Thursday, June 15, 2006

(Slightly controversial) recommendation of the day

It's a commonly held belief that Frank Skinner and David Baddiel have never really been any good ever since they did a 'Morecambe & Wise' and left the comforting bosom of the BBC for ITV ten years ago. With their TV partnership now apparently behind them, they've instead been commissioned by The Times to do a series of (hnngh) podcasts on the World Cup, and in my humble opinion, it's a welcome return to form.

As Skinner himself notes in Tuesday's edition, the audio-only format means less of a reliance on tired visual gags such as lookalikes and comedy hairstyles that bogged down the latter series of Fantasy Football; and there's remarkably little filler material considering they're producing a 40 minute show three times a week. There is a nagging thought that Baker and Kelly should have been given this gig instead, but this is so much better than ITV4's excruciating World Cuppa show that I heartily recommend it.


Blogger paul said...

I've been loving the podcast - Baddiel's songs have made me chuckle, as has the revelation that everytime a commentator said "Papin" Frank Skinner would say "Did you order a car" - makes me feel better about saying "no, she went of her own accord" everytime anyone mentioned Jamaica...

1:20 am, June 15, 2006

Blogger skif said...

I've checked it out based on this recommendation, and the bit where they suggest people might confuse James Garner with the country Ghana when phoning one or the other did have me struggling to contain myself here at work.

I should probably stick to music programmes.

11:45 am, June 15, 2006


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