Thursday, April 23, 2015


In the endless search for a new saviour of Saturday night tv, the BBC's entertainment commissioner (and deputy director of television) Mark Linsey (Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge and Leicester Polytechnic Performing Arts) is giving variety yet another go, this time hosted by John Bishop.

John's Lola Productions, which has a "first look" deal with BBC Worldwide, is recording at the Hackney Empire over four Wednesdays in May and June. This apparently should produce sufficient material for eight shows.

What's new ? The acts are apparently "hand-picked and curated" by John Bishop. This is possibly one of the first sightings of "curation" in this branch of showbiz, which will have Lew Grade and Billy Cotton chortling in their graves. It may also be code for "people you've never heard of..."

You will, of course, see John Bishop again, probably in another cheeky travelogue. Ain't life grand ?
  • An alternative answer for Saturday nights, post the General Election, might be Nigel Farage. His BBC1 interview with Evan Davis, recorded in the Michael Crick Institute, brought in 2.54m viewers (14% share) in the overnights - double the figures achieved by Ed Miliband and David Cameron in the same slot. 

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