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Sunday 02 January 1994
IN DAYS long gone, if you were looking for Boxing Day entertainment, you would have stepped out to watch the local men-folk carry a sodden pig's bladder from one end of your village to the other. These days you collapse in front of the television and watch Vinny Jones making a guest appearance on Battle of the Gladiators (ITV, Sunday). So nothing much changes, really.
Monday 20 December 1993
THE BRITISH obsession with the weather reaches its annual climax this week. Will it snow on Christmas Day? No, silly, of course it won't. A much more interesting question is: what does the future hold for the Carlton TV weather girl Sally Faber, a Princess Di lookalike who is being sued by her Tory MP husband for adultery?
Monday 12 October 1992
IT IS no wonder that fewer people watch television on Saturday night than Sunday. How can they be in front of their sets when, apparently, half the nation is in front of the cameras? ITV's new autumn season was chock-full of ordinary people in search of the holy grail of five minutes' television celebrity. From the professional yachtsman from Streatham on Gladiators, through the hopefuls on Blind Date, who all seemed to work for 'the sales and marketing division of a major international insurance company', to the last bewildered housewife on Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch, here were three long hours of - as Jeremy Beadle would put it - you, the Great British Public.
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