TV Times – 13th November 2011

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The X Factor

Saturday’s show: what was THAT all about? Technical issues delaying the start of the show? Lucky they had that montage ready, wasn’t it …

How come they’ve brought someone back who was voted-off weeks ago? I don’t get that. They made Frankie’s departure look jolly civilised too, didn’t they? This show’s really lost the plot I reckon. I’m liking Weetabix – sorry, Little Mix, and (since he’s changed his image), Marcus now, too.

I’m sorry, but Craig doesn’t look – or sound – like a pop star. He sings ok, but as his voice isn’t ‘special’ in any way, his USP would need to be his amazing looks/persona, but he doesn’t have either of those either. I’m not trying to be unkind, and that’s just my opinion of course, but most people who ‘make it’ in the music industry tend to have both these things …

It was a bit sad to see Kitty go out. Her rendition of ‘Over the Rainbow’ (a song I loathe, and almost turned the sound off as she started singing), was the best I’ve ever heard: emotional, but without being all sentimental and sugary.  (The X Factor ITV1 Saturday/Sunday 8.15 pm)


MasterChef – The Professionals

Gastric Sauce? Oh, come on. Is this going to be the ‘Next Big Thing’ in Chef-speak? Who’s heard of this one then? I looked it up (make sure you key in sauce and not juice!), and apparently it’s a sort-of sauce/glaze made from sugar, wine vinegar and sometimes other things – like fruit.

This first week’s been a big yawn. The food and the candidates have been completely forgettable. The music was deafening – again – and SO unneccesary, but I stopped in my tracks when (after bracing myself as usual for India Fisher’s ghastly narration), there was a man’s voice instead. It turned out to be Sean Pertwee.

His narration was … different. He sounded as if he was a little bored by the whole thing but – who cares – it was 1000 times better than normal. I didn’t put him on mute once!

(MasterChef: The Professionals BBC 2 Monday-Friday various times)


Young Apprentice

The Apprentice - Jane Reynolds' weekly 'TV Times' reviewI loved the bit at the beginning where they were stood watching Lord Sugar’s instructions on an iPad. How amazing is that, and how lucky are we to have all this incredible stuff? I love technology.

Wasn’t this a great Episode? I really enjoyed it. Harry H had sent flowers to his mum. Bless. I love him! Hannah was the PM, and her comment, “I don’t overlook people because I’m often overlooked myself,” struck a chord with me. I know exactly how she feels, and

It’s strange how they all seem to have it in for Harry M, but – of course – it’s obvious. Some of them are jealous/threatened by him as he’s one of the strongest candidates. He’s polite, sensible and makes useful/helpful observations. It seems unreasonable to say he’s not a Team Player. From what I saw, that’s EXACTLY what he is, and how well did he do to sell that Heliconia? That’s real salesmanship.

Harry M & Lewis - Young Apprentice - Jane Reynolds' weekly 'TV Times' reviewHe does look ‘born’ to floristry though – as does Lewis – although looking the part isn’t always enough. “He couldn’t sell flowers on Mother’s Day,” one of them remarked wryly.

Gbemi didn’t seem to ‘grasp the nettle’ either. “They wouldn’t want to buy flowers from us for that price when they don’t even know who we are.” Er, it’s flowers love, not a second-hand car. You hardly need a warranty, do you? If they look nice, people will buy them. Who cares who you are?

Young Apprentice - Jane Reynolds' weekly 'TV Times' reviewZara SO wanted to hug Lewis when they came out from that pitch, but he clearly didn’t feel the same *awkward* and we saw a bit more of James’ personality too. “Is that (mobile) hung up?” he asked Harry H. “Let’s give them sh*ite; cheap sh*te. Cheap and cheerful,” he laughed. Hmmm.

They did that alright. That mantlepiece ‘display’ was … well, what do you say? I don’t know how those women didn’t burst out laughing – or go mad. They were so charming and polite about – what was – a total disaster!

Scroll down for Wk 1/2 reviews, inc lookalike photos! (Young Apprentice Ep 3 BBC1 9.00 pm Mon)


Radio Times

Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 Series Sounds of the 20th Century is on 1983 this week. Do not miss it. The best thing ever on the radio. (See last week’s big review for further information.)

(Sounds of the 20th Century Radio 2 10.00 pm every Thursday, and available on BBC iPlayer)

Alan Carr & Mel Sykes - Jane Reynolds' weekly 'TV Times' reviewCLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION 

Last night saw the return of Going Out with Alan Carr on Radio 2. Laugh? I should say so. I defy anyone (no matter how miserable), not to even crack a smile at this show. He and Mad Mel Sykes are bonkers, and they should be prescribed on the NHS!

(Going Out with Alan Carr Radio 2 6.00-8.00 Saturdays)

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