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5th May 2013

A most amazing blog
Posted by at 11.05pm | Stage | 1 response

Friday night I was in London with my good friend Ian Jones, to see The Book of Mormon, a minor production which has gained a small amount of “word of mouth” publicity.

Ian and Robert selfie

Fun fact: we spent so long faffing about getting this photo taken we failed to notice that the interval had ended and everyone else had gone back inside. Luckily we managed to get back to our seats before Act II began.

This is certainly a popular show – I had to book the tickets in September for a May performance. Eight months of anticipation and excitement: could the show possibly live up to the hype? Minor spoilers for Book of Mormon follow.

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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.