TV: Fresh Meat Episode 1 Channel 4

I like to think I know immediately whether or not something new on TV is worth sticking with. I’m an impulsive sort. And one with an ego.

That in itself is an incredibly arrogant standpoint. And a risky one too. Still, I figure if I confess that you’ll forgive me before I pass judgment on Channel 4’s new comedy Fresh Meat.

In the first half there are undeniable moments of Peep Show mixed with tasty throwbacks to Spaced. The direction is refreshing, the editing suitably punchy.

I connect with it. I recognise the weird bloke in the house the rest of the student move in with. And I certainly recognised the agonising conversations between a handful of people thrown together in less than satisfactory accommodation. The same happened to me twenty years ago. In a way, that makes me jump up and down excitedly. At the same time it also makes me wonder whether I’m the victim of a calculated piece of scheduling. I hope I’m wrong. Because the lead is cute.

That said I don’t remember meeting anyone during freshers week who said “This place is crawling with quality anus”. And whilst I was offered a number of badly rolled joints during my student days, I don’t recall anyone offering me coke. Clearly, I didn’t mix with the right people at Lancaster.

No matter. It’s a nice thing. A worthy creation. And something I’ll stick

“There is a breakfast offered, but it’s continental. Grab a Ryvita and fuck off.”

Gripping entertainment news

I’m a sucker for things which creep up on me and take me by surprise. I put way too much store in them. I end up admiring them because of some kind of warped sense of value on my part.

News that Carol Vorderman “felt forced to quit” Channel 4 show Countdown has upgraded what began as quite a surprising story yesterday into a strangely exciting one.

If the news is true – and why would one dispute it – then its quite a sad end to quite a long held position in TV presentation.

I did always rather like Countdown.

Hard-disk TV

Sensitive Skin

Simon and I have seen a few good things on the hard-drive this week. We include them for you here:

Sensitive Skin
Joanna Lumley stars in touching new comedy
BBC2, Episode 2, Tuesday 3 July 2007

Inventive, fresh and entertaining take on prank calls

Graham Norton Show
Cagney and Lacey join Graham Norton
BBC2, Thursday 5 July

Cherie’s Story
Fiona Bruce talks to Cherie Blair
BBC1, Wednesday 4 July

Classic Britannia
Excellent introduction to “classical” music in Britain
BBC4, Saturday 7 July

We’ve scheduled in the following gems from next week’s schedule:

Doctor Who (The Runaway Bride)
Another chance to see Catherine Tate’s Doctor Who debut in this repeated Christmas special
BBC3, Monday 8pm

Thoroughly Modern: The Typewriter
BBC4, Monday 8pm

James May’s 20th Century: 747
New Series guaranteed to appeal to boys who like to understand about things.
BBC2, Tuesday

Bernard Manning
Channel 4, Thursday

First Night of the Proms
Elgar Cello Concerto and Walton’s Portsmouth Point Overture
BBC2, 8pm, Friday