Cruis­ing with Jane MCD is must-sea TV

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IN other news of “shows I don’t like but can’t seem to switch off” (see Love Is­land) I was pleas­antly sur­prised by the new series of Cruis­ing With Jane Mcdon­ald.

The for­mer cruise ship singer picked up a Bafta for the C5 show last month, which frankly left me dumb­founded in hor­ror.

I found the last series tacky and dated. But I tuned in to this lat­est sea­far­ing jaunt around Aus­tralia and New Zealand on Friday and tried to em­brace the ex­traor­di­nary fan­dom out there.

The whole thing is akin to a cruise ship show: loud, camp, out­ra­geous, cheeky, with oc­ca­sional burst­ing into song. Jane loves an in­nu­endo – “That’s a big or­gan!” she yelled in­side the Syd­ney Opera House – but is game for a laugh.

The abil­ity to chat to any­one and try new things are two big ticks for a TV tour guide. I was won over, hook, line and sinker.

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