ROLAND WHITE reviews last night’s TV: All hail the king of silliness and Liza Tarbuck’s fake beard
ROLAND WHITE reviews last night’s TV: everyone hails the king of TV follies – and Liza Tarbuck’s fake beard
Taskmaster: Champion of Champions 2022
The undiscovered Tony Hancock
Could there be a show on television that is more wonderfully, more joyfully meaningless than… Task Master (C4)†
It’s even more pointless than Pointless. I mean, was there ever a time when you thought to yourself, ‘What the viewing public needs to see right now is that Liza Tarbuck is eating a grape delivered by a rudimentary pulley system operated by Alex Horne while he’s on a stationary bike while wearing a sailor hat’?
If you’ve been thinking this, you should get a job on the show. Or you can seek medical help.
By the way, Liza wore a very convincing goatee beard and mustache. I know, I know: I’m as stunned as you are.
On last night’s episode of Taskmaster: Champion Of Champions 2022, Richard Herring defeated four other previous winners of the show. The show has already run for 13 series and four specials. PICTURED: Show hosts Greg Davies and Little Alex Horne
This is the magic of Taskmaster. It has no message and it doesn’t take itself seriously – it’s just a group of comedians doing very silly tasks for no other reason than to make us laugh. How wonderfully old-fashioned.
Last night’s episode was essentially the program’s Champions League final. Richard Herring beat out four other previous winners of the show.
He was second behind Liza until the last lap where he took a spectacular win.
Who would have thought he would be so adept at filling a briefcase and placing it on a platform so that task master Greg Davies couldn’t tell if it was filled with rocks or balloons? In fact, Richard was the only contestant who managed to do this.
The show has already run for 13 series and four specials. To come up with new challenges after all this time requires great ingenuity. But where does it go after this Champion Of Champions show?
In addition to Taskmaster, Channel 4 offered Drawers Off: The Big Naked Painting Challenge and Naked Attraction last night. Someone for Taskmaster In The Nude?
The Undiscovered Tony Hancock explored how Hancock (pictured) was a huge star in the UK in the 50s and 60s, but was desperate to succeed in America – Hollywood doesn’t like to fail
Elsewhere, we were reminded that this Saturday marks the 54th anniversary of comedian Tony Hancock’s suicide in Australia, where he had gone to relaunch his career.
The usual story is that Hancock was self-destructive and collapsed into depression and alcoholism.
But The undiscovered Tony Hancock (Sky Arts) argued that the usual story is wrong: that Hancock, a major star in the United Kingdom in the 1950s and 60s, was desperate for success in America. Unfortunately, Hollywood doesn’t do failures.
Hancock’s gloomy nature didn’t catch on, and his career never really recovered.
Host Victor Lewis-Smith led us through home movie footage and some long-lost sketches; took us on a tour of the flat where Hancock lived with his first wife; and suggested it was Hancock who paved the way for Alan Partridge and David Brent.
This Saturday marks 54 years since comedian Tony Hancock committed suicide in Australia, where he had gone to relaunch his career
Apparently he had a thing for the ladies. Carry On star Liz Fraser, who often shared a cab with Hancock, recalls: “I like to honor myself by saying he liked me.
“He asked me several times if I wanted to go to a hotel or something. I’m happy to say I never did.’
Also on the program was a Norwegian version of Hancock’s most celebrated sketch, The Blood Donor.
Norwegians give blood in litres, so the best rule is: ‘A pint? That’s almost an armful’ — translated as, ‘Half a liter? You could tap a finger.”
Not quite the same, right?
Christopher Stevens is gone.