Ghostwatch

It was Halloween Night 1992. I remember I was 11 years old and staying at a friend’s house celebrating the most mischevious of holidays. Late that night, without parental supervision, we put on the TV to watch the much advertised ‘Ghostwatch’. It was (at least we believed it at the time) a documentary about a TV crew entering a haunted house for the night. The family had been suffering at the hands of horrible poltergeist ‘Pipes’ who tormented them as they slept. Like most people who watched this mockumentary dressed up as fact I was scared shitless. Often I have wondered if the … Continue reading Ghostwatch

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‘Take Me Out’…The Back…And Shoot Me…In The Head

As I sat, watching the screen, I found myself wondering how we came to this. As a society I mean. Now we all know that the Saturday Night TV Schedule is full of soul destroying shite to keep middle aged women occupied while the kids are out having the fun they wish they were having. One of the more recent additions to the line up is ‘Take me out’.

It is very difficult to describe the format of the show. It is as if Paddy McGuinness had dug up and raped the bloated corpse of Blind Date leaving behind the post mortem abortion that is this show. A show where a lonely male weirdo is paraded in front of 30 whooping and gyrating women who he has to impress into a date. Watching this initial part of the process makes me think that this is what it must have been like for any Christian unlucky enough to piss of the Romans. Continue reading “‘Take Me Out’…The Back…And Shoot Me…In The Head”

More Than Meets The Eye

As I child of the 80’s I am baffled by the current trend of reworking classic TV shows for a new generation. So many shows are being made into feature length, usually animated, movies which generally fail to capture the magic that captivated us as kids. This leads me to question whether or not kids TV of old have actually stood the test of time and can hold the attention of today’s youth. Kids so desensitised to sex and violence may not be as enthralled by the shows that kept me glued to the TV when I was a child.
Although, after mulling it over, it seems that if we look a little deeper and explore the hidden depths of certain TV gems we may just find out that when it comes to 80’s kids TV there certainly was ‘more than meets the eye’. Continue reading “More Than Meets The Eye”