Inspired by the Radio Times list I mentioned the other day I am collating my own worst British television programmes. The first that springs to mind is from last year – Nigella, a chat show on ITV1. In a now defunct expired and deleted blog last July I posted the following on NIgella.
As an example of the quality of the programmes this taster from a couple of weeks ago [start of July 2005] should suffice,
“On tomorrow’s show Nigella entertains classical singer turned sparkling popstress Charlotte Church. Aside from finding out what the party girl has been up to recently, Nigella will be asking her to get her hands on not Welsh beef (no, Gavin Henson won’t be there!) but Welsh lamb whilst making some delicious burgers. Times columnist Jonathan Gornall and Mail journalist Jaci Stephens will be on hand to talk about the latest Nigella Poll which looks at the British view on soul mates. Do they exist? Do we believe we’ve met them? And if we have, are we still with them? Everyone will be joining in the Handbag Game – where you have to try and guess whether one bag costs less or more than the previous one. Today it’s Mock Crocs – the bags that everyone will be dancing round this Autumn. But can you really tell the difference between a twenty pound bag and a six hundred pound one? To end the show, Nigella will be surprising ten lucky audience members by giving them a fantastic limited edition Lavender Kitchenaid and she will be cooking a wonderful Summer Pudding – a combination of soft fluffy cream, crunchy meringue and strawberries. Mmmm!”
The past few months have not been good for the Lawson family. Poor Dominic was ousted from the Sunday Telegraph and now Nigella is flatlining on ITV. Connoiseurs of the truly atrocious must watch now before it is too late and here’s hoping Nigel and the rest of the family is in good health. Bad things come in threes after all.
There is some rubbish on daytime television. But the sheer ineptitude of the show – coupled with the general ITV output at the time (and since) meant that for me this ranks in the bottom 10 of British TV shows.
I’ll post on other awful shows as time and inclincation permit.