More TV Memories – Football First/The Goal Rush.

Football First (ITV2, 1998-2001)/The Goal Rush (ITV1/ITV2, 2001-2003)

You will know if you a regular visitor to this blog that although I’ve never had any talent for playing sport, I have watched a lot of sports shows on TV over the years, and this is one with an interesting story. In 1998 digital channel ITV2 launched, and on Saturday afternoons there would be a fast-moving show that featured all the latest football results in England and Scotland. Well they had to find something to fill their schedules with when they were still working out what the channel should be about.

It was called Football First and was originally hosted by Graham Beacroft, who has also been a commentator on the radio for many years at various stations including TalkSport. The screen would be split into several parts, with the equivalent of Grandstand‘s Vidiprinter along the bottom with all the latest goals (and red cards!). Along with reporters at a few grounds, there would also be pundits in the studio to offer their views on the action. I suppose you could say it was an attempt to bring the ITV Results Service into the new millennium. vlcsnap-00403

This show was the first time that I had been able to watch such coverage for the whole of the match, and not just as the full-time results came in. As ITV didn’t have the rights to Premiership highlights at this point, there was more emphasis on the lower league games. Now, if you are beginning to think that this is all rather similar to Sky Sports’s Soccer Saturday with Jeff Stelling… well, it was really. vlcsnap-00411

But I didn’t have access to that show at this point and I didn’t see it until Sky Sports News launched on Freeview in the early-2000s. After a few seasons of Football First, something significant then happened. In 2001 ITV did acquire the rights to Premiership highlights for three seasons, and they wanted to make a big deal out of it, including the return of On The Ball (a format that had been around since the World Of Sport days), and the ill-fated idea of having the main show on Saturdays at 7pm that backfired very quickly (but how that all played out is another story). vlcsnap-00416

The decision was made to relaunch Football First as The Goal Rush, and it would now be hosted by Angus Scott. Although the whole of the show remained on ITV2, at around 4:30pm coverage would also be on ITV1 for the climax of the top-flight matches (and there would also be plenty of promotion for the ITV Sport Channel, another bold idea that went awry). vlcsnap-00408

However, The Goal Rush didn’t return for the third and final season of Premiership coverage in 2003, and in 2004 the rights returned to the BBC, where Match Of The Day continues to this day. Since then, the BBC have also expanded their Final Score show to last all afternoon, where it remains an intriguing watch. And I have managed to do a whole piece looking back at ITV’s Premiership coverage without making a sarcastic reference to The Tactics Truck. Oh no!

More TV Memories – Saturday Night Takeaway.

Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV1, 2002-2009, ITV, 2013-present)

This is another show that does feature a game show element, although again I do feel that it is more of a general entertainment show. Ant and Dec had already hosted some Saturday Night TV shows, including BBC1’s Friends Like These. They then moved to ITV and hosted Slap Bang which was something of a flop. But they went off and regrouped and came back with something that was much better… and this time it was a hit!

In the early-2000s Ant and Dec had hosted various other successful shows including Pop Idol, but critics often said that these formats were popular enough that they would’ve done well in the ratings whoever hosted them, so they had to prove that they did have the ability to be a success with their own show. It turned out to be something in the familiar Noel’s House Party/Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush style.

Saturday Night Takeaway was a live show that contained lots of features. I only really watched the first few series regularly, and these are some of the highlights from that era. One memorable feature was Make Ant Laugh. Ant is supposedly rather grumpy, and needs cheering up (“laugh? Don’t make me laugh!”). A rather bad variety act would come on and had to make Ant laugh within 60 seconds. If they succeeded, they won a prize, and I remember Ant did end up giggling a lot. vlcsnap-00408

There was also What’s Next, where Ant and Dec didn’t know what the next feature they were taking part in was until a curtain was raised (eventually), so it was always a surprise. Other features over the series have included Ant Vs Dec, The Jiggy Bank, Home Run and Little Ant And Dec. It’s fair to say by this point that our cheeky hosts had left their pop music careers (which they weren’t embarrassed about at all, oh no) behind. vlcsnap-00435

One of the more interesting features in the first series was Banged Up With Beadle. TV presenter Jeremy Beadle has been locked away in a dungeon “for his services to light entertainment”. Every week he would be paired with a contestant and they would have to practice a task, which they would then have to perform live on the show. If they succeeded, the contestant won a prize, and Jeremy was given something extra to make his time a little more enjoyable, like some books. There was also a spin-off show on ITV2 which looked at some of the highlights of the week, along with the contestant talking about their experience. Jeremy always came across as very kind and did anything he could to help out the contestants, which was great. vlcsnap-00411

