Saturday, June 04, 2011

Week Twenty Four: I Don't Need No Cure

Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans has attacked the BBC's 'culture of compliance,' calling it 'a complete pain in the backside. The compliance department of the BBC is so extensive it's an unbelievable nightmare,' he told an audience at the Hay Literary Festival in Powys. 'Sometimes you come up with an idea and the compliance is so great that you just say, "let's not bother."' The BBC strengthened its compliance guidelines in 2008, after a series of rows over taste and decency. Compliance guidelines are in place to ensure all programmes undergo a consistent system of checks in order to retain high editorial standards, and 'avoid unnecessary offence.' Talking to Weakest Link host Anne Robinson, Evans said the new procedures had 'completely changed broadcasting.' The Ross-Brand row, he went on, had been 'an earthquake' that 'was waiting to happen somewhere - it just so happened on that particular show,' said the forty five-year-old. 'It was inevitable and it did not surprise me for a second.' According to the former Big Breakfast host, the row had an impact on his own career too, in that it delayed him taking over from Sir Terry Wogan as Radio 2's breakfast DJ. Wogan, he claimed, had wanted to relinquish his post earlier but agreed to stay on an extra year, obliging Evans to remain as drive time DJ for the same period. Jonathan Ross was suspended for twelve weeks without pay in 2008, after he and Brand left obscene messages on actor Andrew Sachs' answerphone which were broadcast on Brand's Radio 2 show. Brand resigned in the wake of the row, described by former BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons last year as a 'uniquely toxic combination of profanity, misogyny, bullying and black farce.' Stephen Fry and Chris Moyles are among other BBC regulars to have criticised new procedures put in place since the row. Last September, Fry told the Radio Times that BBC executives had 'cold feet' as a consequence and were shying away from taking creative risks.

HBO and BBC have reported greenlit a co-produced miniseries about the first World War entitled Parade's End. The drama, which is based on a series of four books by the novelist Ford Madox Ford, will star Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, according to Deadline. The scripts for the adaptation of Parade's End is written by the great Tom Stoppard and tells the story of a love triangle between an English aristocrat (Cumberbatch), his wife (Hall) and a young suffragette. Benny currently starring on Sherlock, also recently landed a role in The Hobbit opposite his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman. Meanwhile, Hall recently appeared with Ben Affleck in The Town. She has also played Christian Bale's wife in The Prestige.

Simon Cowell's company Syco is making 'good progress' in uncovering the identity of the person who made claims of an alleged two-year 'relationship' between the company and Britain's Got Talent finalist Ronan Parke. An anonymous Internet post - widely, but inaccurately, described as 'a blog' by various media outlets - suggested that twelve-year-old singer Parke had been known to the label for some time. However, Syco strongly denied the allegations in a statement yesterday. 'Syco/Sony Music will not hesitate to take whatever legal action is appropriate to prevent further publication of these unfounded allegations,' a spokesperson said. Lawyers and police are now dealing with the document as a case of malicious communication and libel, while the German equivalent of the FBI is also said to be involved in the investigation. Now, at this point, I would like to confirm, dear blog reader, that it wasn't me. And I don't know who it was. And, even if I did know, I wouldn't grass like a dirty, filthy, stinkin' Copper's Nark, so I wouldn't. Just so we're clear about this! 'There's good progress already,' a - nameless - 'insider' told the Digital Spy website concerning the search to discover the naughty individual created the original document. 'There's no way this person will get away with this - every specialist legal force is on it.' The 'source' allegedly added: 'If they think they can get away with posting, hiding and spreading lies and bullying, especially involving a twelve-year-old child, you are mistaken.' A Syco spokesperson added: 'We will take all measures to find whoever did this. The welfare of our contestants is paramount and we will not tolerate bullying of any kind.' What, you mean like threatening legal action over what is, basically, gossip? Is that the sort of crass, ignorant bullying you mean? It might well be a right load of old cock and bull malarkey - probably is, in fact - but is it really worth calling The Law in over it? And, what do you intend to do when you find the culprit? Give them a damned good chastisement for 'talking bollocks'? More money than sense, these people. And then Cowell wonders why it is that many people hate him and everything he stands for a general principle. Ronan's mother, Maggie, also dismissed the claims that he was auditioned by talent scouts who had spotted him performing at a birthday party for family friend Bryan Gunn, the former Norwich City goalkeeper. 'It's laughable, to be perfectly honest with you, and it couldn't be further from the truth,' she told BBC Radio Norfolk. 'There's no foundation in it whatsoever.' We believe you, love. And, at least you haven't crassly and massively over-reacted by heading down the local cop-shop demanding that something be done about it.

