May 2017

BABS: Little egg's 90 minute life

May 10, 2017 - 10:29
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Babs

By Andy Simon @AndySimon55

I didn't know much about Barbara Windsor until I started watching those classic Carry On films as a kid, as I grew up in what is now a very busy, noisy and much changed area of Kent.

I knew she had done Broadway but I had no idea for example Barbara could actually sing.

So Sunday night's biopic, "Babs", on BBC1 was in part a bit of an education as well as an intriguing insight into the life and times of this extraordinary talented woman.

The Story Of Miranda Hart

May 09, 2017 - 19:56
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Miranda Hart

By Matthew Gormley @MatthewPGormley

Miranda Hart is the undisputed Queen of Comedy. Her self-titled sitcom was one of the biggest comedies of the 21st century, regularly pulling in audiences of over 10 million. And it’s easy to see why: it was effortlessly joyous, laugh-out-loud funny and gave the impression that Miranda was born to make us chortle. However, she was far from an overnight success.

Tonight's TV tips: Mind The Age Gap, Long Lost Family & Second Chance Summer

May 09, 2017 - 10:59
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Mind The Age Gap

Long Lost Family: What Happened Next (ITV, 9pm) After six years of reuniting more than 200 estranged relatives, hosts Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell catch up with some of their success stories to see what happened when the cameras stopped rolling. After the joy of discovering each other, half siblings Cliff and Sue were devastated when their birth mother refused to meet them. But happy days for Ron and Christine as they learned there may be more brothers and sisters they never knew they had. Emotional stuff, pass the Kleenex.

Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Animals - India

May 06, 2017 - 16:30
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Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Animals – India

By Matthew Gormley @MatthewPGormley

Twenty years ago, when Paul O’Grady was dominating the comedy circuit as the blonde bombshell that was Lily Savage, you’d never have believed that one day he’d be travelling to sunnier climes presenting animal documentaries. His behind-the-scenes canine series For The Love Of Dogs, which sees him volunteering at Battersea Dogs Home, was a surprise hit when it launched back in 2012 and, five series and as many Christmas specials later, it’s one of televisions highest rated programmes.

Tonight's TV tips: Corrie, EastEnders and Versailles

May 05, 2017 - 16:16
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EastEnders' Denise and Kim

Coronation Street (ITV, 7.30 & 8.30pm) Another double helping of madness as life on the run grows ever more fraught for thrilling threesome Tracy, Amy and Rob. Partly, because schoolgirl Amy has no idea fugitive murderer Rob is with them. Meanwhile, deranged hairdresser Maria pretends to be Eva at Aidan’s whacky business lunch. No one knows why.

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Babushka is too slow and repetitive

May 02, 2017 - 18:58
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Rylan Clark Neal on his new game show Babushka

By Matthew Gormley @MatthewPGormley

Babushka is the latest in a long line of ITV’s teatime quiz show trials. Serves mainly to break up the monotony of The Chase for a few weeks, Babushka is, as you’ll probably gather, a game based around the Russian doll, a wooden figure which has several smaller versions of itself inside.

BABUSHKA: It's Bad-ushka!

May 01, 2017 - 19:55
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Rylan Clark Neal on his new game show Babushka

By Andy Simon @AndySimon55

As most of us are now aware, for reasons unknown, ITV's flagship tea-time quiz show, The Chase", has taken a well earned break.

Nothing wrong with that! Everyone deserves a break.

However I do think some among the viewing public react a bit too much to this temporary recess. For example; Twitter was awash with various negative comments and responses soon after the news was announced.

It's like Tescos when they announce they won't be opening Easter Sunday.

Ludicrous but fun, loonytunes Line Of Duty ends in madcap style

May 01, 2017 - 13:24
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Line Of Duty

Once again, loonytunes Line Of Duty showcased the incredible marksmanship that seems to be a baffling requirement for all TV anti-corruption detectives. No one knows why.

At the end of series three "calamity" Kate Fleming won the sniper of the year award by shooting a fleeing villain from a range of seven miles. Fast forward to the latest fabulously far-fetched finale and all hail Ted Hastings for gunning down one of the numerous balaclava men with pin point accuracy. Bullsey...e! He's not just a pretty face.

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