Over the past few years ITV have brought us a number of documentaries that have gone behind the bars of some of the country’s most notorious prisons. They continue that theme tonight with another programme that attempts to debunk the myths behind one of Britain’s most famous institutions; Broadmoor. But, as Olivia Lichtenstein’s film often points out, Broadmoor isn’t a prison but rather an NHS hospital that houses some of the UK’s most violent criminals. Getting behind the gates of Broadmoor hasn’t been an easy feat and, as we’re told early on, it’s taken five years of negotiation to get the hospital on side. But I was personally disappointed in what the programme had to offer primarily as it was incredibly fragmented and didn’t flow in the way a lot of the channel’s prison documentaries have done.
Today was a very sad day indeed as the family of one of this country’s national treasures, Lynda Bellingham, laid her to rest.
Lynda Bellingham, famed for her long-running stint as head of the Oxo family as well as many theatre and TV appearances over years including her regular contribution to the ITV chat show Loose Women, lost her battle with bowel cancer last month, just weeks after announcing that her condition was terminal. Read more & comment »
Alongside One Born Every Minute and the Educating series; 24 Hours in A&E has been an integral part of Channel 4’s observational documentary output. Over the last three years, we’ve seen hundreds of patients being treated by the staff of King’s College Hospital as we heard a number of inspirational stories of love and loss. Whilst I always thought that 24 Hours in A&E was one of the best factual programmes on TV I felt that the series became slightly watered down as the production team failed to find compelling enough stories to lead the episodes. So I wasn’t surprised when it was announced that the seventh series of the documentary would be moving to St. George’s in Tooting; as a new hospital allows to get to know a whole new lot of staff members and learn their stories.
The way teams win a task on The Apprentice is often pretty straightforward as it usually comes to down to how much money they have made or how many orders they’ve taken for a certain product. However, very occasionally, the method of winning is a lot vaguer and I found that to be the case in tonight’s task. The winners of the task in question, in which the teams had to create a YouTube channel and upload content to it, would be decided by how many views they’d amassed in forty-eight hours. However, I don’t particularly feel that success can be attributed by members of the general public watching a random video as they wile away their day and this meant that either team had just a much of a chance of winning regardless of what they produced.
When news broke last week that brave Loose Women star Lynda Bellingham had lost her battle with bowel cancer, fans around the UK were utterly heartbroken.
What made it even sadder was the fact that Lynda had said so publicly in the weeks before her death that she was desperate to see in one last Christmas with her family and friends. Read more & comment »
Last night saw former EastEnders and Gavin & Stacey star, Larry Lab, in a very different environment than he is used to as he presented the Channel 5 documentary Rome: The World’s First Superpower.
The actor, whose EastEnders character Archie Mitchell was murdered by show favourite Stacy Branning (Lacey Turner) after it was revealed that he had raped her, took a trip to the sewers below the Italian Capital city Rome to experience first-hand what life would have been like for the Romans. Read more & comment »
Lord Sugar has always maintained that the motivation behind the tasks he sets on The Apprentice is to judge how his potential business partners will cope in a number of different situations. Whilst I understand the importance of seeing how well they can sell, buy and create products; I’m not sure how having them make candles really helps his Lordship in determining their suitability. I had this thought whilst watching Lindsay, Sanjay, Nurun and Solomon painstakingly creating their team’s candles and I wondered why Lord Sugar couldn’t lay on a number of experts to do the manual labour for them. It later appeared as if creating the candles was actually detrimental to the candidates’ survival in the competition as a few of them were accused of hiding out in the laboratory.
Following the news this morning that Loose Women star Lynda Bellingham lost her battle with terminal bowel cancer yesterday, today’s episode of the hit ITV chat show was always going to be an emotional one.
As expected news of Lynda’s passing took centre stage, with her co-stars all paying tribute to the star, as well as featuring an emotional message from Lynda’s life-long friend, Christopher Biggins. Read more & comment »
In light of the sad news this morning that Loose Women star Lynda Bellingham has lost her fight with terminal colon cancer, it has been revealed that she has filmed one last episode of Loose Women, due to air on Wednesday.
The Sunday People reported that Bellingham, who was first introduced to us in the 80’s as the mum of the famous Oxo family, received a standing ovation from the audience as she took her place on the panel to film this Wednesday’s lunchtime episode of the hit ITV chat show. Read more & comment »
What I like about The Apprentice is the way in which characters who were initially portrayed as the programme’s strongest fade into the background as the series progresses. The best example of this has to be Steven who was initially presented as a hot-headed irritant who was set to cause chaos for his teammates. But, to my surprise, Steven and former project manager Felipe hardly featured in an episode in which Team Summit struggled to find a leader.
Ah, it’s nice to see that whilst the BBC are happy to let Jeremy Clarkson repeatedly get away with murder, the public are not as frightened of the eggshells that surround him!
The Top Gear presenter has been making headlines for years with regards to his controversial and derogatory remarks, usually racist oneswe hasten to add, with nothing but official warning after official warning coupled by a few half-hearted apologies to come from it all. Read more & comment »
“I Walk the Walk, I talk the talk and I dance the dance.” “I’m not better at business because I’m good looking I’m better at business because I’m better at business.” “I’m going to come in and smash the competition before they even realise I’m there.” Hearing people in business suits uttering these outrageous claims must mean only one thing, The Apprentice is back for its tenth series. I for one am a big fan of the show and watching the candidates boast about their prowess got me excited for the new run. However, even I have to admit that the one big change to the format doesn’t quite work in the way the producers probably thought it would.
The recent and controversial Channel 4 documentary, The Paedophile Hunter, has certainly taken the nation by complete storm…
In case you have yet to see it, The Paedophile Hunter followed vigilante Stinson Hunter in his quest to rid the world of sexual predators by posing as underage children to entrap them into exposing their possible criminal intentions, has received a very diverse response from the public. Read more & comment »