House creator David Shore has admitted that he is 'really disappointed' by Lisa Edelstein's departure from the show. It was announced last month that the actress will not reprise her role of Lisa Cuddy in the medical drama's upcoming eighth season. Speaking to reporters at a recent WGF charity event, Shore said: 'I am still reeling from it, but we just started meeting a few days ago to map out the first half of the next season, and we are having some very frank discussions about what we are going to do.' The showrunner also revealed that he would have altered the show's recent season finale if he had known of Edelstein's decision. 'I don't know how exactly [and] I don't what [else] it would have been,' he said. 'It probably would have involved more closure on the [Cuddy] character.' Shore confirmed that he is hoping to bring Edelstein back 'for an episode or two' to wrap up her character's storyline, but added that the House writers 'have to plan for her not coming back. It might be interesting to get her in to wrap up Cuddy,' he speculated. '[It] probably would make fans happy, but we have to plan unfortunately on her not coming back, because there's no indication that she would at this point.' He went on to say that a number of options are being considered with regards to Cuddy's replacement on the show. 'It depends on how things unfold,' he said. 'There may well be more than one [replacement].'

And so to this latest batch of yer actual Top Telly Tips:

Friday 10 June
If you like to watch stand-up comedy delivered at close quarters in a smoky nightclub, Channel Four's Comedy Gala - 9:00 Channel Four - is probably not for you. It's the behemoth of comedy occasions, a gathering of 20 or so top comics in front of a vast audience at the O2 arena. The event happened a couple of weeks ago and the consensus was that Sean Lock took the honours with his routine, including a topical line about the real cause of the ash cloud being Ryan Giggs burning newspapers. Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans and Sarah Millican add to the fun.

Without the long-running story arc about Patrick Jane's pursuit of the serial killer Red John, The Mentalist - 9:00 - Channel Five - would probably be a somewhat lightweight procedural crime drama about a smirking pseudocop who drinks a lot of tea and reads people like books. A bit like Derren Brown but with a badge and without the humour. But it isn't, because always in the background is the fact that Red John murdered Jane's wife and child, which adds much darker elements, explains Jane's tendency towards callousness and allows Simon Baker to showcase the steelier side to his acting. Up until now Red John has always been a hidden figure, but tonight, in the second part of the current season finale, Jane is finally closing in on him. First he must unmask the mole within CBI, who could be one of five people: 'Don't worry, I have a brilliant plan,' he notes. Long-term fans should prepare for a shocking, game-changing climax over a cup of nice milky cocoa.

Paul Merton fans - and there are many of us - have enjoyed a ninety-minute fix for these past three Fridays, switching over from Have I Got News For You to Paul's extraordinary exposé of the dawn of Tinseltown Paul Merton's Birth of Hollywood - 9:30 BBC2. Sadly, this is the final part. Cinema was a sophisticated art form by the 1920s but, Paul argues, 'almost overnight, films became awful.' Hysterically creaky clips show how the advent of sound brought a fluid, visual medium virtually to a standstill. Focusing on Irving Thalberg, the producer who eased Hollywood - and especially MGM - through this transition period, Merton approaches his specialist subject with the zeal of a movie geek. One which is wholly infectious. Can we have second series on the 1930s, please?

Saturday 11 June
Camelot - 9:00 Channel Four - is a new US historical series. When King Uther Pendragon dies, the wizard Merlin searches for the man he believes to be the rightful heir to Camelot. He faces a challenge from the monarch's daughter Morgan, who plots with her new ally King Lot to usurp the throne. Feature-length episode of the fantasy adventure, starring Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Eva Green and James Purefoy. Just take it from me, Merlin is better!

At last, a Qi episode some of us have been waiting a long time to see. It's the Qi XL edition Green - 9:45 BBC2 - the shorter version of which was shown some eighteen months ago. Stephen Fry presents, of course, the quiz with a difference and is joined by three classic raconteurs, Jezza Clarkson, Bill Bailey, Danny Baker along with regular panellist Alan Davies. The guests answer green-themed questions and points are awarded for those the host finds most interesting, not necessarily for those that are actually correct. Watch out for Danny's story about the time he interviewed Anthony Newley who told him a witty story about when he won the Oscar for the song 'Goldfinger'. It begins with the line: 'When you win an Oscar, Dan - and you will ...!'

