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All roads lead home (note limp title)

PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:31 am
by Philellinas
You are a hard-pressed BBC channel controller and have an hour-long gap in your prime-time evening schedule to fill. "Gosford Abbey" on the other side is thankfully nearing the end of its run and a heavyweight Dickens adaptation is waiting in the wings. Then you receive a synopsis for a proposed programme. Manna from heaven. Ever mindful of the BBC mission to inform, educate and entertain, you gleefully commission a whole series of three programmes. The aforementioned synopsis reads as follows:-
"Three available non-celebs [hereafter referred to as X, Y and Z in order to spare their blushes] attempt to travel around the UK using only nature as their guide, plus a little assistance from navigation expert, Tristan Gooley. Setting off on a trek from Bodmin Moor to Cape Cornwall with Sue taking the lead, they quickly find out that just one wrong turn could result in disaster".
The "disaster" could have been averted and the viewing figures increased if one of the "contestants" had fallen off a cliff in a desperate attempt to revive his/her comatose career.
Gooley by name. Balls by nature. Surely this is a right load of orchids.
As you may well have deduced by now, my review copy unaccountably failed to arrive and I have reluctantly resorted to a creative account. If I have spoilt your enjoyment of this programme retrospectively, my efforts will have been rewarded. Col. H (ret.)
P.S. Did I miss anything?

Re: All roads lead home (note limp title)

PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:39 pm
by NormanD
Colonel H wrote:P.S. Did I miss anything?
No, and neither did I by the sound of it. I wonder if the 20% cuts the BBC has just announced will pass dreck ike this by?

Re: All roads lead home (note limp title)

PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:55 pm
by AndyM
The BBC have decided to ringfence Radio Four from any real cuts and put more money into The Proms.

Whoop-de-sodding-do.

The programme, erm, critiqued in this thread does feature The Extremely Great Alison Steadman, by the way, and I am prepared to believe she can redeem anything.

Though this may be the breaking point of that belief!

All roads lead home (note limp title)

PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:28 pm
by Philellinas
I had a horrible suspicion, Andy, that you would salvage some redeeming feature from the wreckage of this programme. I was disappointed to see that Alison Steadman was involved and was going to be a gentleman and not name and shame her. I suppose if one of the non-celebs had spotted a chough as they hurtled towards their rocky embrace I might have registered a flicker of interest. Otherwise this programme would seem to be a prime candidate for being a victim of austerity cuts. Mr. Fry's latest vehicle can also disappear over a cliff with him at the wheel.

Re: All roads lead home (note limp title)

PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:54 pm
by NormanD
Philellinas wrote:Mr. Fry's latest vehicle can also disappear over a cliff with him at the wheel.
Yay!

Re: All roads lead home (note limp title)

PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:20 pm
by AndyM
Philellinas wrote:I had a horrible suspicion, Andy, that you would salvage some redeeming feature from the wreckage of this programme.


Well, Alison's involvement did intrigue me, I also like Sue Perkins a lot, and I am open-minded towards the genre. But the premise seemed a bit boy-scout-ish for me, and I can't stick the lanky male comedian on it, so I gave it a swerve.