV from the 'past' 15 years, i.e. roughly 2005 to 2020. It was generally pretty funny, someone was talking about it on here the other day...Tesco becoming so all-powerful that it effectively achieves statehood and declares war on Denmark. And a game show called 'Rape An Ape' with a nice cheery theme tune.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
One of my favourite programs is 'Charlie Boorman: By Any Means Necessary'. I mean, it's no 'Pimp My Ride UK' or 'Shipwrecked 2009' but it's still televisual gold. Essentially, he travels around the world and you learn NOTHING about any of the places he visits, other than that they are 'cool', 'crazy' and are sometimes quite difficult to get into/out of (i.e. it takes them four hours to process your passport).
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
C'est cassé - zut alors!

I ill-advisedly watched a programme last night with the following premise - "Who would win a battle out of a ninja and a Spartan?"

Jesus wept. 'Cos he's sensitive like that.
 
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