With its bootstrap feminism (Towie girls are fond of referring to themselves as Strong Women, though only Gemma Collins looks like she could actually do damage), there is an air around these Essex kids of having known what was going on all along, even when derided as ‘sluts’, mocked as wide-boys and dismissed as chavs. … [Read more...] about Wowie, I love 10 years of TOWIE: It’s spawned its own language, made tans trendy and millionaires of working-class women – snobs may sneer, but JULIE BURCHILL is unabashed in celebrating the show’s anniversary
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Mel was drafted in as a one-off to fill in during Emma's absence. She has been a presenter for Channel 4's The Big Breakfast and had a lengthy stint presenting a daytime ITV show with Des O'Connor. Mel also presented her own show for Galaxy FM. She rose to fame for her "by 'eck, it's gorgeous" Boddington's beer ads. … [Read more...] about Sykes to join Carr’s Radio 2 show
The apps are a bit dated in features, slow to navigate and lag behind competitors by some margin, but are improving fairly quickly, including recent updates to provide offline downloads, remember positions in shows and similar. There are no individual profiles and the recommendations are a bit poor, but you can browse through everything on the service in about 15 minutes so it’s not overwhelming. … [Read more...] about Best UK streaming and pay-TV services 2020: Sky, Virgin, Netflix and Amazon Prime compared and ranked
Dane Baptiste: Citizen Dane Already, Dane Baptiste is equipped with the quiet confidence you only get from knowing you’ve got gags to reduce any audience to hysterics. A south Londoner, he has spent his life at the sharp end, dealing with the expectations of society and the negative attitudes of his peers, as well as battling for attention from his family with his alternately beloved and despised twin sister. The result is a set rich in social awareness, powered by a sense of what it means to be a young black guy in Cameron’s Britain. But Baptiste never seems like he’s polemicising, still less that he’s pandering to the expectations of a mostly white audience. Rather, everything is at the service of his excellent punchlines. He’s got a remarkable hit rate and a commitment to his craft more in keeping with the new breed of US stand-ups than his fellow Brits. … [Read more...] about Edinburgh comedy special
It’s just a request for comedy to oppose rather than bend the knee to the toadying tone of culture right now. A simple appeal for a comedy, an intervention or a satirical voice to call out the obsequiousness of our current moment, lay bare the anachronistic daftness of monarchy, and dismember its cheerleaders’ arguments piece (it’s good for tourism) by unconvincing piece (who’d want a president?). I suspect that activity won’t involve jokes about the Queen’s sex life. But even if it did, if we’d discovered a satirical republican mode with any teeth whatsoever, then that would be the least of her supporters’ worries. … [Read more...] about Not heard the one about the Queen: why don’t comedians criticise the monarchy?