The centrepiece of the show was Grab The Ads, leading to the show’s main catchphrase “don’t just watch the ads… win them!”. Some adverts were picked from a show that had been on ITV1 during the week, and one rather overexcited contestant was chosen to play. There were 60 seconds, and for every correct answer, one of the 25 items was randomly highlighted. The twist here was that this meant that they could win a car and a holiday, or a toilet roll and a chocolate bar. However, they could gamble to answer one more question and if they got it right they would win everything on the board. vlcsnap-00377

Overall, Saturday Night Takeaway was a big success with viewers, Ant and Dec had finally done it! In 2009 the show ended and they went off to other things including game show Push The Button, but this was a flop by comparison. In 2013 the format was revived, and seemed to have a fresh energy, including more new features such as In For A Penny. There has also been a tour, along with a book and a board game being released, and the show’s success is one of the factors leading to Ant and Dec winning the Most Popular TV Presenter award for about 43 consecutive years.

More TV Memories – OFI Sunday.

OFI Sunday (ITV1, 2005)

2005 wasn’t a great year for ITV1. As has been documented elsewhere, their prime-time schedule relied on very little beyond the soaps, and shows with “celebrity” in the title. There were a few entertainment formats tried out though including sitcoms and game shows, but they all seemed to be moved to a worse timeslot before the end of their run, or were pulled altogether with editions remaining unaired. They seemed to have very little confidence in their shows and I don’t remember watching that regularly during this time.

By this point Chris Evans hadn’t been on TV regularly for about five years. He didn’t even bother to host the final (for a while) series of TFI Friday on Channel 4 in 2000. He went on to work behind the scenes on some shows with his production company, and most of them were flops, including Channel 4’s game show Boys And Girls, and Channel 5’s Live With… Chris Moyles and The Terry And Gaby Show.

It was around the mid-2000s that Chris started to get back into presenting, including joining BBC Radio 2, and the time seemed right for a return to TV presenting. Having been a fan of his shows over the years going all the way back to TV Mayhem in the early-90s, I looked forward to what he had planned. Chris insisted that he had plenty of big ideas. Would hosting a new entertainment show on ITV1 be a good way to come back? vlcsnap-00625

Well would you believe it. OFI Sunday (which started out at 10:30pm) was a 45-minute show that was essentially the sequel to TFI Friday, it was a show designed to end off the week in a lively style that tried to banish those “oh no it’s Monday tomorrow” blues. It was also packed with a lot of features that would either succeed or fail badly. And you can probably guess where this is going. ofi0002

The first problem was the lack of celebrity guests. On the first show the guest was Chris’s ex-wife Billie Piper. On the second show it was James Nesbitt, a friend of Chris’s, so a lot of the conversation was rather in-jokey and meant little to anyone else. By the end of that show, Chris was making a mildly desperate request for celebrities to appear next week as they had nobody planned. The studio design was also rather garish. ofi0001

Also, TV had moved on somewhat, and most of the features were recycled from TFI Friday almost a decade earlier. Fun and innovative then, but tired by now. Clearly someone hadn’t told Chris that it wasn’t 1996 any more. These included the guest banging a gong to start the show, a look at the week’s news, and “Mine Or Not Mine”, where Chris (who has never been modest about these things) brought on an unusual object and people had to guess whether he really owned it or not. vlcsnap-00639

Also featuring was Chris showing a Polaroid picture of something to his guest that made them laugh, and then destroying it without anyone else seeing it or explaining what it was of. There would be performances from pop groups, and guests would be encouraged to do some karaoke too. Chris would also take the chance to wheel out random production team members on stage and mildly embarrass them in various games (another thing he has always seemed fond of).

The response to all this from viewers was rather negative, ratings plummeted, and guess what, OFI Sunday skipped a week, and then the sixth and final edition (on a Friday, oddly) was shown at a very late time, before it was never seen again, suffering exactly the same unfortunate fate that just about every other ITV1 entertainment show had in this year like almost everyone had predicted would happen right from the outset.

