I started a weekly TV column with good intents but spent some weeks (ok, months) watching re-runs of Spaced and Green Wing, so disenchanted was I with most of the TV that is on at the moment. Not constantly. Just when I could have been watching something new, and probably shit. Precious time spent watching Friday Night Dinner and Campus made me want to throw the remote at the TV – they were so ‘MEH’, for want of a better word. I even found myself watching vintage Big Brother Season 2, such was my distaste for what’s being made now. Ok, so that’s a lie, but it could get that bad very soon.
Not to say that there isn’t great TV being made still, I hear there are some great dramas such as Homeland, and everyone was banging on about the TV adaptation of Songbird a while ago (I’ve still no idea who Eddie Redmayne is and I’ve seen him 3 times in various louche coffee shops but I hear it was very good).
But comedy is worse. Not to say that it’s all bad: Pete Vs Life is brilliant, for example, but the majority make me want to spear my eyes with the olive-speared cocktail sticks from all the martinis I’d have to drink to get through them. Where are brilliant programmes like Nathan Barley, which is more relevant today than ever (the idiots are rising. Mark III, at least), Coupling, which was great for 3 series, and let’s not forget an obvious one but a good one, The Office. One of my favourite programmes ever. Sometimes, at work, my boss lets us watch it for ‘inspiration of how to act in an office’. That’s all you need, really.
Oh, Ricky. Where did it all go wrong? The Office was great. Extras I loved even more. Then there was that ‘mong’ incident on Twitter that got way out of hand. Actually, the Twitter incident in general got out of hand. I stopped following him because his Twitter feed was so boring. Then he made Life’s Too Short which a few people loved, but the general consensus was that he had just rehashed two Extras and The Office.
I watched Derek, his latest one-off project about a man works in a care home this week, and I was underwhelmed at best. I liked the concept, but it was poorly executed and didn’t really work for me as a one-off. If the characters had been developed, I might have liked it more. There were a few genuinely warming moments but as for being a ‘bittersweet comedy’, there wasn’t really enough of either. Though Karl Pilkington’s character was spectacular, even though it was just really Karl Pilkington being Karl Pilkington (or the persona he chooses to present to the public, if it is one).
I was watching Pramface, again on the BBC, for a while, but gave up before the 6-part series ended. I actually quite liked it as a programme, something to watch and not really think about, but as a comedy, it didn’t really work. I found all of the characters quite irritating and the one-liners that were obviously supposed to be funny were not particularly funny. I think if they took some of, you know, the swearing and numerous sex references out, it would be better marketed at a younger audience. With, you know, more morals and that.
Things I enjoy on TV at the moment:
Made in Chelsea: You may roll your eyes in disgust but I think it’s brilliant. Yes, many of the characters are privileged, affected arses, but that is what makes it so brilliant. And did you see the last episode? Major bitchiness from all sides going on!
The Apprentice: For mainly the same reasons as Made in Chelsea – egos, bitchiness and the most ridiculous people you couldn’t even make up.
I think there are probably loads of good things on TV at the moment, and I just haven’t heard about them, so please tell us what they are, even just so I don’t have to keep watching Hollyoaks.