Robert Hampton

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24th February 2009

People, people who need Beautiful People
Posted by at 11.53pm | Television | No responses

Just found out, a fortnight after everyone else, that Beautiful People has been recommissioned.

This is fabulous news, not just because the first series was one of my televisual highlights of 2008, but also because it gives me a flimsy excuse to embed this joyous YouTube video again:-

29th December 2008

Mistletoe & Whine

I told people not to buy me chocolate for Christmas, but what was under the tree on December 25th? A Toblerone selection box and Cadbury Heroes as far as the eye could see. Of course, I could just not eat them, but if you think that’s an option for me, you clearly don’t know me very well.

Today was my first visit to the gym in 6 days (it’s been closed since Christmas Eve) and I could feel every miniature Dairy Milk bouncing around as I jogged on the treadmill.

Christmas itself was uneventful, just the way I like it. Excellently, I received the Rail Simulator Official Expansion Pack, giving me access to the Class 08 Shunter. I spent a happy Boxing Day rearranging virtual HST trailers at Old Oak Common depot, only to be told that my performance was terrible and I must do better next time. Well, if they will insist on parking Class 47s where I’m going to crash into them…

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19th October 2008

# Ease on down, ease on down the road…
Posted by at 6.24pm | Television | No responses

The thing that annoys me about BBC Two’s Comedy Thursdays is the inconsistency. For every Never Mind the Buzzcocks there’s a Mock the Week; That Mitchell and Webb Look was rapidly followed by Vivienne Vyle. Then there was The Peter Serafinowicz Show, which was just inconsistent in its own right.

When Beautiful People came along a couple of weeks ago, it didn’t win me over straight away. I’ve invested too much time in disappointing TV shows over the years, so anything new has to work hard to win me over. Also, I was slightly upset by the flashbacks to 1997, implying that my teenage years are now considered the province of rose-tinted nostalgia. I’M STILL YOUNG, DAMMIT!

Then in episode 2, completely out of the blue, the principal cast launch into a medley of hits from the musicals and I knew this was a show for me. I think it’s Meera Syal wondering around droning “Only women bleed” that puts the icing on the cake.