“You will love this!” claimed Chris. Well maybe the 12 people who were still watching by the end did, but no-one else really cared. OFI Sunday was simply a total failure. After this setback, Chris concentrated on his radio work again for a while, working his way up to the Radio 2 Breakfast slot, and now compared with his earlier days finally coming across (although we’ll ignore Top Gear for now) as a safe pair of hands.

The Comedy Vault – Believe Nothing.

Believe Nothing (ITV1, 2002)

Rik Mayall was someone who provided a lot of energetic performances in many comedy shows over the years, the best-known of these including BBC2’s The Young Ones (which I must admit I have never seen myself – I know, shocking) and Bottom. There was also ITV’s The New Statesman, a satirical sitcom where he played a politician that was written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran (also behind such memorable sitcoms as Birds Of A Feather and Goodnight Sweetheart).

About a decade after that ended, Mayall reunited with those writers for a similar sitcom that was shown in the Sunday 10pm slot. If you thought that Alan B’Stard was outrageous… just wait until you see this guy! Believe Nothing starred Mayall as Adonis Cnut (how very amusing, I’m sure that some of the publicity for the show at the time used the phrase “Rik Mayall is A. Cnut”), a professor who is the world’s cleverest man but has became somewhat bored by his own brilliance. vlcsnap-00547

One day he is hired to join the Council For International Progress, a somewhat shadowy organisation containing the world’s greatest minds that makes all the important decisions. The other main cast members are Adonis’s servant Brian Albumen (Michael Maloney), and Dr Hannah Awkward (Emily Bruni), a young professor who Adonis is rather fond of, but she doesn’t really like him. Adonis was also prone to random bouts of violence that drew comparisons with Bottomvlcsnap-00548

Among those making guest appearances were Barry Cryer as the host of the big money game show Get Rich Quick (that’s another game show parody appearing in a comedy to add to my list), Melvyn Bragg as the host of discussion show What’s The Big Idea?, and Rory Bremner as the American president. Tim Vine also made a brief appearance in one episode. vlcsnap-00543

Adonis didn’t seem to have much time for ordinary people, and carried on like he wouldn’t be satisfied until he had taken over the world, seemingly knowing everything about everyone and using his influence to consult high-ranking politicians as to what they should do, which usually had disastrous results, and he would then take out his frustration on the faithful Albumen. vlcsnap-00549

Believe Nothing ran for only six episodes, and it is one of Mayall’s lesser-remembered shows, but it has been released on DVD, and extras include some outtakes. The show did come across as something of a lively cross between The New Statesman and Whoops Apocalypse (which Mayall also appeared in about two decades before this), and it was a satirical statement on the bizarre world of politics at the beginning of the 21st century. 

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A magazine article about Believe Nothing from July 2002

More TV Memories – The All-New Harry Hill Show.

The All-New Harry Hill Show (ITV1, 2003)

After Harry Hill left Channel 4, he moved to ITV1 in 2001 and launched his long-running TV Burp show. After this started to become successful, the decision was made to revive his comedy show which had run for three series on Channel 4. Although it seems that some consider this to be a direct follow-on from that series, I feel that there are enough differences for me to give this a separate review.

Firstly, his regular bunch of characters from the Channel 4 series didn’t take part, meaning that there were no appearances from old favourites including Finsbury Park or Harry’s big brother Alan, although the terrific Stouffer The Cat did turn up occasionally. Instead Harry was assisted by a small old man who he insisted was the rowing champion Sir Steve Redgrave. After a rather energetic dance routine accompanied by a band in the studio, Harry would come on stage and tell some of his rather strange jokes. vlcsnap-00540

Features on the show included The Hamilton Challenge, the life of Robbie Williams told by ventriloquist dummies, a parody of News At Ten with Trevor McDonald, and the very exciting A Celebrity Hobby That You Didn’t Know About But Will In A Minute, where famous faces including Les Dennis would be interviewed by Harry to reveal the rather unusual thing that they have an interest in. vlcsnap-00541

Every edition ended with Harry performing a song, and then some of the studio audience came on to the stage to join Harry on a bouncy castle. You won’t see any badger parades around here! The All-New Harry Hill Show was shown on ITV1 fairly late on Sunday nights, meaning that the ratings weren’t that great, and some viewers felt that it was a little disappointing by comparison to the Channel 4 series, and it didn’t return. vlcsnap-00539

