Comedian and TV presenter Dom Joly has been bemoaning the axing of BBC series Total Wipeout, saying, “Sure, it’s sadistic and makes us enjoy seeing people humiliated, in pain and in states of embarrassing undress. But if we don’t have that then what else is there?”
Speaking to the Sun’s TV Biz, Dom – who starred on a celebrity version of the show – added, “I believe they’ve wiped out Wipeout! It’s without doubt the nuttiest, stupidest, most pointless show on telly — and I LOVE it.
“How can you get rid of a show where contestants make total fools of themselves, hurling themselves over huge red balls and being punched in the face by walls of boxing gloves?
“This is the sort of show that telly was invented for!
“It has always been one of those shows that, once you had kids, you realised filled an important role in the list of shows that everybody could watch together without too much embarrassment.”
And of his own appearance on the show, Dom said, “I met my other contestants at Heathrow and they were a mixed bunch…
“We had Olympians, some reality TV veterans, some people I’d never heard of — and someone I was genuinely excited to meet — the fabulous Simon Day of The Fast Show fame.
“By the time we landed in Buenos Aires [where the show is filmed] Lady Sovereign, the effervescent punky rap child, had already been placed in virtual irons by the cabin crew for starting a food fight.”
However, Dom was on the casualty list of the show, and he reckons that his injury is the only reason he didn’t win.
He explained, “I was second in the qualifying round and had passed the infamous red balls when I took an unwise leap of faith that resulted in my breaking three metatarsals and having to be flown back to the UK.
“I still believe I’d have won the whole thing had I not been injured. My children are not so convinced.”
And finally, in an appeal to save the show, Dom said, “Save Total Wipeout: We must keep Hammond in embarassing clothes, Bryam in fake tan and, vitally, the great British public in the continual quest to cross the big red balls…”
It’s expected that the show will end after its current run.