Richard and Judy

Monday, November 26, 2001 by · Comments Off 

There wasn’t much sense of occasion on this first day of the new term with Madeley and Finnigan. No glossy title sequence showing Richard picking the kids up from school or Judy popping the tea in the oven. Read more

Pop Idol

Saturday, November 24, 2001 by · Comments Off 

Next week sees the final episode in this particular phase of ITV’s convoluted pop talent series – Pop Idol. Read more

Children in Need

Friday, November 16, 2001 by · Comments Off 

If you want people to stick with at least some of a live seven hour TV charity fundraiser then at least make sure you’ve sorted the first 60 seconds. Ideally they should be on tape, especially if a dash round half a dozen outside broadcasts is planned, and to places where the only thing to show are glum crowds standing about looking cold. Read more

I Love 1999

Saturday, November 3, 2001 by · Comments Off 

Was it really only 16 months ago? In July 2000 BBC2 screened I Love 1970, the first instalment of what turned out to be a 30-part series – and whilst it’s almost too neat to refer back to this first edition as I Love reaches its climax (at least within it’s current format), it is instructive to measure how far the series has come (or fallen) since then. Read more

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross

Friday, November 2, 2001 by · Comments Off 

The curse of Chris Evans stalks the schedules. His zeppelin-sized ego and poisonous influence landed Channel 4 with a behemoth stinker of a show it took years to put to sleep. Read more