However, Harry did return for a similarly silly series called Harry Hill’s Shark-Infested Custard, which was aimed at a younger audience and shown on CITV. Harry has certainly been done a variety of things over the years, including starring in his own film, making a album, writing various books, becoming the cover star of The Dandy (although he couldn’t save it from closing shortly after), and also hosting other TV shows including Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule that I might review soon too. But his revival of Stars In Their Eyes? Ooh no, I’m not going anywhere near that one! vlcsnap-00542

It is rather disappointing to think that little of Harry’s TV work has been released on DVD. Hopefully that will change one day because Harry has made some of the more entertainingly bizarre comedy shows that have appeared on British TV stretching back almost 25 years now, and I (along with many others I’m sure) certainly wouldn’t hesitate in buying any boxsets of his shows.

More TV Memories – Crossroads The Final Episode.

Crossroads (ITV1, 2003)

In what will probably the last in my series looking back at the final episodes of TV soaps (I don’t think I can go through Brookside again, and I don’t want to go anywhere near Eldorado), here’s a look at how Crossroads ended. This was a soap that was originally shown on ITV from 1964-1988, and then there was a revival in 2001 in a daytime slot, which featured the return of some old faces. This met with a middling response from viewers, so it was time for a rethink. vlcsnap-01272

In 2003 Crossroads was relaunched again, and this time it was somewhat daft and camp, as if they were trying to say in this version the acting was deliberately bad, ha-ha-ha! Again, viewers weren’t very fond of all this, and even having guest appearances from the likes of such celebrities as Les Dennis, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Lionel Blair (although on this occasion he didn’t simply say “cataracts?”) wasn’t that exciting. vlcsnap-01276

So the decision was made to end the show in May 2003, for good this time. How would it all end? I decided to give it another watch. Unlike the other soaps that I have reviewed, would they just go down the “it was all a dream” route? Well… they actually did. They took the opportunity to send up the genre somewhat and make references to the show, I believe the word for this is meta as the teenagers say. vlcsnap-01278

Apart from Jane Asher who was brought in as the star attraction for this version and played Angela who ran the hotel, just about every other cast member had already been in a soap or would go on to be in one. So we had the likes of Sherrie Hewson, Anne Charleston and Lucy Pargeter who would all go on to appear in Emmerdale, with just about all the others going on to EastEnders or Hollyoaks. And also featuring was Freema Agyeman who would go on to further success in Doctor Who and Law And Order UKvlcsnap-01273

Another thing that I noticed was that there was a character called Rio who was played by Georgina Walker (who had become a redhead and picked up an American accent somewhere along the way) who was described by one character as “a right little madam”. Now you might remember that this was the actress who caught my attention when she played the mysterious Jane Harper in the great Night And Day. By a coincidence Crossroads ended about a week before Night And Day did on ITV1, so she was in the unfortunate position of appearing in the final episode of two soaps in very quick succession, and she hasn’t been seen much on TV since. vlcsnap-01257

About halfway through the final episode, suddenly all of the cast worked in a supermarket, and the announcement was made that the supermarket was about to close and everyone would be out of a job. When asked what she would do next, Asher’s character said that she might “bake a cake” (do you see??!). How we laughed. It was definitely one of the more bizarre ways for a show to leave the screen. vlcsnap-01279

More TV Memories – Night And Day The Final Episode.

Night And Day: the final episode (ITV1, 2003) vlcsnap-01109

One of the earliest blog pieces that I did was about my favourite TV soap Night And Day. Because there isn’t much about this show online I decided that I wanted to do another piece, so I thought that I’d have a look back at the final episode that was shown rather late on ITV1 in June 2003. Night And Day was a rather odd show which was quickly dropped from its daytime slot, but the episodes were made so far in advance that there were still about a year’s worth to show when this decision was made, and they were determined to end things with a bang. You can now rest easy as I finally reveal the fates of all the characters, including what happened to the mysterious Jane Harper… vlcsnap-00998

The previous episode ended with the cliffhanger of Della discovering that her and Jane had been swapped as babies by Danny (played by a pre-EastEnders Shane Richie). This episode begins with Della and Jane’s 17th birthday parties, following on from the first episode which featured their 16th birthdays, which was actually shown 19 months earlier, time seemingly moves slower in Greenwich. Jane was eventually found in a later episode where she had lost her memory, and she was reunited with her family. vlcsnap-01215