Sunday 12 June
Top Gear presenter James May had a quite unexpected cult hit on his hands in 2009 with his series Toy Stories with seems to strike a chord with fortysomething chaps everywhere. The Scalextric™ and Lego™ episodes, in particular, being both heartwarming examples of how a smidgen of sheer enthusiasm and drive to create a bit of community spirit can overcome modern cynicism. Well, it's back. James May's Toy Stories: The Great Train Race - 8:00 BBC2 - sees James and a gang of volunteers try to construct a functioning ten-mile-long model railway between the Devon towns of Barnstaple and Bideford. His previous attempt to complete the challenge during the first series ended in failure after number of equipment problems and some vandalism, but James refuses to accept defeat - and even challenges the German owners of the world's largest toy railway museum to a race along the route.

Coast - 9:00 BBC2 - is in Devon and Cornwall this week. Lovely part of the world. Nick Crane joins a fishing expedition on board one of the last remaining Brixham trawlers, which were constructed more than one hundred years ago. He explores a string of forts built by Henry VIII, before taking a ferry to the Isles of Scilly, where the deadly killer Miranda Krestovnikoff goes snorkelling to explore the underwater seagrass meadows. Mark Horton recalls how Lawrence of Arabia helped develop rescue boats in Plymouth, Celebrity MasterChef runner-up Dick Strawbridge learns about the steam-power revolution pioneered in the tin mines of Cornwall, and the Goddess of punk archaeology Doctor Alice Roberts discovers how weather far out at sea generates waves that hit the UK's shoreline. And where is Neil Oliver (and his lovely hair) you may well aswk? Good question. We'll have to watch to find out.

Scott & Bailey - 9:00 ITV - got off to a very good start a couple of weeks ago and seems to be developing into a proper decent little drama. In the latest episode Rachel (the divine Suranne Jones) discovers her ex-partner (a wonderfully slimy performance by Sherlock's Rupert Graves) is the defending barrister for Georgios Stelikos, a man on trial for rape and murder, and she is horrified when the accused escapes conviction. When Stelikos is later found dead, the prime suspect is Hannah Conway, who made public death threats against him after giving evidence for the prosecution in court. Meanwhile, Janet (Lesley Sharp) tries to support her colleague following devastating news.

Monday 13 June
Kill It, Cut It, Use It - 9:00 BBC3 - is a new series in which the thinking man's crumpet for the current generation, Julia Bradbury, explores the processes involved in turning parts of animals not suitable for human consumption into everyday products. She begins by finding out how the inedible elements of a cow can be used for luxury car seat covers, tennis rackets, fashionable fastenings and posh plates.

Once again, it's all documentaries tonight. The Walton Sextuplets: Moving On - 9:00 ITV - is a film profiling the world's first surviving all-female sextuplets, who were born in 1983 to parents Janet and Graham Walton, exploring the close bond that exists between them. The girls, whose lives were documented on film until they reached the age of eighteen, are seen watching old footage of themselves and discussing the memories it evokes. Part of the Extraordinary Families season.

The latest episode of the award-winning Dispatches is The Thief Catchers - 8:00 Channel Four - a documentary following three persistent criminals as they take part in an offender management programme in Bristol. The scheme offers support in the form of drug services, accommodation and access to employment, hoping to reduce the harm the trio could cause to themselves and society and keeping them out of prison.

Tuesday 14 June
The grim and gritty Luther - 9:00 BBC1 - got something of a following last year on BBC1 and it's back for a new, second, series tonight. In the opening episode, a grieving Luther returns to work in the wake of his ex-wife's murder, and immediately finds himself plunged into a nightmarish case. A killer wearing a Mister Punch mask has started to stalk the streets, and as the body count rises, it becomes clear he is determined to enter folklore. That's the way to do it, they reckon. However, the detective's attentions are divided as he also tries to rescue an old friend's daughter from the dangerous world of prostitution. Occasionally brilliant and always beautifully shot crime thriller, starring Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson.

Baby Hospital - 9:00 ITV - is a new series which goes behind the scenes of the neonatal unit at Liverpool Women's Hospital, where thousands of sick and premature babies are cared for each year using the latest scientific knowledge and technology. The first episode follows the stories of three births that have gone wrong, leaving the infants suffering from a lack of oxygen. Narrated by Sue Johnston. As with The Walton Sextuplets earlier in the week, part of ITV's Extraordinary Families season.

If you're suffering from withdrawal symptoms after the conclusion of Britain's Got Talent and can't stand the bone-chilling shivers of Cold Turkey, then you might be drawn to America's Got Talent - 9:00 ITV2. The search for the most gifted exhibitionists sorry performers in the USA returns, with judges Howie Mandel, the vile and odious Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne casting a critical eye over another selection of hopefuls at the first round of the auditions. Presented by Nick Cannon.

Wednesday 15 June
In Apples: British to the Core - 9:00 BBC4 - Garden designer Chris Beardshaw finds out how Britain has helped shape the apple. He visits the original Bramley apple tree, discovers what drove Victorian horticulturists to create so many varieties and learns about the work of scientists who have unlocked the fruit's deepest secrets and helped make it a mass-market success.

Wonderland: The Kids Who Play with Fire - 9:00 BBC2 - is a documentary following three children who have a history of arson. Ten-year-old Liam sleeps on a charred mattress, Ryan is brazenly fascinated by flames, and fourteen-year-old Hulya has repeatedly set her bedroom alight. Fire service counsellors, determined to put a stop to their pyromaniac behaviour, try to understand the anger and frustration that provokes them.

Made in 2008, and shown in the US a year later but held back by ITV till tonight, the latest Agatha Christie's Marple adaptation - 8:00 - is Why Didn't They Ask Evans? Yes, I know that wasn't a Miss Marple novel, don't blame me, I didn't produce it. Nevertheless, it is one of Christie's best known and most interesting novels so it's probably worth the effort of retooling it for Julia McKenzie and co. As the sole witness to a dying man's last words, Bobby Attfield is determined to solve the riddle that they present, and forms an unlikely alliance with socialite Frankie Derwent and visiting family friend Jane Marple to help him on his quest. A trail of clues leads them to Castle Savage, where they uncover a hotbed of stifled emotion, treachery and deceit among its strange inhabitants. Murder mystery, with a fabulous supporting cast that includes Sean Biggerstaff, Samantha Bond, Richard Briers, Rafe Spall, Warren Clarke, Rik Mayall, Mark Williams, Georgia Moffett and Helen Lederer.

Thursday 16 June
In the latest episode of Coronation Street - 8:30 ITV - Steve double-crosses Tracy by giving her the day off before interviewing candidates for the bar manager's job. He is thrilled when he meets attractive fortysomething Stella (former EastEnders' actress Michelle Collins joins the cast). Tina, meanwhile, tries to forget about Graeme by going on a date with Tommy, while Sean and Marcus struggle to look after Dylan, and Izzy shocks Gary.

It's the final episode of Hugo Blick's The Shadow Line - 9:00 BBC2 - which, as I pretty much expected when it began, has been - in places - utterly gripping, superbly acted, at times a bit hard work but, if you've stuck with it so far, ultimately worthwhile. As we head towards a shattering climax, Joseph Bede tries to complete his final drug deal with Babur and Ratallack as Julie's mental condition rapidly deteriorates. Gabriel tracks down Penney and learns the truth about Counterpoint, before being drawn into a confrontation with Gatehouse. Conspiracy thriller, starring Christopher Eccleston, Rafe Spall, Lesley Sharp, Antony Sher, Stephen Rea and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

And, finally for the week, the best comedy on TV at the moment, Ideal - 10:30 BBC3. In the latest episode of Graham Duff's surrealist comedy of the absurd, Tilly arranges for Moz to have an exhibition of his works in the - patently false - belief that he is an avant garde artistic genius. Meanwhile Jess and Cartoon Head find themselves out of their depth after experimenting with ketamine. Comedy, starring Johnny Vegas and Janeane Garofalo.

