TV Times – 11th March 2012

This is the most difficult section for me to write, as unless I’m totally on top of my TV Viewing (and I’m slipping further and further behind at the moment), I can’t review everything I want to, and it’s also the most time-consuming of all the posts in my weekly blog!

It’s a Catch 22 situation. I only have so many hours in a day, and I want to do a full TV/Radio review, but as I’ve been spending time pitching for (paid!) freelance work I simply haven’t been able to write this section as fully as I would like, and anyone who just might be reading (particularly with a view to possibly employing me), will look at the last few weeks’ posts and not really get the whole picture.

Ooh, it’s a tricky one! Here’s what I’ve managed to get you this week though:

Upstairs Downstairs

My friend Sarah is an Extra in tonight’s episode (11th March), if her bit makes it on-screen, so I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for that.

I had a bit of a rant last week (just scroll down it you missed it). I’m not going to do that today, but I’d like to bet that viewing figures were up for last Sunday’s Episode, although I spent half an hour looking this morning, but couldn’t actually find them.

From the amount of articles I DID find while I was looking though, my contention that lesbianism SELLS appears to have been very much confirmed (again), and if you like this storyline, you’ll definitely like my novel, “Just Good Friends?”

As for the show: it’s ok. It doesn’t ‘grab’ me (and I haven’t warmed to any of the characters), but I’m hoping that tonight’s Episode will be a good one. I’m not sure that Portia’s book would have received as much publicity as that in reality. The lesbian classic, Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness caused much controversy READ MORE/WHY HERE and I’ll be interested to see whether there’s as much castigation and contempt poured on ‘the lovers’ tonight …

CLICK HERE TO GO TO SITE (Upstairs Downstairs; BBC1 Sunday 9.00 pm)

Celebrity Apprentice

I SO want to give this a proper review but I’m still woefully behind. Just trust me though and get onto iPlayer for some gripping drama, or  it’s on BBC1 (various times). CLICK HERE TO GO TO iPLAYER


Three Episodes in, and I will now predict Pramface’s move to BBC1 and for it to run for (at least) a second series. I’m still not liking the Mike character and I still think he was miscast. I talked to several other people this week who all said the same as me: that the actor playing the character of Mike makes the show appear too similar to The Inbetweeners.

The last Episode ended with Jamie seeing the scan of his baby, and Episode Four will hopefully be a cracker as the two sets of parents meet for the first time!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO SITE  (Pramface BBC3 Thursday 9.00 pm + repeats)

PS Will Take Me Out’s lovely lass Gracie ever get to go to the Isle of Fernandos?

Radio Times

Nick Anderson and Barry Harris present a show called The Big Weekender, and I make no apologies for once-again urging anyone who likes comedy to listen to THE two best hours of comedy radio you’ll find anywhere. Don’t believe me? Have a listen for yourself.

They had a couple in for an interview this week. Nick and Barry have what you’d call an … unusual interviewing style, and I can guarantee that these two will have never experienced anything quite like it – and probably never will again!

You know when you see rabbits caught in the headlights? That’s what they were like, and they were in their car and out of that car park like something you’d have seen in an old Episode of the Addams Family! Unfortunately, the guys don’t record their shows, but I’m trying really hard to persuade them to, and when they finally do I’ll put them straight up on this site.

In the meantime … at the risk of repeating myself: if you like comedy, you really do not want to miss this show. It’s a cult classic, and if they were on mainstream radio they’d have a huge following.

I was saddened to hear that Alan Carr’s hanging up  his headphones and giving up his Saturday night show. If Radio 2 have got a vacancy on a Saturday night, (or Radio 4/4 Extra have a window somewhere perhaps?), I know just the guys!

 (The Big Weekender Swindon 105.5 fm 5.00-7.00 pm Fridays) CLICK HERE TO GO TO SITE


2 Responses to TV Times – 11th March 2012

  1. Barry H March 13, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Can I put you down as a referee on our Radio 2 job app? Do you not think the Summer Breeze people are coming back? Next time, we’ll get Watson & Oliver on.

    I’d record our shows if only I knew how…

    • Jane March 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      They either won’t come back or will have ‘braced themselves’ first!
      Yes, get Watson and Oliver on. Now, THAT would be an entertaining interview! I’d record you if only I knew how, too …

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