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Children in Need

Much as I didn't expect to, I watched quite a lot of Children in Need last night. We got much more from the Scottish end than usual - at least, last time I saw any amount of it (probably five years ago) it was mostly Terry Wogan in London, and then there'd be occasional ten-minute visits to Scotland. This time it was all Scotland until 11pm or so, except for five-minute visits to London for the big-name singers. And the Scottish stuff was OK, it wasn't hideously embarrassing and provincial like it used to be. (For that, we had the ten-minute visits to Aberdeen, where Jackie Brambles introduced middle-aged ladies doing Scottish dancing.)

I was mostly watching because I kind of know Des Clarke, who was presenting it again. I knew him a few years ago, anyway, when he was just a comedian and he used to come to my mate's open-mic nights, and I've seen him a few times since. Ran into him in the corridor last week and he said hi, which was nice, especially considering the last time I saw him (at the Edinburgh festival, where being pissed is pretty much compulsory) I distinctly recall telling him my entire department hated him because (in his comedy) he talks waaaay too fast to be subtitled. He was good last night, and he's so cute! In an "awww" sort of way. He's only ickle. I also wanted to see janeygodley in the Proclaimers tribute Spex Factor...pity she got knocked out first round. Julyan Sinclair, whose show on XFM I was talking about just the other day, and his brother "Cameron off Big Brother", were quite good in it too. I even quite enjoyed the River City singing and dancing bit, although again, that might be because I used to know Shellsuit Bob. (He used to come in the shop I worked in. The Scottish celeb scene is ridiculously small. I probably know someone who knows every famous Scottish person, even without taking any connections through work into account. To demonstrate this, the only YouTube result for Des Clarke is a very bad quality phone video of his visit to a local school, with fellow comic Des McLean - who I also know, because he too used to come into the shop I worked in. He probably knows Shellsuit Bob too.) Oh, and I'm fairly sure I saw darth_n_furter dressed as Robin (without a Batman) lurking behind a guy in an Alien costume in the studio...

The CiN themed QI was great, too, specially Jonathan Ross geeking out about comics. Heh. And then I kept watching because I wanted to see the Guys and Dolls bit, which predictably wasn't on for *hours*. Of course, when I say "watching", I mean "sitting in the living room reading Asimov with the TV on". But it was worth it, cos the song they did was Adelaide, Adelaide, which is one of the least-known songs, and isn't on my CD of G&D, but is probably one of my favourites. Yay.

I was also impressed that they seem to have minimised the amount of heartstring-tugging inserts with a variety of disadvantaged children - that always felt a bit *too* manipulative. So now I feel I should probably give a bit more to Children in Need than the £1 I paid for some home baking yesterday. Bah, humbug, etc.



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Nov. 18th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
Have checked and it was indeed the man himself in the robin outfit :)
Nov. 18th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yay! He's practically famous :D
Nov. 18th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
PS, i take the messenger is still out :p
Nov. 18th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Eek! I forgot to give money to the ickles!

Nov. 20th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Jackie Brambles? Wow, not heard that name in a long time.
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