It is nice to know why the BBC is always claiming to need extra licence fee money - it is to pay presenters wages for dross like this which did not even do very well in the ratings. The poor ratings are hardly a mystery - just look at the guests - Jordan, Vernon and Tess Kay, Patrick Kielty, Jade Goody, need I go on? It is no wonder the chat is so poor when you have such non-achievers on the programme. Even the dreadful Johnathon Ross and the increasingly lightweight Parkison can get Hollywood A-listers week-in, week-out. Perhaps if she had been given another series this might have been improved but I think not. Maybe she didn't see the problem as much as most chat hosts, as being the presenter of Big Brother she must be used to making non-entities appear more exciting than they genuinely are.
Davina McCall is desperately hyperactive as usual, but does not really gel with the guests, or make you feel their answers are anything but rehearsed. Why the BBC felt the need to pay her a fortune to come over from Channel 4 I don't know. Her previous show for the BBC was pulled from the schedules after only a few weeks. There was very little real humour in the chat except that they seemed to find themselves hilarious. Anybody who had seen her attempt at a sitcom should have been prepared for this.
I would not have expected highly charged political debate, but this was ridiculous, asking taxing questions like the colour scheme for a guest's kitchen. This is really only for people who treat dull celebrity gossip as must-have information.
Glad to see that for once the BBC had the guts to admit to its mistake and saved us from another series. Now all they need to do is accept that Johnathon Ross isn't funny and they can save £6 million a year which will keep many harder working BBC staff in employment without raising the licence fee too much.
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