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March 31st, 2007 (06:46 pm)

I thought that Strictly Dance Fever was a bad enough lead-in to Doctor Who... but I'm now suffering the appalling lapse of taste that is The People's Quiz, which celebrates 'Dumb Britain' in ways to which I have not hitherto been exposed. Perhaps this is just yet another indication that I live a sheltered life.

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Posted by: helflaed (helflaed)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)

Er- yes. Try a few mother and toddler groups sometime.....

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
DavidIcon

I knew it. I should have the exterior of my flat clad in imitation ivory.

Posted by: helflaed (helflaed)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)

Oooooh- posh!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

- if a symbol of unworldliness!

Posted by: zephyr (vescoiya)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)

Isn't it awful? I switched the TV off as it was that worrying.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

I didn't want to switch off as I might not have turned the television on again...

Posted by: Naraht (emily_shore)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)

I turned on the television late enough that I missed everything except the very end. Dare I ask?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

Where to begin? Though The People's Quiz purports to be a quiz show, the chosen contestants seem to be there to become spontaneous variety turns, like the pearly king with hearing problems who doesn't seem to be able to hear the questionmasters, or the transvestite/transsexual (I wasn't watching closely enough by this point to establish precisely what s/he was) or just the thread of people not up to answering the simple questions and made fun of in the purpose by the smug telly people. Sort of like the worst parts of talent shows, but without any end in view other than some entertainment to frame the lottery numbers in the second (mid-evening) part of the programme.

Posted by: Naraht (emily_shore)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)

Ouch, yes, that does sound unpleasant.

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)

Oh dear. I saw 10 seconds of that after turning the TV on 5 minutes early for Who and before muting it, and assumed that it was actually part of a sketch show satirising stupid quiz shows.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

Would that this was true... BBC 1's early evening is astonishingly weak considering the big guns that follow after 7pm.

Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)

Mr Viala was watching one of those ghastly rubbernecking shows on one of the satellite channels, where they spend half an hour lingering over the details of how an airplane crashed - including loving reconstructions of the terror amongst the passengers and crew - and half an hour whizzing through the investigation afterwards, supposedly the meat of the show. I told him to turn over to some trash, with flashing lights and people dancing. That's what's supposed to precede Doctor Who these days!

I remember the days when it was Basil Brush.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)

So do I - or Jim'll Fix It in the New Year. (My suspicions of Michael Grade were raised when he scheduled Doctor Who before Mr Savile's programme in 1985 - the ratings for Who were usually better when it was the other way around.)

Posted by: helflaed (helflaed)
Posted at: April 1st, 2007 09:15 am (UTC)

The modern version of Basil Brush is pretty good. It may lack some of the elements of the original (such as the story....) but it manages to be extremely silly and childish without being infantile.