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Never mind our lack of imagination

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Well, I’d hoped to like the new series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, I liked the ad campaign, I think Simon Astel is miles better than Mark Lamarr, and I’m all for strong language, but it just hasn’t changed.

Where have they found all these ‘charasmatic’ ie, dim but personable and arrogant, NME cool list pillocks? How can Bill Bailey and Phil Jupitus bear it? I hope the money is good.

The format for most of the show really works, I think the intro round is hard not to like, but the line up game where they cast 5 (granted stupid) people, as paedophiles, Tory supporters and manual labourers just epitomises the lack of talent on the panels, nasty and predictable comedy. You really notice Bill Bailey’s absence as there’s nothing creative happening.

Tonight’s ‘guests’ were Keith Chegwin, Tahita Bulmer, Dappy from N-Dubz and Mighty Boosh star Rich Rulcher. This is actually more like it, as Simon doesn’t seem able to have anyone on the show without going all Dennis Pennis on them, even Jermaine Jackson mock-throttled him last week.

But it’s cringe-worthy ultimately and it’s standards are so low, so soon, all the ‘double point’ gags and gimmicky chairs are just the same as a celebrity guest on a sitcom, desperate! Mind you, Pop Bitch at the Guardian disagrees, read her take on it here.

Written by Victoria

November 30, 2007 at 12:25 am

Posted in TV