To the news, now: Ofcom has today put forward proposals to ensure digital TV signals received through a roof top aerial are not affected by interference from new 4G mobile services. The media regulator will next year run an auction of the eight hundred MHz spectrum towards the aim of enabling the UK's mobile operators to launch next-generation mobile networks. Ofcom says that the eight hundred MHz spectrum is essential to meet the massive increase in mobile traffic, fuelled by the growth of smartphones and mobile broadband. It is hoped that the first 4G services will reach roll out phase by 2013, including superfast mobile broadband supporting download speeds of up to one hundred Mbps. However, the eight hundred MHz spectrum is adjacent to the frequencies used for digital terrestrial television broadcasting, meaning that in a 'small number of cases' 4G mobile signals could interfere with set top boxes and digital televisions. After the digital switchover reaches completion next year, the majority of the UK will be able to receive DTT signals. More than ten million homes already receive the Freeview DTT service. Ofcom estimates that the 4G interference could potentially affect up to three per cent of DTT viewers if no measures were put in place to address the problem. The regulator has today proposed offering affected households a filter that would equip to their TV aerials and block the mobile signals that interfere with TV reception. Under the scheme, the government would provide information and assistance to consumers requiring the aerial, with the costs covered by proceeds from the auction of eight hundred MHz licensees. Ofcom said that in a 'very small number of cases' - believed to be less than 0.1 per cent of DTT viewers - filters would not solve the problem of interference. A number of proposals are being considered to help these viewers, but Ofcom believes that they may ultimately have to switch to other digital TV platforms, such as Sky's satellite service or Virgin Media's cable television platform. However, it is not as yet clear how the consumer cost of the platform-switching proposal would be covered.

Jane Lynch, the actress who picked up a Primetime Emmy playing cheer-leading coach Sue Sylvester in Glee last year - will host the 2011 awards. Lynch said she was 'tickled pink' to be fronting the live Los Angeles ceremony on 18 September. 'I'm looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit,' she said in a statement. Nominations for the sixty third Emmys will be announced on 14 July. Last year's awards were hosted by Jimmy Fallon. Awards show executive producer Mark Burnett hailed the 'incredible comedic timing' of 'a charismatic, talented actress whose energy leaps off the screen and stage. Jane was my first and only choice as the host for this year's Primetime Emmys,' he added. Last year, Lynch won outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, for her role as a coach bent on the destruction of show choir New Directions at William McKinley High School.

Christina Ricci has admitted that the costumes on Pan Am were 'painful.' The period drama, which was picked up by ABC last month, focuses on the pilots and stewards working for the famous airline in the 1960s. Ricci has now explained that the corsets and girdles she had to wear could be a problem, The Hollywood Reporter says. 'That was painful,' she admitted. 'Someone has to help you because I can't get this back together fast enough to run back to set.' However, Ricci revealed that she enjoyed playing a Pan Am steward as they had more freedom than other women at the time. She explained: 'In this male-dominated world, in that famously openly chauvinistic culture, these women were really taking the reins and running their lives in a way most women didn't.'

The Only Way Is Essex cast are reportedly in yet another pay row with ITV2. Mark Wright, James Argent, Amy Childs and Sam Faiers currently make the majority of their money through personal appearances and fashion and magazine deals, according to the Daily Lies. The BAFTA-winning scripted reality TV collective apparently now believe that they deserve to be paid similar wages to soap actor for their time. However, the tabloid claims that producers and 'the show's bosses' have 'snubbed' their 'requests,' warning the 'talen't that they could easily be replaced. 'The stars feel they deserve more than fifty pounds a day for their efforts. It's quite a measly amount,' a 'source' allegedly said. 'But it seems their demands have fallen on deaf ears. They were even told: "All of you can be replaced."'

Confectionery brand Cadbury has apologised to Naomi Campbell after complaints that an advert comparing the supermodel to one of its chocolate bars was racist. Last weekend, Campbell threatened to sue Cadbury over an advertising campaign for the Bliss range of Dairy Milk chocolate bars, which featured the strapline: 'Move over Naomi, there's a new diva in town.' Despite Cadbury intending the advert to be a tongue-in-cheek play on Campbell's reputation for diva-style behaviour, the forty one-year-old model described it as 'insulting and hurtful.' She added: 'It's upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me, but for all black women and black people. I do not find any humour in this.' Campaign group Operation Black Vote also hit out at the advert and called for people to boycott Cadbury's products. Simon Wooley, of the OBV, said: '[The] only recourse black people have is not to buy its chocolate. Racism in the playground starts with black children being called "chocolate bar." The advert was created for Cadbury by the Fallon agency, which also produced the acclaimed drumming gorilla television campaign for Dairy Milk. The confectionery giant, now part of the Kraft empire, pulled the advert soon after the controversy broke. In a statement published on its website, the company said: 'Cadbury takes its responsibility to consumers very seriously indeed and we would never deliberately produce any marketing material we felt might cause offence to any section of society. It was not our intention that this campaign should offend Naomi, her family or anybody else and we are sincerely sorry that it has done so. We can confirm that the advertisement is no longer in circulation and we will not be using it in future marketing for Cadbury Dairy Milk Bliss. We have been in discussions with Naomi's solicitors and can confirm that they have accepted our apology on her behalf as a conclusion to this issue.' Campbell said that she was 'pleased' that Cadbury had apologised for the advert, and noted that the case highlighted the need for 'greater diversity' at board and senior management level of most major corporations. UK regulator the Advertising Standards Authority has so far received four complaints about the campaign, and is examining whether an investigation needs to be launched into potential breaches of the advertising code.

