Peter Reynolds

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Cooking Doesn’t Get Tougher Than This!

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I's Da Boys!

It doesn’t get more entertaining either.  Masterchef is back and, yet again, it’s better than ever.

The producers have made some little tweaks here and there.  All of them are improvements.  The individual skill test in front of Greig and John is wonderful, confrontational, dramatic, even excruciating at times!

It is extraordinary that even the very best restaurants will now let in Masterchef contestants as guinea pigs in their kitchens.  That is the power of television.

The secret ingredient?  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- it’s the music.  That’s what makes it so compelling.  It’s the relentless driving beat.  I don’t know whether it’s house or trance or what but it’s addictive.  It’s the one.  I’m totally, utterly,  obsessed, enslaved to it.  I couldn’t dream of turning over!

Diane Abbott. Some Integrity At Last

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It’s good to see that the Labour Party has rescued its leadership election from the very brink of irrelevance.

Diane Abbott comes from an authentic tradition of noble Labour politicians:  Tony Benn,  Michael Foot, Neil Kinnock, Ken Livingstone – these are people of integrity and valour who I mostly disagree with but who I have a deep respect for.

"I'm Oxbridge too don't you know"

If the alternatives are the oily Milliband brothers or the slippery Ed Balls then there should be no contest but I fear she cannot win.  She and Michael Portillo on “This Week” are the most balanced sofa in politics – despite ageing clubber Andrew Neil’s best efforts to caricature them.

The Milliband brothers are, of course, from the Tony Blair School Of Politics.  It’s also called “marketing”.  You don’t actually need to have any principles, you just research what the market wants and then provide it in a nice, shiny package with extra bonus points

I think that Ed Milliband will win because he still has an edge.  All the edges on his brother have been polished away.  He’s been burnished almost to Tony standards.  I could quite like Ed.  Maybe he’ll find his own voice if he’s given the chance.

Ed Balls?  As a Tory I’d love to see him as Labour leader.  It would be both entertaining and advantageous!

The Young Apprentice

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"It's not my fault!"

Doesn’t this  programme reveal the real truth about “The (Grown Up) Apprentice”?

All those retarded, celebrity-wannabees who would never have lasted five minutes in a real business were children themselves.  The very idea that any of them had any idea what they were talking about was just a hugely patronising insult to the viewer.  Incidentally, I’m reserving the title “The Adult Apprentice” for a really innovative little idea that’s on my very top shelf.

It’s an indictment of the researchers that work on this sort of lowbrow dross.  They chose the idiot contestants on “The (Grown Up) Apprentice” to fail and to indulge in all sorts of puerile angst and confrontation.  I prefer “The Young Apprentice”.  It’s much more honest, more amusing and entertaining without making the contestants look like idiots.   This is the way I would expect children to behave!

I can’t wait for one of the kids to call him Lord Suralan.   Seems to me he’d make a perfect chairman for the FA, which is just another load of nonsense for spoilt kids.

Anyway, in “The Adult Apprentice” you won’t get fired but you will be punished.

School Of Saatchi

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Quality television is difficult to find.  Yes, though there are hundreds of channels available, most of it is rubbish.  Of course, what constitutes “rubbish” is a moving target.  It depends on mood, snobbery, fashion, tribe and all sorts of complicated human emotions.  It’s always perplexed me why it’s so “cool” to work in telly but so “uncool” to watch it!

“School Of Saatchi” is another formulaic “reality” competition but it’s fantastic.  (BBC2, Mondays 9.00pm) It’s hugely entertaining but also very educational.  You can empathise with each of the contestants even though each one is a real weirdy.  You can get excited about whether they’ll meet their deadline and what the public vote will be on their bizarre “art”.

It’s the “X Factor” where “X” equals modern art and the chance to exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery and get a studio free for three years. The characters are eccentric and divine darling, particulary the asian boy with the spiky hair and Eugenie, the gorgeous 19 year old minx who wore her waders from suspenders in the last episode when her sculpture had to be installed in a pond!

There are the experts of course with Tracey Emin playing Arlene from Strictly and Charles’ advisors playing Nick and Margaret from The Apprentice or Sarah and David from The Restaurant.  The USP though is Charles himself or, rather, his absence.  The famously “camera-shy” Charles, dare I suggest it, is bound to make an appearance in the final programme.

Of course, Saatchi & Saatchi is my alma mater so perhaps I’m biased but within its cliched formula this programme is a delight.  In fact, perhaps it’s because it’s structure is such a cliche that it can explain things that are almost beyond explanation and give us mere mortals an insight into the minds of modern artists.