Saturday, September 13, 2008
Tonight on TV
Occasionally, just occasionally, there are advantages to being middle-aged and housebound, minding the kids, on a Saturday night.
Tonight is such a night, with the BBC's new Autumn season kicking off.
It starts off with the much-anticipated 6th series of Strictly Come Dancing. This will include ITV's political correspondent John Sargeant, described by The Times' Caitlin Moran as looking like "Rebrandt in Lycra". Whether this series can match the pulchritudinous (one for Mike there) heights of last year (Kelly Brook, Alesha Dixon, Gabby Logan and Penny Lancaster Stewart, oh, and some blokes as well) remains to be seen.
Then it's on to Maestro - The Winner's Finale. For the last 5 weeks, Maestro has been gripping tv, as we've watched a hotchpot of celebs learning how to conduct an orchestra. It was an introduction to reality tv for the cultured middle classes, although whether Classic FM listeners are ready for Big Brother 12 yet, I have my doubts. (In a rare low-brow slip, the BBC aren't clear whether its a Final or Finale).
The series was worth watching if only for the car crash first episode when Peter Snow's rendition of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (above) left me with tears rolling down my face.
And my favourite use of the word maestro in comedy.....?
"When I tell people I work with Colin Sell, they often ask me "how is the maestro?". Well, Colin tells me that it's failed its MOT again, but should be back on the road by next Tuesday". Humphrey Littleton
Which brings me seamlessly onto I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue on BBC4 tonight at 10.30pm (can you see what I did there?). The only completely filmed edition of the show, and another chance to pay our respects to the late, great Humph.