How to lose at the fame game
Friday 05 May 1995
Well, actually, you can. There is a whole breed of people out there who've been making a nice living from seemingly doing nothing but hang around where the other celebs are until someone gives them their own show. There are the nano-celebs, like Bruce Forsyth, the Elizabeth Hurleys, who made a good start in Christabel but went for the money instead, and there are the Danny Baker celebs who, like Dale, make a living from the fact that a certain type of Ordinary Person would sell their granny for their 15 minutes of fame.
Which is where the Weekend Show (7pm BBC1) comes in. Dale, whose major contribution to world culture thus far has been the early morning beanfest Supermarket Sweep, has teamed up with Charlie Parsons's Planet 24 to front this from-the-sofa roundup of Britain in all its ghastliness. With him are Lisa Tarbuck, a second-generation celeb, who is after "those quintessentially British stories" like plane-spotting and sheep-racing, and Daley Thompson, who is famous for having actually done something once. Friday may be Poets' day, but we recommend volunteering for a spot of overtime and not getting home 'til Coronation Street.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 3 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 4 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 5 UK weather: 'Coldest night of the year' tonight as freezing temperatures plummet to -10C
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk