Grown men who should know better and kinky boots

Posted July 26th, 2009 by Rachel

(aka: what I’ve been watching on TV)

After probably getting on for two years spent glued to my keyboard staring at the screen, with the only screen I’ve been watching coming with a keyboard attached, over the past couple of months I’ve actually started watching TV again.

I’ve discovered a number of things…

  • Unless you’re a teenager/early twenty-something and drunk, most of the stuff on BBC3 really is CRAP! It’s full of banal tripe which is aimed at the lowest denominator, what my friend Carol would call the “underclass”
  • Late evening TV is choc-full of what are now apparently termed “rom-coms”. Now quite where this ridiculous name has come from I really don’t know. These days there seems to be an obsession with abbreviating absolutely everything and giving things “cool” new names. Presumably these “cool” new names are aimed at that underclass again, and are, in the case of “rom-coms”, intended to try and disguise the fact that they are infact romantic comedies, and there isn’t an original one amongst them. That said, some of them are amusing (a bit) in a cheesy kind of way.
  • There is a seemingly endless supply of episodes of CSI and its various spin-offs…at least it would seem so if you watch evening Channel 5. (Not that I’m complaining, as I do quite like the various permutations of CSI)
  • Actually, some of the films are quite good
  • Since we’ve now got Freeview since I last watched TV regularly, I’ve discovered that though there is a fair share of crap on TV, and repeats, that many of the repeats do bear repeating, and that the crap is avoidable, and contrary to my father’s regular assertion that “there’s nothing on worth watching”, there’s still a fair bit of quality programme making going on, and there’s quite a bit that is worth watching.

So what have I been watching this week? (hence the title of this post)

Well firstly was BBC1′s Top Gear (Sunday 19th July, 8pm, BBC2). Now I should say before I start that my interest in the inner workings of cars is practically non-existant. Their inner workings were never that interesting to me anyway, but when you can’t actually drive them because you can’t see the road clearly enough/see enough of the road, are too dopey due to oodles of medication, and such things, they kind of lose their appeal. I couldn’t less how many cylinders a “blah blah blah” has got and so on, but Top Gear really is totally fucking hilarious! Three grown men who really should know better rambling on about cars, which one’s better, the mechanical details of individual cars, which one’s the fastest, gearing ratios, and such like. You really wouldn’t think there would be anything amusing about that, but actually, since I last saw Top Gear it really has changed out of all recognition and has morphed into a cross between ‘Carry on Driving’ and a mechanically oriented version of Dick and Dom in “da bungalow” (is that still on?).

Last week’s episode, amongst a celebrity doing a lap in a modestly priced car, the latest news from the motor world, and such like, there was a challenge for the three presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond, to each buy a rear wheel drive car, and then undertake various challenges in an attempt to prove that rear wheel drive cars are better than modern front wheel drive cars.

Their challenges including driving across France in their purchases, testing the braking distances of the cars, attempting to drive their cars up a very crunchy gravel driveway and park it outside a house in the early hours of the morning to simulate being a teenager out past curfew time, and taking part in a race on an ice track in the Alps, amongst other things. During the journey and the challenges they managed to drive one of the cars into a drum-kit, ripped the roof off one of the cars, Jeremy Clarkson learned to fix things (apparently a bit of a first), had a piano “accidentally” drop on one of the cars, and one of them ended up driving a Morris Minor, much to the horror and amusement of all, as aparently the Morris Minor’s owner’s club has declared war on the presenters after previous disparaging remarks about

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