The tube

The return of Telly Addict. Can it really have been a whole week since the first “soft launch” broadcast pilot went live under my new roof at UKTV’s YouTube site? I have yet to wean myself off the “refresh” key, as it’s a new toy to me. There was no way of monitoring views on the Guardian website, but YouTube make it too easy to fixate and tap. We’re also under a whole new dictatorship of stats, so when I ask if you wouldn’t mind awfully clicking on “like” and “subscribe”, be gentle with me. I’m new here. It’s fortuitous that Celebrity Masterchef gets a nod this week. Regular viewers will know that I have no defences against this brand and have even succumbed to Masterchef The Professionals, thus swelling my portfolio. It’s a tired old dig to remark that you have not heard of some of the “celebrities” on Celebrity-prefixed formats, but having been on Celebrity Mastermind myself (I came second), I can hardly mither. Not knowing who this young gentleman was is my failing, not his.

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He’s Marcus Butler, 24, and he has over 4.5 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, despite not enunciating his words very well. He seems nice enough. hey, I am over the moon to have had 817 views of the first Telly Addict. But give me time. (Oh, I watched the first of Marcus’s clips, and it seemed to be about him saying that men should be more empathic of women, and then trying to put on a pair of tights as if to prove what a hard life women have. It was pretty thin stuff.) I am not in competition with Marcus Butler. I’m not in competition with anybody. I review three or four programmes that I watched last week, which this week also includes: the series finale of Penny Dreadful (Sky Atlantic), the series finale of The Good Wife (More4), and, to please my UKTV overlords, the new series of format-of-formats Taskmaster (Dave), which I raved about on Telly Addict long before UKTV came to my rescue. Also, a tip of the hat to The Secret Life of a Bus Garage (ITV), which is on ITV Hub here. It’s a heart-warming, pre-Brexit vision of a functioning South West London multicultural utopia, in a place of work where 50 languages are spoken. I hope everybody we see on the show still has a job and has not started getting sly abuse from emboldened thickos.

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7 thoughts on “The tube

  1. Taskmaster is one of the highlights of my week now – a show I make sure to watch “live”. Such a glorious blend of absurdity and genuine competition – with nothing and everything at stake.
    And yes, the filming and editing is a marvel; there’s proper story-telling going on at times, and the occasional surrealism is allowed to flourish.

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  2. I expect that you’ve heard of Brain Dead, the series by the same authors of the Good Wife. Have seen the first episode and it looks quite promising.

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  3. Hi Andrew, enjoying the new/ reanimated Telly Addict and glad to see you’ve not changed too much. In the past I remember you reviewed Thirteen from BBC3 but that was also shown weekly on the terrestrial channels. Are you going to review any online only stuff? If so, I highly recommend Reggie Yates’s new documentary about spending a week in a US jail, ‘The Insider’. It really is excellent, and is perhaps the best I’ve seen of his increasingly interesting set of documentaries.

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