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I don't think he has a family, so it might give him more flexibility in saying yes to jobs this year.

trishyb, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 17:44 (nine months ago) link

I personally could do without seeing or hearing Richard Osman for a while. Between his book promotion and the BBC using House of Games as a cheap filler, I have had enough of him now. I'm not saying they shouldn't, and I know they're all stuck for programming, but...

trishyb, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 17:47 (nine months ago) link

I personally could do without seeing or hearing Richard Osman for a while.

Yeah same. I used to quite like him when he was just on Pointless.

chap, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 17:51 (nine months ago) link

i did see on twitter that osman's left endemol to go freelance. i think the book was a bigger success than anyone expected - was sold out everywhere i looked (all 3 places...)

he always adds value to any show he's on, apart from that dreadful 'world-cup of things' show he did last christmas.

(i don't ever see house of games, apart from monday's standalone thing, which kind of misses the point of the all-week-with-same-contestants scheduling it gets on bbc2)

koogs, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 18:00 (nine months ago) link

re Taskmaster : i wonder if its now at the stage where its not just about the fees that they can afford, but folks actually want to do it cos its good fun.

mark e, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 18:15 (nine months ago) link

oh, and yeah, every year this is a certain comedy personality who gets an absolute killing over the festive season and is on every bloody show possible.
couple of years back it was Walliams, the year after that cricket bloke, and this year it was definitely Tom Allen.

mark e, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 18:17 (nine months ago) link

Not comedy, but Shirley Ballas is getting a fair old whirl around every show ever at the moment - she's in the one-off Taskmaster and was on both BBC and ITV at the same time the other day.

ailsa, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 22:04 (nine months ago) link

Yes, that Tom Allen guy seems to have come out of nowhere in the last few months and I'm sick of him already.

oh god he's awful, like he was concocted in some laboratory making smarmy and unfunny hosts

Change Display Name: (stevie), Wednesday, 30 December 2020 23:28 (nine months ago) link

C4's experiment in Taskmaster without comedians doesn't seem to have been particularly successful.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 1 January 2021 22:48 (nine months ago) link

I thought it was really good - I’d happily watch a series with that line-up.

Tim, Saturday, 2 January 2021 00:26 (nine months ago) link

Think I agree with aldo. Nobody seemed to have much imagination except rylan who was trying too hard, if anything. And it felt like Greg was having to do more work than usual to make the chatty bits funny. Might've improved with time though.

Next series:

Lee Mack
Charlotte Ritchie
Jamali Maddix
Mike Wozniak
Sarah Kendall

There'll also be a champion of champions special for sessions 6-10 (last one was 2 episodes iirc)

koogs, Saturday, 2 January 2021 06:53 (nine months ago) link

Lack of imagination is probably what I'm stretching for. It might have been just the choice of tasks not really lending themselves to it but yes, only really Rylan trying to use any imagination or playing with the rules and he didn't really work in isolation with everyone else just doing what the card said.

It started with the prize task, which was boringly literal but possibly not as much as the last series which smacked of 'what I can buy in the all night garage on the way to the studio'.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Saturday, 2 January 2021 08:29 (nine months ago) link

The prize task has not been great a lot of the time. I think we forget how bad most of them are, because the good ones are so very good.

Last night's was more like a corporate jolly than a proper entertainment programme. The participants all seemed to enjoy themselves hugely, but that didn't translate in the same way as the show usually does. Although, as a Strictly fan, I really, really enjoyed how much fun Shirley Ballas was having. I just enjoyed it in a different way.

trishyb, Saturday, 2 January 2021 10:42 (nine months ago) link

Funnily enough I can't disagree with any of the above, but I think the best I enjoy most about the show are the in-between bots rather than the tasks. Last night's lot seemed to slot in to being comfortable with each other / Greg's abuse right from the off and it had me chortling away more than any individual show in the last series (which I suppose means for me it did translate in the way the show usually does when it works best).

