TV Repeats

Earlier this week I had a weird moment when I experienced a feeling of déjà vu and a premonition at exactly the same time. Luckily, I wasn’t driving my car at the time.

I was driving a mini-bus of OAPs to a day centre. I felt a little groggy, but I was stopped from passing-out when an old gentleman sat in the back shouted “Pull over”, so I did. I turned to ask him why he wanted me to stop and he said “I didn’t. I suddenly remembered I forgot my pullover!”

The past and the future merging together is a trend in television these days with many old TV series being dusted-off, re-made and updated.

We already have several new versions of old shows in the schedules, the most recent of which is “Sunday Night At The Palladium”. Not, as it was known when it ran through the 1950s and 60s, “Sunday Night At The London Palladium.

The sponsors of the programme, a bathroom company, refer to the series by its original title, indicating a lack of communication between them and the producers. Maybe the bath was running, so they didn’t quite hear them…

Several classic children’s programmes are returning, some being brought back from decades ago.

In 2015, look out for new versions  of “Clangers”, narrated by Michael Palin; “The Wombles”; “Dangermouse”; “Thunderbirds”; and.(Heaven help us)”Teletubbies”!

I thought they’d never gone away, but apparently the last episode was made in 2001.

Hopefully, they’ve got over their terrible accident when La La got a bit Dipsy, fell over the Po and landed on his Tinky Winky.

Among the old shows being revamped for Saturday nights is “Name That Tune.” Not to be confused with “X Factor” which is sometimes referred to as “Name That One In Tune!”

Another popular show returning is “Stars In Their Eyes”, originally hosted by Leslie Crowther before Matthew Kelly took over. And who have ITV decided should step into their shoes? None other than Harry Hill!

No, I couldn’t believe it when I first read it, either.

The big-collared one has never come across as someone who’s comfortable inter-acting with the public, but ITV must be cock-a-hoop that they signed him up after the ‘success’ of “ The Harry Hill Movie” which emptied cinemas everywhere. When I went to see it, the projectionist asked for his money back.

Not forgetting, though many people have tried, “I Can’t Sing” the musical he co-wrote which ran at the Palladium (the one in London!) for just two months. Apparently it made the Spice Girls musical “Viva Forever!” look like “Les Miserables”.

We’ll have to wait to see what stars get impersonated in the new series, but I don’t think they’ll ever top the classic moment when an accountant from Milton Keynes said “Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be Glenn Miller”, went through the doors into the smoke….and was never seen again!

You know what they say: sometimes, nostalgia isn’t what it used to be!