Noel’s Addicts (BBC1, 1992)
Over the years I have followed the TV career of Noel Edmonds, and it has definitely had some ups and downs. For every success, there has been a flop. Rather oddly, I have no memory of watching this one at the time, but when I spotted that a couple of editions have been put on YouTube, I thought that I might was well take the chance to find out more.
The idea behind Noel’s Addicts was that Noel would meet various people who were fans and collectors of rather unusual things. This either took place in the studio, or on location, because it’s always good to have a hobby, isn’t it? Whether they were fans of things like pop music, films, or even more unlikely things like clothes, they were all given a chance to explain why they are so fond.
Noel would also often ask guests 12 questions about their favourite thing, and if they get enough right, they really can be classed as an “addict”. There would sometimes be guest celebrities who would talk about their hobbies too, and Noel would also go to America to meet some people with interesting stories to tell. And there was also The History Of Addicts which was hosted by Willie Rushton and his voice, which was accompanied by some of his illustrations.
All of this featured some rather silly captions that went on and off the screen like they did on Top Of The Pops in the early-90s, viewers were encouraged to write in if they wanted to share something about a hobby that they or someone that they knew had, and I couldn’t help but notice that the opening sequence was also rather odd too, with Noel turning into various things.
It’s also rather intriguing that the description for the final edition includes “Nicholas Parsons has a very big surprise for Noel”. I suppose this was the usual end-of-series prank, but this edition isn’t online, I presume Noel had to admit to being a fan of something himself. What could that be? There was only one series of Noel’s Addicts, and rather oddly, the only reason that anybody is aware of the show now is because of the bizarre parody in The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer.