Show­cas­ing an­other se­lec­tion of slip-ups

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

Take a look at ITV’s Satur­day night sched­ule – go on. For two hours be­tween 8pm and 10pm, the evening’s prime­time, it features prob­a­bly the day’s cheap­est pro­grammes to pro­duce. Noth­ing wrong with a bit of thrift, of course, and it just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a for­tune to make good, old-fash­ioned en­ter­tain­ment. So keep your CGI spe­cial ef­fects and big-bud­get tal­ent shows – give the new run ofYou Saw Them Here First and All New It’ll Be Al­right on the Night (Satur­day, ITV, 9pm) a watch in­stead. The lat­ter has be­come a ver­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tion over the years. Those with long mem­o­ries will re­mem­ber that it was orig­i­nally pre­sented by De­nis Nor­den, a leg­end in com­edy cir­cles thanks to his writ­ing part­ner­ship with Frank Muir. When their part­ner­ship broke up as Muir moved into man­age­ment at the BBC, Nordern con­tin­ued writ­ing. Then, in 1977, he be­gan pre­sent­ing It’ll Be Al­right on the Night, a show in­spired by the Amer­i­can se­ries Bloop­ers, which fea­tured clips of ac­tors and TV pre­sen­ters mak­ing mis­takes while record­ing films, pro­grammes and news re­ports. It was an in­stant suc­cess. Of course there were only three chan­nels back then, but it’s still a rat­ings-win­ner for ITV. Nor­den is now 94 and re­tired from the pro­gramme in 2006. Many be­lieved it would then be axed, but two years later, Griff Rhys Jones took over and has in­tro­duced one-off edi­tions spo­rad­i­cally ever since. He’s man­aged to slot in the record­ing of this episode be­fore re­turn­ing to the West End for the first time in five years; it was re­cently an­nounced that he would star in a new pro­duc­tion of Moliere’s The Miser at the Garrick The­atre next March. “I do some­times han­ker af­ter a more reg­i­mented life,” ad­mits the per­former, whose ca­reer has been some­what eclec­tic.“I've been in­volved in en­ter­tain­ment of one kind or an­other for many years now. Some­times I feel I out to go and get a proper job, but it's a bit late for that.” In­stead, he will spend an hour tonight in­tro­duc­ing clips of El­ton John, David Beck­ham and Ricky Ger­vais, fum­bled takes from the sets of Coro­na­tion Street, EastEn­ders and Mr Sel­fridge, and of Jeremy Kyle hav­ing a painful en­counter with a rogue cam­era. But best of all are a col­lec­tion of mis­takes from The One Show, which prove just how per­ilous live TV can be.

Blooper reel Griff Rhys Jones presents

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