The pantomime season started early last Sunday and if I had paid for a ticket, I would have demanded my money back...
I have to say, season 10 is shaping up to be pretty good. Doug Naylor seems to have learn't from his mistakes - more commonly known as season 8 - and continues to bring us classic Dwarf. Two for two so far, lets hope episode 3 continues the trend.
What on earth has happened to the national reserve and emotional continence for which we Brits were once internationally famed? Where is the 'stiff upper lip' attributed to 'good Queen Bess' and the Duke of Wellington by George and Ira Gershwin in 1937?
As someone who has worked in recreational drug research for nearly 20 years, I'm very aware of the difficulties in getting research money.However, I remain cynical about this particular project, in terms of the message it may send to some viewers about drug use and how this feeds into a continuing focus on a chemical-based approach to 'treating' mental ill-health.
So Bootcamp is over for another year and for the remaining acts, it is down to them to give the performance of their lives.
So, here we go with the brutal eliminations. Forget doing another audition, one third of them were out without even singing. Perhaps a good thing for us! Disappointing for the culprits but that's the nature of the game.
The opening round up montage shown tonight, made me realise what great talent we've had so far this series, a lot more than 12, so the choices are going to be interesting. The live shows will be fab.
Weeks of speculation over the celebrity line up has finally ended and the 14 stars are well into preparations for the opening night. The show may be on it's 10th series but the glitterball trophy remains one of the most desired prizes out there.
Our first treat tonight, following my roast beef and Yorkshire pudding dinner, was the singing Russell Brand, aka Eddy String. Annoying, yes, can he sing no, was it entertaining, a little. Not for me. Too soon for another Frankie.
Week four kicks off in Liverpool. The City that gave us the Beatles, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, OMD and X Factor's favourite son, Marcus Collins.
Yes at times, the original series was way over the top, containing a spectrum of awkwardly bright props, suspect acting along with Horrible Histories style costume design, and clichéd moments that made most of us embarrassed. We didn't mind.
Bad Education is currently top of the "Most Popular" programmes on BBC iPlayer, so I thought I'd give it a look. Oh dear. It quickly becomes clear that the writer has never spent any time in a state school. Or in a multi-cultural environment of any kind.
It seems of late that every change of seasons brings with it another documentary on Islam; this time it was one by Tom Holland, an academic in the fie...
In September 1977, an episode of Happy Days changed the world forever. In 'Hollywood Part 3', The Fonz jumps over a shark to prove how brave he is. The episode marked the beginning of what is seen as a downward spiral for the series.
I had high hopes, no pun intended, as Russell Brand's usual display of eloquence is enough to draw people into the drugs debate.
This Friday night at 9pm, four stars of Coronation Street will appear in Corrie Goes to Kenya, the first of two documentaries on ITV1. The programmes follow Sue Cleaver, Ryan Thomas, Brooke Vincent and Ben Price as they visit Mombasa, where they will use their thespian skills to challenge the misconceptions around HIV/AIDS.