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Reliving the joys of an 80s TV Christmas

Jenny Morrill Dec 20, 2016

Russ Abbot, Bullseye, Noel Edmonds and a film we all watched in the same room. Christmas TV was more exciting in the 80s...

Cast your mind back to when Christmas Day wasn't about Doctor Who followed by sticking something on Netflix until it was time to go watch the annual fist fight outside the pub.

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In the 80s, Christmas was about seeing which fantastic fare the TV had decided to bless us with. Of course, the more prepared among us knew this well in advance, having eagerly pored over the Radio Times/TV Times to check that Jimmy Cricket's Family Laugh 'n' Waz would be shown. There it was – right after Reflections On The Eucharist With The Reverend Paul Leyland.
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TV Od: Matt Edmondson on angry commenters, Noel Edmonds and more

TV Od starts tonight, and seems pretty much right up our street. Hosted by Matt Edmondson, it's about all the online comments people make about television shows. Since we love Twitter and telly, we have a sneaking suspicion this could be one of our new favourites. Still, we wanted to know more, so we got Matt on the phone to find out...

People online can get very angry about television.

"Digital Spy isn't the worst offender for people getting angry and leaving comments. I think it's partly that thing of people getting passionate about TV, particularly with cult things. People get very opinionated about it. And I think people think they know what they are talking about. If someone disagrees then it's nice to have a lively debate, isn't it?

"Will I be getting comments from the DS forums? I don't know, sometimes they're a little bit worthy on there.
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Deal Or No Deal: investigating gameshow maths

Alex Carter Aug 19, 2016

As news breaks that Deal Or No Deal is coming to an end this autumn, we revisit the maths involved in Noel Edmonds' beard...

My first memory is of my dad getting into a fight with Noel Edmonds on the set of Telly Addicts. He had gotten so bored with the endless trivia that he fell asleep during one question, and woke up during another, and ran onto the stage to complain that David Jason wasn’t The Fugitive. If he found a colourful 80s gameshow boring, good lord knows what he makes of random guesstheboxathon Deal Or No Deal. He would probably implode into a coma.

But is it really just a game of chance? Unfortunately, try as you might, you can never get away from that agonising itch that it’s all just a completely random number guessing game. Albeit one with a delusional
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Investigating the maths of Deal Or No Deal

Step inside the dream factory for a chat about Noel Edmonds' beard and probability theory...

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My first memory is of my dad getting into a fight with Noel Edmonds on the set of Telly Addicts. He had gotten so bored with the endless trivia that he fell asleep during one question, and woke up during another, and ran onto the stage to complain that David Jason wasn’t The Fugitive. If he found a colourful 80s gameshow boring, good lord knows what he makes of random guesstheboxathon Deal Or No Deal. He would probably implode into a coma.

But is it really just a game of chance? Unfortunately, try as you might, you can never get away from that agonising itch that it’s all just a completely random number guessing game. Albeit one with a delusional man who has phone conversations with a non-existent financial warlord, and 4000 gallons of tears.
See full article at Den of Geek »

Noel Edmonds v Jeremy Paxman: The funniest moments

The BBC needs saving, according to Noel Edmonds. And apparently the man who gave us Mr Blobby, Telly Addicts and Noel's HQ is the man to save it.

Noel appeared on Newsnight on Monday night (March 17) to offer a deal (or should that be no deal) with the broadcaster, claiming that he was prepared to give the kiss of life to the corporation.

Thankfully, his generous offer came up against Jeremy Paxman, who was in a particularly derisory mood. What followed was hilarious television.

1. Paxman: "What do you think is the notional value of the BBC if it can be bought?" Noel: "I have absolutely no idea."

Ding, ding. Round one to Paxman.

2. Paxman: "Like-minded people? What, a lot of... with the greatest of respect, lots of blokes with beards who present afternoon television programmes. Who are these like-minded people?"

Noel claims to have a team of financial backers called Project Reith.
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Gogglebox: Channel 4's real-life Royle Family

The new documentary series aims to reveal how we watch television – and what we think of it. But is that likely to produce a compelling programme?

Television is literally a reflective medium: most viewers have had the experience of switching off a programme and seeing their own sofa-slumped image in the empty screen. But, over the decades, TV has tussled with the extent to which schedules should reflect the audience. Gogglebox, a four-part series starting on Thursday night at 10pm on Channel 4, is the latest attempt to incorporate criticism of the programmes within the programming.

Mirroring, deliberately or not, a number of experiments in the 70s and 80s, in which cameras were secretly placed inside sets – revealing, among other things, that viewers are prone to skip the adverts and to have settee sex during boring programmes – Gogglebox films various sets of relatives and friends as they watch the box.
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

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