Actress Miriam Karlin, best known for her role as shop steward Paddy in TV sitcom The Rag Trade, has died in London aged eighty five. The actress, who became an OBE in 1975, had cancer and died in hospital. Born Miriam Samuels in 1925, Karlin was one of Malcolm McDowell's victims in A Clockwork Orange and also had roles in The Entertainer and Room at the Top. She had been a patron of Dignity in Dying, a body which campaigns for a change to the laws on assisted dying. Raised an orthodox Jew in London, Karlin was a staunch political activist and an active member of actors' union Equity. The Hampstead-born actress - who lost some family members in Auschwitz - trained at RADA and performed for troops with the Entertainments National Service Association. Her stage work included engagements with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She also became the first woman to play the traditionally male lead in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker. The actress frequently played formidable Jewish matriarchs, among them Golde in the original West End production of Fiddler on the Roof. She was also in the original 1959 stage production of Lionel Bart's Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be with Barbara Windsor, singing the show's memorably risque title number. She made her film debut in 1952's Down Among the Z Men with the Goons, as well as featuring in Heavens Above!, Ladies Who Do and Mahler by Ken Russell. Karlin appeared as Paddy - known for calling 'Everybody out!' at regular intervals - in the original 1960s version of The Rag Trade. (And, not Polly as the BBC's obituary has it. Thanks to Ian Potter for pointing that one out!) She would later reprise her role when the show was revived by ITV in the 1970s. It was her startling demise in A Clockwork Orange, though, for which many will remember her best. As the so-called Cat Lady, she was beaten to death with a phallic-looking sculpture in Stanley Kubrick's controversial adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel. West End theatre producer David Pugh was a friend of Karlin's and remembered her as 'a wonderful woman.' Equity spokesman Martin Brown has also paid tribute, remembering her in The Stage as 'an absolutely indefatigable campaigner and a marvellous friend.' In a statement, Lord and Baroness Kinnock said the actress had been 'superbly talented in roles of every kind. Mim was easy to love, an infectious friend, a true comrade and a sparkling spirit.' Karlin, who never married, lived in South London. She was a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association and a patron of the Burma Campaign UK, the London-based group campaigning for human rights and democracy in Burma.

A chef has designed the world's most expensive kebab, worth seven hundred and fifty pounds. Named 'The King of Kebabs', it contains champagne-infused mint and cucumber yoghurt, edible gold leaf garnish and milk-fed lamb from the Pyrenees. The kebab also includes Coeur de Boeuf tomatoes, barrel-aged feta cheese and a cress and lettuce salad, while the world's most costly chilli was used to make the chilli sauce. All of this is wrapped in saffron-infused flatbread. The dish was prepared to celebrate the launch of The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network channel in the UK. The American reality series sees several food trucks competing against each other in a bid to make as much money as they can from food they cook and sell. Andy Bates, the chef behind the kebab, said: 'It took a fair bit of time to source the best possible ingredients to ensure that this kebab was the most exclusive one out there, but I loved every minute.' The King of Kebabs is not available for the general public to buy. Too good for the likes of us scum, seemingly dear blog reader.

For today's Keith Telly Topping's 45 of the Day we present what is, surely, Ruby Flipper's finest three minutes, courtesy of the late Flick Colby and, of course, Diana Ross.

1 comment:

Graeme said...

In fairness, the 'bullying' being alleged is taken from the position that it's a smear campaign against a 12 year old boy.

And with that in mind, the fact the statement goes on and on about how Ronan is effeminate and 'gayed up' himself (or was 'gayed up' by Syco as the anonymous statement alleges) sure seems like bullying to me as well.

I don't doubt for a second Britain's Got Talent is carefully choreographed and manipulated (and I still watch it anyway because it's entertaining). But I don't believe what's being alleged, and I think it's a pretty malicious thing to do when you realize it's about a 12 year-old contestant.