There’s lots of other things going on. Fiona has started having an affair with the much younger Dennis. Her husband Mike couldn’t believe it really, she has had enough though and plans to leave on her own. Josh discovers that he isn’t Della’s brother. Jane’s brother (well, probably) Ryan has had a tough year, but Danny’s lovely niece Celeste has helped him through. Will he stay with her? Jane meets Alex again, who she had been having an affair with in the earliest episodes before her disappearance. But wait, it turns out he’s her dad? Well that’s awkward. Roxanne is not happy to discover what happened to put it mildly and throws Alex out. vlcsnap-01217

We now reach the climax where Jane finally confronts Danny about everything that’s happened, and goes and stabs him. We then rejoin the story four years later after Jane is released from prison on her 21st birthday. What had happened to everyone? The Harpers moved away from Greenwich, and Roxanne hasn’t seen Alex since. Della had a family with a now rich Josh who it turns out wasn’t her brother at any point. vlcsnap-01031

Also, Frankie’s dad turned into a hugely convincing robot, Dennis got married and became a fireman, and Ryan had a sex change and stayed with a now pregnant Celeste. It was also revealed that Jane had died in prison the day she was supposed to be released, so it was her ghost walking around at the end or something like that, even I had lost track by this point. We end with a closing montage of some memorable moments accompanied by Bjork’s “All Is Full Of Love”. vlcsnap-01019

And that’s it. Night And Day hasn’t been seen on British TV since (and neither have many of the cast) and I was very sorry to see it leave the screen, although I was clearly in the minority on that one. I’ve never really seen anything else like it on TV before or since, in any genre, never mind soaps. I still have a lot of fond memories of watching this show. Who knows, maybe the residents of Thornton Street are still all out there somewhere… vlcsnap-01024

I plan to look at how some more soaps ended soon including the final episodes of Family Affairs and Crossroads.

The Comedy Vault – 2DTV.

2DTV (ITV1, 2001-2004)

The satirical comedy show Spitting Image was a huge success on ITV for about a decade. After that show ended in 1996, there was often speculation that it would return, or at the very least a similar show would be launched. In 2001, a new satirical show did finally appear, which featured the same production team as the final series of Spitting Image, and it was called 2DTVvlcsnap-01085

The difference between Spitting Image and 2DTV was that it didn’t feature puppetry, instead it was an animated show. Just about everyone who was in the public eye at the beginning of the 2000s decade was featured in the show, whether they be leading politicians, irritating TV presenters, dozy footballers, flashy pop stars, the Royals, or cast members of EastEndersvlcsnap-01088

A small group of comic actors provided the voices, most of which seemed to be performed by Jon Culshaw. He also contributed to the later editions of Spitting Image, and somewhat oddly, around the same time as 2DTV he was also a member of the BBC TV and radio comedy show Dead Ringers, so you could see and hear him doing impressions of the same people in two unrelated shows. Also among the voices was Dave Lamb. vlcsnap-01084

2DTV got off to a fairly quiet start, with the earliest editions only being ten minutes long. However, the show did get some good reviews, so later editions were extended to 25 minutes. Although it was good to have some late-night comedy with an edge on the TV, by the end ITV1 scheduled the show in an increasingly late slot, and the show began to run out of energy a little, so after about three years 2DTV came to an end. vlcsnap-01086

Some of the best sketches featured on 2DTV were released on DVD. I bought this, firstly because there was a free gift of a calendar, but also because there were some good sketches that I wanted to watch again, and the DVD also had some interesting bonus features including some extra sketches that hadn’t been shown on TV, plus a look behind the scenes including interviews with the impressionists and the frantic rush to put the show together as close to transmission as possible to keep the material topical. vlcsnap-01083

After 2DTV ended, the cycle went back round to the start, with viewers again saying that there’s a space for a topical comedy show on TV. There have been two more attempts by ITV in recent years to give the great and the good a ribbing, firstly with Head Cases (which featured computer-generated characters), and then with Newzoids (featuring a combination of puppetry and computer graphics). While these have done fairly well with viewers (and again feature some of the 2DTV team), I must admit that 2DTV is my favourite of the three and the only one that I think can compare with the impact that Spitting Image made.

The Comedy Vault – Monkey Trousers.

