Televised phone voting contests are just a natural part of the British viewing landscape now. But 20 years ago, the Eurovision Song Contest excluded, they weren't. That was, however, until the very channel who's been the home of so many of them, launched a brand new annual music show. Created and devised by the same … Continue reading #BlastfromthePast: The Record of the Year
I write this special #BlastfromthePast blog about possibly one of my favourite TV shows as a kid on two notes this week. Firstly, on the note of sadness, due to the news that it's much loved central host passed away at the age of 76 this week. But also on a note of trepidation, largely … Continue reading #BlastfromthePast: Rainbow
Welcome to a suitably spooky DeLorean ride for Halloween on this week's #BlastfromthePast. This week, we hop on our broomsticks to 1986, when the then 11 year old Fairuza Balk (Return to Oz, The Craft) took up the role of one of Britain's best loved witches. Originally airing on ITV in October of that year, The … Continue reading #BlastfromthePast: The Worst Witch (1986)
'The X Factor', it's fair to say, is a show with which I've had a notoriously on again-off again love affair. Much like Ross and Rachel, only without the girl from the copy place which yesterday, I took full responsibility for (and I make no apologies to anyone who doesn't get that reference). At the … Continue reading #CrazyStupidTV: The X Factor (ITV)
I did something pretty exciting over the Bank Holiday last weekend, as the week before, I got wind of the fact that Olly Murs was pre-recording his appearance as a guest - interview only - on The Paul O'Grady Show (below, credit to his Facebook for the picture) for ITV that aired last Wednesday afternoon. … Continue reading A beginner’s guide to appearing in a live TV audience, as written by me.