Tim, Saturday, 2 January 2021 11:12 (nine months ago) link

Yeah Rylan was the only one I think would make a good regular contestant. Although John Hannah was quite charming and Nicola Derry Girls seemed like a laugh. Didn't like Shirley Ballas but I hate Strictly.

chap, Saturday, 2 January 2021 11:36 (nine months ago) link

Pulling is back on the iPlayer; both seasons, and the one-off last ep. The whole shebang. Stil one of the funniest BBC shows i've seen.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b007m1vk/pulling?seriesId=b009qkg9

piscesx, Monday, 4 January 2021 17:21 (nine months ago) link

Oh, excellent!

ailsa, Monday, 4 January 2021 19:35 (nine months ago) link

laughtrack or no?

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 4 January 2021 20:46 (nine months ago) link

Laughtrack nah, not this dark little beasty.

piscesx, Monday, 4 January 2021 22:12 (nine months ago) link

great, grabbing it now

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 4 January 2021 22:25 (nine months ago) link

It’s impressively bleak - I’m only at episode 3 and I feel I’ve been put through the wringer.

Luna Schlosser, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 23:21 (nine months ago) link

yeah, the first episode starts with a bored handjob and gets infinitely more depressing by the minute. it's funny tho!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 00:52 (nine months ago) link

Comic Strip Presents seems to have finished after showing 3 episodes (5 go mad, bad news, war) about 4 times each (which aren't even the first 3 episodes)

pvr is telling me there are 23 episodes available on All4

koogs, Sunday, 10 January 2021 15:10 (nine months ago) link

in other surprising lacunae of tv presenters news, sandi toksvig seemed to not know what a theremin is on last night's QI.

koogs, Friday, 15 January 2021 13:27 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Watched all of Pulling over the last two weeks, for the first time.

It was funny, but somehow bleaker than deliberately dark comedy because it didn't seem to be aiming for it. All three lead characters are kind of irredeemable human beings, most of the other characters too now I think about it.

Bastard Lakes (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 29 January 2021 23:04 (eight months ago) link

It's so good. That first episode!
Can't remember loads about s2, wasn't sure about Dennis Pennis iirc

kinder, Saturday, 30 January 2021 00:11 (eight months ago) link

if you want a general guide as to how dark Pulling is, right around the fourth episode of the first season, there's a sequence where they beat a cat to death with a brick. And it's funny! But it is very much there.

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 30 January 2021 00:19 (eight months ago) link

I had to bail - maybe temporarily. Just too bleak for me at the moment, though I can admire it in its own way.

Luna Schlosser, Saturday, 30 January 2021 00:25 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I'm almost annoyed that the new Dead Pixels was shown two at a time because after 4 weeks there are no more to watch. and i thought Rose Matefeo was pretty much perfect in her role (first time I've seen her act)

next taskmaster contestants are up on Wikipedia but i can't remember a single name after having looked last week.

> Panellists for this series will be Charlotte Ritchie, Jamali Maddix, Lee Mack, Mike Wozniak and Sarah Kendall.

um, seems promising but i think Mack might be a bit overbearing.

koogs, Friday, 19 February 2021 06:35 (eight months ago) link

He's the worst thing about Would I Lie To You (lovely Bob is the best, obviously).

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 19 February 2021 08:55 (eight months ago) link

Charlotte Ritchie is lovely - she was campaigning for Labour in the same spot as me on the day of the election. That and Ghosts has secured a place in my heart for her.

