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From Corrie and Family Guy to The Chase and Christopher Jefferies: What Our Man has been watching this week

soaps-eastenders-4973-06While I have been nursing my throbbing, swollen, pus filled tonsils back to health during my annual Winter blogging hiatus, I have characteristically managed to keep up with what I normally would have written about, had the lovely germs from Jack Frost allowed me to do so.

Rather than spam the site with a ridiculous amount of articles at once, therefore, I am taking the concise and genius steps of merging my thoughts together in one post so that it’s easier for those of you who tend to skip my articles (I know who you are!).

From glittery costumes  and a very pregnant and non drugged up Kylie on The Chase to Homer Simpson beating up Peter Griffin, my viewing pains and pleasures have been as varied as the voices Emmerdale’s Belle Dingle is currently hearing. So let’s press on folks…the quicker I start, the quicker this will be over for all of us.  Continue reading

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BBC Three: Still a magic number

With today’s announcement that licence payer funded channel BBC3 is for the axe, social media is divided about whether the cost cutting move is the right one. Whilst I’m all for brand new up and coming talent being denied opportunities so that Eastenders can have more car crashes, it has to be said that BBC3 has dished up some decent (and admittedly not so decent) material in the past.

Our Man In The North is donning his nostalgia hat and taking a reflective look back at some of the shows born of BBC3. Shows as globally popular as Little Britain, Gavin and Stacey, Torchwood and Anthea Turner’s Perfect Housewife (No? Just me then…) made their humble beginnings on the channel and, whilst Snog Marry Avoid suggests otherwiseBBC3 is undeserved of its reputation as a peddler of trash TV.

ImageFor every Don’t Tell The Bride (which incidentally gave me some GREAT ideas for my own wedding. Dressing the sisters in law as goblins was inspired) there was a fantastic documentary such as Tough Young Teachers, Tourettes: I Swear I can Sing, Young Soldiers and Growing Up With Downs. Far from being the inane programming BBC3 was famed for, the documentaries that were hidden amongst the schedules could be deep, moving, thought provoking and groundbreaking and, whilst a scroll down their documentary history presents other titles such as Eastenders Sweethearts: The Story of Sonia and Martin, Britain’s Worst Teeth and Table Dancing Diaries (in which paperback journals give some very erotic lap dances, I assume), there have been some true gems.   Continue reading


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Family Guy: 10 reasons to keep it on BBC

As the BBC plans cuts in its overseas imports, arialbold offers 10 reasons to keep Family Guy.

I’m tempted to say ”Stewie Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Stewie Griffin …” but that would be too easy.  Here’s my top 10 reasons.

1.    Stewie Griffin: an absurdist one-year old who speaks like a louche 35-year-old, is smarter than anyone in his home town of Quahog (bar Brian), dreams of world domination, a butch gay teddy bear Rupert and killing his mother, yet is simultaneously also a naive child – will this work as a character?  You betcha.

2.      Brian Griffin:  likewise, a talking dog with a drink problem, who has never got round to finishing his novel and lusts unrequitedly after Lois.  Treated both as a normal member of the family sitting down for coffee at breakfast, and yet against his better judgement barks at Hoovers and chases sticks. Plus a great singing voice. Which allows for number 3.

3.     Musical numbers:  when most shows flirt occasionally with musical numbers – I recall a great Scrubs episode where the whole thing was what Lloyd Webber would pretentiously call a singspiel – Family Guy uses these as a regular feature.  Highlight being a tap sequence with Gene Kelly, which acted as down-payment on a helicopter to get them to Denver.  (And set up the line after they crashed:  “think of the number we’ll have to do to get our deposit back”.)

4.      It’s not PC:  primarily embodied and enacted by Peter Griffin, this plays out jokes which make liberal sentiments turn flip-flops, simultaneously enjoying and being alienated by the humour.  “Is it OK to laugh at these jokes?”, you ask as you find yourself laughing at them.  There’s probably a good composite German word for this – “liberalenlachenschuld” or some such.

5.      It’s PC:  a regular show that features blacks, whites, asians, wheelchair users, mentally ill, old, young, vast range of sexual preferences,  etc.  Could you get more inclusive?   Happily it’s just a good excuse for being non-PC (see 4) Continue reading

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