TV: Graham Norton Show (5.7 23 April 2009)


Peter Andre and Katie Price, originally uploaded by Thoroughly Good.

Peter Andre and Katie Price joined Jimmy Carr on the sofa for an edition of the Graham Norton Show illustrating how reality television needn’t be a car crash.

Andre and Price (aka Jordan) are the epitome of celebrity. OK, so one time Aussie hunk may have have a pop hit with his single Mysterious Girl and yes, he may possibly have had a good body (and who knows maybe he still does now). But what exactly does he do now? And does he deserve his media appearances ? What exactly is the man famous for now other than being married to Katie Price?

Andre’s wife Price may have justifiably established her presence with a large bosom and a jaw-dropping nerve to try anything once (just take a trip down memory lane and observe her appearance on the UK selection programme for Eurovision in 2005) but what exactly has she done recently to warrant an appearance? I can’t remember and I can’t be arsed to look at Wikipedia either. Go do your own research.

What they have is a discernible on-screen chemistry, one which makes their off-screen implicit and undeniable. Having met on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, the pair have remained together for six years. That’s some feat for a couple most dismissed as getting together for the reality tv cameras.

In the episode, keep an eye out for an interesting series of exchanges between the couple and Jimmy Carr. First Katie is in total control over her husband almost belittling him, then the next moment Carr is cracking a crude joke which seemingly only Andre gets. Price has all the visible signs of someone laughing whilst not quite understanding why.

If you’re looking for a shining example of a genuinely happy married celebrity couple then look no further than Mr Andre and Ms Price as seen on Graham Norton’s Show. Despite both their shiny faces, they’re pretty real too.

It’s available on BBC iPlayer until Thursday 30 April 2009

TV: Graham Norton Show (5.6 16 April 2009)

Graham on a lap, originally uploaded by Thoroughly Good.

X-Files star Gillian Anderson and irritatingly young looking Chris Addison joined a soberly dressed Graham Norton in a welcome return of a show which has now successfully secured its place as a Thursday night treat.

Sinead O’Connor took us down (a slightly distressing) memory lane with a live performance of Nothing Compares To You , sparking a debate on performance techniques employed by a variety of former popstars. Lovely to see a special appearance from a mini-Graham (pictured).

Special mention must surely be given to the apparently necessary Japanese translator who sat on the front of the audience. She look lovely.

If you’re inside the UK you can watch it again here. If you’re outside the UK, I’m sorry.

If you’re in the US, I believe you can watch it on BBC America on Saturday 25 April 10/9c.

If you’re a friend then I’ll record a copy to DVD and save it for you to watch when you visit. If you haven’t booked a visit yet, then please do.

Oh .. and those all important links:

National Archives UFO thing.

Delia Smith

Noel Edmonds.

Prom 49: National Youth Orchestra / Antonio Pappano

Watching an NYO concert is always a difficult affair for me. I’m nearly always reminded of my failed attempts at gaining entry to the band when I was a teenager. Not surprisingly, I didn’t get in. I didn’t even get an audition. (I wasn’t terribly good at my ‘tonguing’ and sometimes my intonation did leave a lot to be desired.) Even so, watching each successive NYO does tend to fill me with bitterness and resetment. I’m nothing if not predictable.

I caught the first work in this evening’s concert – Varese’s Amériques – on the live Radio 3 relay and wasn’t entirely convinced about it. Contrary to what I’ve thought for many years, I don’t think you need to know very much about a composer or the work itself in order to enjoy it. You’ll just enjoy it if it’s good. Varese’s creation didn’t appeal to me and watching the TV broadcast later in the evening did little to change my opinion.

Had I been lucky enough to pull the wool over the eyes of the NYO administration and end up playing in the orchestra when I was seventeen, I think I probably would have been hugely annoyed to discover I was playing Rachmaninov’s fourth piano concerto. As a listener coming to the work for the first time, I failed to identify one single discernible theme to latch on to. Sure, BBC 2 commentator Charles Hazlewood might have suggested the concerto was a jamming session between piano soloist and orchestra, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a definite theme, an obvious development and a subsequent recapitulation. There’s a reason we only really hear Rachmaninov’s second symphony and his Paganini Variations. I suspect they’re the best of his orchestral works.

To focus on largely negative and personal views of two thirds of hte programme does the members of this year’s NYO a massive disservice. Tonight was their big night: a televised demonstration of their obvious talent and expertise. I’d always liked the idea of being a member of that particular crowd even if my ambitions were delusions of grandeur. Nevertheless, the end of the Copland Symphony showed how much this event touched the members of the orchestra. I’m sure I observed a number of bottom lips quivering and hands wiping tears from cheeks.

I know, it might be mawkish to flag such an observation up, but its those things which prove that what happened in the Royal Albert Hall was a moving experience for those there. I wouldn’t deny anyone that kind of experience. Good on them.

Prom 49 on the BBC iPlayer