Mike Wozniak made me laugh in Man Down, and I've enjoyed some of the videos Maddix has made for Vice. Lee Mack can be overbearing yes, but I admit he makes me laugh sometimes. No idea who Sarah Kendall is.

chap, Friday, 19 February 2021 09:27 (eight months ago) link

(a standup from the Newcastle that's north of Sydney, but moved to the UK a year or two after starting comedy, over two decades ago)

stilt in the wings (sic), Friday, 19 February 2021 09:34 (eight months ago) link

australian, probably best known in the uk for that 3-hander sketch show she did with barunka, Beehive (6 episodes in 2008 but fondly remembered here)

xp

koogs, Friday, 19 February 2021 09:36 (eight months ago) link

i don't know wozniak outside of the character he plays in Man Down

koogs, Friday, 19 February 2021 09:37 (eight months ago) link

Me either, but that's enough to sell me on him.

Sarah Kendall is a fantastic comic. I'm really looking forward to seeing her do her thing.

He's the worst thing about Would I Lie To You (lovely Bob is the best, obviously).

I used to like him on it, but now he just shouts over everyone all the time. I wonder if he's going a bit deaf.

trishyb, Friday, 19 February 2021 10:49 (eight months ago) link

Saw Kendall do stand-up once and became an immediate fan, she's really great. Had a sitcom at one point based on her life which was sadly rubbish, but it feels like these kinds of things usually are.

These days I'm just thankful if a show doesn't have anyone I know to be an asshole from online in it (I say after having grinded my teeth through the Baddiel season of Taskmaster, not that he wasn't funny in it).

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 19 February 2021 10:57 (eight months ago) link

These days I'm just thankful if a show doesn't have anyone I know to be an asshole from online in it

Agreed, fucking twitter. Tony Robinson came on C4 News the other day and I booed the screen. My partner asked what I had against Tony Robinson and I just sounded really pathetic and paranoid explaining.

chap, Friday, 19 February 2021 11:07 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, my attempt to explain Baddiel ended in "he's just a dad who needs to log off" and the wife pointed out she knows someone else who might need to log off...

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 19 February 2021 11:43 (eight months ago) link

touché

I'm Going to Bring a Watermelon to Mark Grout Tonight (Tom D.), Friday, 19 February 2021 11:45 (eight months ago) link

Lol.

Baddiel and Robinson are both total arseholes though...

chap, Friday, 19 February 2021 12:14 (eight months ago) link

I mean, Toby Young is a total arsehole. I can imagine listening to Baddiel or Robinson talking on a lot of some subjects and being interested in what they say - TY not so.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 19 February 2021 12:31 (eight months ago) link

I guess I'd listen to Robinson if he was talking about like, Anglo Saxon burial grounds or what it was like to make Blackadder.

chap, Friday, 19 February 2021 12:39 (eight months ago) link

I can't imagine being interested in anything David Baddiel does or says.

I'm Going to Bring a Watermelon to Mark Grout Tonight (Tom D.), Friday, 19 February 2021 12:50 (eight months ago) link

Nope.

chap, Friday, 19 February 2021 12:54 (eight months ago) link

This was literally the only time the sight of David Baddiel has given me any pleasure:

https://c.files.bbci.co.uk/vivo/live/images/2016/6/7/cafa2d6d-d7e4-416d-b824-2bcbcb793bce.jpg

I'm Going to Bring a Watermelon to Mark Grout Tonight (Tom D.), Friday, 19 February 2021 12:59 (eight months ago) link

I enjoyed his wanking jokes when I was about 12.

chap, Friday, 19 February 2021 13:01 (eight months ago) link

Would point Baddiel-fans to this review of his book from the Jewdas people

https://www.jewdas.org/aging-liberal-confuses-self-blames-left/

Bastard Lakes (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 19 February 2021 13:01 (eight months ago) link

Baddiel-fans

Just as a favour, could you fuck off there?

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 19 February 2021 13:08 (eight months ago) link

not saying there are any on here, just if you know any

Bastard Lakes (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 19 February 2021 13:14 (eight months ago) link

As someone who has no idea about Tony Robinson's likes or dislikes, what's the deal with him? Standard whingeing about women/immigrants/workshy layabouts, or something more sinister?

trishyb, Friday, 19 February 2021 13:18 (eight months ago) link


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