Wednesday, 1 June 2016
405 It'll Be Alright On The Night
First viewed : Uncertain
I'm not sure when I first caught an episode of this occasional but perennial series which has been running since 1977.
The format is extremely simple , just a set of bloopers and TV disasters sourced from around the world with supposedly humorous links from a studio host. The latter factor made it challenging for me to watch as the host for its first thirty years was the intensely irritating old fart Dennis Norden, with his stupid clipboard, who was as funny as toothache.
Of course some of the clips were hilarious - seeing Richard Whiteley with the ferret hanging off his finger raises a laugh every time - but many , consisting of some unknown US regional TV host corpsing at nothing in particular, were repetitive and dull. This was not ITV at its best and could be said to encourage short attention-span viewing.
The shows were repeated a lot so unless you were following the numbering intently - difficult for an occasional show - you often ended up just watching the same set of clips again.
Norden finally packed up his clipboard in 2006 at the age of 84 ( he's still alive at the time of writing ) and two years later the show resumed with Griff Rhys-Jones in his place. Apparently there's another one due this Saturday.