23 Aug 2016 15:59 - 23 Aug 2016 15:59#1255793by Evariste Euler Gauss
I absolutely fucking *adore* VC-M. I have never read anything she's written, or watched any telly she's been on, without feeling a little bit better about the world after doing so. I loved her "For Richer For Poorer" poker autobiography, and I love her Observer columns. Her OC banter is OK, and sometimes much better than that.
Last Edit: 23 Aug 2016 15:59 by Evariste Euler Gauss.
I've watched the last couple of episodes on iPlayer so I wasn't aware of this scheduling travesty. However I did wonder why an episode was being shown late on Friday evening. It was on this afternoon (Saturday) as well, wasn't it?
I mean why break up the partnership with University Challenge?
Anyway there's a little extra game I like to play when watching OC. I listen to the theme tune, of course, to get in the mood; then, like any sane person, I mute the volume before VCM has a chance to speak. Then, I have to lip-read her and try to toggle the sound back on the instant before she says "On my right..."
Thirded. It was ridiculous that being able to answer that question depended on being able to name a hypothetical sequence of films.
And yes, it's patently bollocks that the programme has been moved from its happy home on Mondays as University Challenge's slightly warped and a touch unruly younger sibling, to a nothing Friday slot where it's allegedly and completely needlessly meant to be complementing QI instead.
Or, in Wales, Saturday, where it complements neither – Sport Wales kicks it out of even the Friday night slot that it has moved to in much of the rest of the UK, so it's 24 hours later again west of the Severn Bridge. At least, on regular BBC Two. The only small mercy is that it's still available in the Friday slot if you go to BBC Two HD.
Not overly impressed with Victoria Coren's comment on the (spoiler alert?) Martinique/Réunion/Brittany/Mayotte connecting group that they are administrative regions of France "even though only Brittany is actually in France, the others are abroad". Well no, by very definition they are all in France.
I wonder if the quality had dipped a bit. I'm not overly enamoured with this new format which seems to be given teams a second chance. In the first round I'm ok with it, but now we are further down the line, giving losing teams another go just seems to be stretching it on and on. And agree with the earlier comments, it feels totally out of place on a Friday night.