| 2006 REVIEW - Part Two : Television
|Not a bad year for telly at all.
I am doing a DOCTOR WHO top ten by itself so you can take it as a given that it was my fav show and have pulled it from this end of year review. I have split the shows into two categories - 'proper' and 'not really proper'. The first category is for shows that aren't reality based and can stand alone whereas the second category is for reality, quizes, etc. Enjoy!
"NOT PROPER" TV TOP TEN
10. DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL
Sometimes really good and insightful, sometimes rather bland and 'cut & paste'y. Still, it's about my fav show so that's why it is here.
9. NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS
The addition of SIMON AMSTELL was inspired - never really liked the show before but he was pretty good. The AMY WINEHOUSE spitting incident was a highlight of the year!
8. BIG BROTHER
I said enough on this show during the year in this very blog. It was great for the first ten weeks then got a bit poo but sometimes unmissable for 'early' Nikki tantrums. Oh yeah, where is Shabaz now?
7. DEAL OR NO DEAL
Even though it's over a year old, it still manages to remain highly watchable and pretty fun too. Although we could do without all the personal soap operas from the contestants.
6. CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER
For three weeks in January the nation talked about little else, it really propelled BB into the nation's pysche. George Galloway was immense and as for Chantelle, well, she was living the dream.
5. HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU?
Still on, still brilliant. Paul Merton makes this show but occasionally the guest host makes it too - namely Boris Johnson.
4. THE APPRENTICE
The UK version is just as good as the US (frequently better) and this year's was even better than last year's. highlight? "The A-Team", nuff said.
Quite good? Too right. This show is really hitting its stride now. Messers Fry and Davies are a great, if unlikely, double act. The only downside is the frequently poor guests - Jo Brand, Rich Hall et al.
2. BIG BROTHER'S BIG MOUTH
Again, another show that took a while to get going but fast became better than the show it piggybacked on. Russell Brand made this and has not done anything better. I missed a few of the normal BB shows but always set the video for this. Unmissable, dinkle, ball bags, etc
1. HARRY HILL'S TV BURP
This give's WHO a run for its money in 'best TV' stakes. Why this isn't on all year round I do not know. Along with WHO this is one show I made sure I was in to see - don't trust the VCR! Rightly, he won a couple of comedy gongs for this show last week - c'mon, lets make him do it all year!
"PROPER" TV TOP TEN
10. MY NAME IS EARL
Funny but not hilarious, Jason Lee proves he's pretty funny.
This year we've had the second half of S2 and the first half of S3 and they've been the best bits so far, concentrating heavily on the island - quite right too.
Grim viewing but complusive and supremely acted. And it's all over, bah!
7. THAT MITCHELL & WEBB LOOK
One word - Numberwang!
6. STILL GAME
Although in its fifth season, still great, still funny - still game (boo that was lame!).
Occasionally brilliant (about twice so far) but usually enjoyable apart from one BAD episode. Life beyond WHO, we'll see.... Interestingly this was originally at number 9 but i bumped it up after the finale - outstanding!
Excruciating in parts (Robert Lindsay especially) but hilarious and genuinely engaging. More importantly, slightly better than the first season. And now its finished, bah!
3. CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
Excruciating in parts but hilarious and genuinely engaging. Hold on, I just typed that! Not as good as season four but still a great, great show.
2. THE IT CROWD
Nobody seemed to be into this but it got a second season and I cannot wait. Each episode has been watched many times by me and it got better on each viewing. Simple, almost old skool sitcom values. But sometimes a laugh is just a laugh. And yes I was having one, plenty too!
1. THE OFFICE
This is the only show that repeatedly made me stop the tape (in this case my Mac Video Player) and it is now better than the original UK version. The cast are tip top and Steve Carell shines as the boss. This is the new "Seinfeld" for sure.
That's it, more to come soon.
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Til the next time