Your Home Made Perfect Rating: New Lives In The Wild Rating: This country's obsession with food is becoming deranged. Just 20 years ago, most people simply knocked up some dinner after work. These days, we seem to think about recipes, ingredients, 'prepping' and 'plating up' from the instant we wake. What we eat has somehow acquired the central meaning in our lives. No one watches religious shows, yet practically the biggest telly audience of the year will tune in to see who can bake the best cake. Angela Scanlon, pictured with her co-presenter Robert Jamison, tackled a home makeover for a food-obsessed family on Your Home Made Perfect RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night's TV: If you like... CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night's TV: Want to live... Share this article Share The mania has taken such a hold of one couple's life, featured on Your Home Made Perfect (BBC2), that they converted almost the … [Read more...] about CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: How to over-egg a refurb
Miriam's Dead Good Adventure Rating: Britain's Viking Graveyard Rating: Good grief, but Miriam Margolyes might want to learn a little sensitivity. The actress who burped and parped her way through The Real Marigold Hotel visited her parents' grave at the beginning of her examination of taboos around old age, Miriam's Dead Good Adventure (BBC2). She wanted to observe the Jewish custom of laying stones on the grave, but she had brought only one pebble. So she swiped a second from another plot. Miriam Margolyes made insensitive comments to several interviewees when she examined taboos around old age for Miriam's Dead Good Adventure RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night's TV: Pity Sir David... CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night's TV: Stop the... Share this article Share Her excuse, she claimed, was that she'd known the dead man, Wilfred — 'and if he minds there's nothing he can do about it'. Later, she … [Read more...] about CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: Want to live longer?
Chiwetel Ejiofor could read a McDonald's menu and make it sound like a soliloquy from King Lear Earth From Space Rating: Chimerica Rating: One of the most glorious ways to waste time is with Google Earth, a mosaic of high-definition satellite images covering all the globe. You start by looking up your own street and spend the next few hours scrolling back and forth over the world's landscape like an astronaut with a jet-pack. Earth From Space (BBC1) is that experience with the bonus of stately narration from Chiwetel Ejiofor, an actor who could read a McDonald's menu and make it sound like a soliloquy from King Lear. This was an hour of ravishing, apparently abstract images that gradually resolved into recognisable views. Midges swirling over grassland became a vast herd of wildebeest. A blizzard of black spots, like mould on the Atlantic shoreline, was revealed as a colony of fur seals. Varicose veins spreading up America's west turned into the San Andreas Fault … [Read more...] about CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: I’ve seen a dinosaur!
Game of Thrones , Season Eight, Episode One Rating: Eee-uch! It wouldn’t be Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic) if at least one character whose survival seemed assured didn’t die horribly before the end of the episode. No spoilers but, as the medieval fantasy returned for its final season, the climactic scene looked like Oliver Twist had wandered into the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Dismembered limbs were arranged on the castle walls in a geometric spiral, like one of those seashell decorations that British holidaymakers would make to brighten up their caravans. ‘It’s a message from the Night King,’ gasped a soldier. Looks like he’s been going to arts-and-crafts evening classes. As the medieval fantasy returned for its final season, the climactic scene looked like Oliver Twist had wandered into the Texas Chainsaw Massacre This elaborate bloodshed is the show’s real hallmark. Part-time viewers might suppose the gratuitous nudity is what … [Read more...] about CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews Game of Thrones
The Great British Bake Off For Stand Up To Cancer Rating: Derry Girls Rating: Christopher Stevens says Russell Brand’s greatest talent is his ego. He is testimony to the power of self-delusion over reality Russell Brand’s greatest talent is his ego. He is testimony to the power of self-delusion over reality. On the face of it, he’s an abject mediocrity: a third-rate TV host and unfunny stand-up who, convinced of his own brilliance, blagged a lead role in a Hollywood movie, Get Him To The Greek (it was dire, and then some). Marriage to pop star Katy Perry followed (short-lived and acrimonious), as did a best-selling autobiography (unreadably pretentious) and a moronic foray into politics (urging young people to boycott the 2015 election — I bet Ed Miliband curses Brand’s name every day). Yet he still preens as though he were a demi-god sent from Olympus. He might look like Charles Manson, with his long curls and greying beard, and … [Read more...] about CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Bake Off’s Russell Brand takes the biscuit