Monkey Trousers (ITV1, 2005)

Following on from the similar The All-Star Comedy Show of which a couple of editions were shown on ITV1 a year earlier, Monkey Trousers was a comedy sketch show featuring a wide variety of comic talent taking part in some rather daft sketches. Most of the show was written by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, and their unusual comedy style definitely came through. vlcsnap-00592

Among the cast and the regular characters were Alistair McGowan as a 1950s footballer, Steve Coogan as a creepy toy shop owner, Neil Morrissey as a shouting policeman, Matt Berry as a burping antiques expert, and John Thomson as a foul-mouthed chef. Reeves and Mortimer also took part in sketches themselves, with Mortimer playing a fearless wildlife expert who liked to wrestle with crocodiles, and a clueless estate agent. Reeves played a crazy vicar, and also the silliest character in the series who gave the show its title, someone who liked to run around and shout “monkey trousers!”, because monkeys are funny, right? vlcsnap-00593

Also taking part in the show were many others including Angus Deayton, Rebecca Front, Tim Healy, Mackenzie Crook, Griff Rhys Jones, Ronni Ancona, and Rhys Thomas. So that’s a comedy show featuring some of my favourite comedy talent taking part in some unusual sketches in a sort-of combination of such popular 90s comedy shows as The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer and The Fast Show. How could it possibly fail? vlcsnap-00595

Well, it did, and there are some reasons for this. When Monkey Trousers was shown on ITV1 in 2005, they were going through a habit of moving shows to a later slot or not completing the run of a show, and despite commissioning a full series unfortunately they lost confidence in this show too. The final edition wasn’t even shown presumably because of low ratings, it didn’t return for another series, and this show like many others during this time became another comedy flop which is very disappointing. vlcsnap-00598

Monkey Trousers has been released on DVD though and it features some extras including interviews with Bob Mortimer and Steve Coogan (whose production companies made the show), there are also some outtakes and deleted sketches along with the unaired edition. Maybe if it had been shown on BBC2 or Channel 4 Monkey Trousers could have been a bigger success because it wasn’t that bad, but it’s a shame that so much talent resulted in such little success.

The YouTube Files – Dead Man Weds.

Dead Man Weds (ITV1, 2005)

At the start of 2005, two sitcoms were launched at just about the same time on different channels which starred Johnny Vegas. BBC3’s Ideal was one, which was a great success and ran for seven series, whereas the other one, which was Dead Man Weds was a flop and vanished after six episodes. I’ve managed to track it down online though because I was interested in watching it again over a decade on to see if it deserves its flop status. vlcsnap-00522

Dead Man Weds was a sitcom which starred and was written by Dave Spikey of Phoenix Nights fame. The Fogburrow Advertiser is a newspaper that covers a rather sleepy town where nothing much happens and they struggle to fill the pages. The new editor Gordon Garden (played by Spikey) who used to work on a national newspaper then comes along and decides to try and shake-up the staff, seemingly only consisting of Lewis (played by Vegas), youngster Dwayne, some old lady and Ken Barlow’s brother, to try and put some work into finding some important stories to publish. vlcsnap-00519

Not long after, they soon unearth a scandal which is of such huge proportions that if they can get to the bottom of what is happening, not only will it be the paper’s biggest ever story, but it could possibly be the scoop of the year. The water in the area is turning blue – what could be the reason for this? Gordon decides that it’s time for some investigative journalism to solve the mystery, and well, Lewis and his colleagues have never seen owt like it! vlcsnap-00493

Also among the cast were Tim Healy who ran the local pub and Michael Brandon who was the boss of the company Gene US that were behind the strange things. One interesting thing about Dead Man Weds was that the theme music was “It’s Good News Week”, a hit single for one-hit wonders Hedgehoppers Anonymous in 1965. However, it’s been announced that there are no plans to bring out the show on DVD, partly because of the music content, and also presumably because the song was written by a dirty old man. That’s great isn’t it, deliberately picking a theme song that you know will scupper your chances of a DVD release, not that there would have been a huge demand for one. vlcsnap-00500

ITV1’s scheduling was at rather a low ebb at this point, and somewhat inevitably Dead Man Weds was another show that was pushed into a later timeslot for the final episode, something that seemed to happen to a lot of shows at the time, although they should be commended for trying out new sitcoms even if in the mid-2000s they were inevitably doomed. Looking back though the show was an interesting idea with an unexpected twist. It turns out it was a 16ft tall turkey all along! That’ll definitely put Fogburrow on the map!