Thursday, October 23, 2008


Please tell me - why did I watch the third and final episode of 'Sunshine'?

Why on earth did I stick with the most disappointing sentimental schmaltzy slushy series that's been on the beeb for years?

How could I bear to see King Theoden of Rohan (aka Yosser Hughes) reciting those boring war stories to his too good to be true chubby grandson. It made the Werther's Originals advert look edgy.

How could I subject myself to another dose of alleged Courtney Love lover Steve Coogan with his Hollywood teeth and artificial tears?

It was yet another example in my life of 'The Triumph of Hope over Experience'.

I'd rewatched my Early Doors DVD again recently and I still found it wonderful.
Phil and Nige the coppers are still my comic heroes.

I'm very loyal.

I’d forgotten that James McAvoy (now a superstar) was in the first series. He progressed from Early Doors to Shameless as did Maxine Peake who later became Myra Hindley and John Prescott’s girlfriend. And of course our esteemed ex deputy PM was played by the stout landlord who is now advertising our soon to be extinct Post Office.

Tommy in the corner passed through Corrie as Sinbad’s dad before ending up with the only funny part in Sunshine.

The only thing you can say for Sunshine is that it drew attention to gambling addiction which probably destroys as many families as Alcoholism.

But if you live in Stockport what else is there to do?



Blogger liits said...

If you watch the DVD [of the first series] and listen to the commentary by Craig Cash, he mentions that McEvoy had gone on to greater things. The series if funny but the commentary is funnier still!

8:27 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Dire every northern cliche going sentimental tosh.

I didn't even watch the final episode.

9:40 pm  
Blogger Gordie said...

I don't really know. Have you got any advice on how to deal with a horny, drunk, Muslim woman?

10:45 pm  
Blogger tom909 said...

Oh my, sometimes I wonder about what I like on the telly. I really enjoyed that 'sentimental slush'. By the end of it I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.
I must learn to be more critical and discerning in the future.

11:16 pm  
Blogger I, like the view said...

I read Atonement (but can't remember what happened. . .) didn't see the film. . . have no idea which tv programmes you're referring to. . .

but having read this, now I will be able to refer knowledgably to them

cheers KAZ

11:35 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

At first I thought you meant Tommy Harris who was killed on Corrie by daughter Katy but now I see the error of my ways.

He's Grandad Morton, isn't he?

It's so hard to keep up with you Brits sometimes.

4:41 am  
Blogger ziggi said...

never even noticed it the listings! Glad I didn't miss anything. Too busy watching reruns of House! Loved Shamelss though (and McEvoy). Himself (coming from more north than even Birmingham) made me watch all the eopisodes of Preston Front recently and although I never admitted it to him, I quite enjoyed them.

7:19 am  
Blogger ziggi said...

never even noticed it the listings! Glad I didn't miss anything. Too busy watching reruns of House! Loved Shamelss though (and McEvoy). Himself (coming from more north than even Birmingham) made me watch all the eopisodes of Preston Front recently and although I never admitted it to him, I quite enjoyed them.

7:19 am  
Blogger ziggi said...

double vision? It wasn't even worth saying once I do apologise!!

7:20 am  
Blogger Steve said...

I was tempted by Sunshine - just to see Coogan in a straight role but then... the impetus waned and I couldn't be bothered. I'm glad now. I obviously have instinctive lethargy. If I want to watch a show that highlights the destructive nature of gambling I'll dip into classic Cracker.

7:27 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

I didn't know the DVD had a commentary.
I'll look forward to that.
If it makes me laugh I may forgive Craig.

Isn't everything in England Southern for you?

I could give advice on horny drunk women or Muslim women - but not the three together.

Hi Tom:
Nowt wrong with being a bit of a softie.
But I was expecting a laugh.

The film of Atonement was surprisingly good.
'Early Doors' was a classic - but gone forever.

Well done - you get your Corrie Spotters badge.
You'd like 'Early Doors' - Corrie with laughs.

You can have your 'Honorary Northerner' badge.
In fact you can have two.

I believe double vision is very common at this time on a Friday morning.

7:29 am  
Blogger tony said...

I havnt watched any of these...............(scratches head) So 'cant give you a sensible comment.ALTHOUGH!!!!!!
a horny, drunk, Muslim woman based on the life of Myra Hindley (a Musical?) might entice me back to the telly..............

7:31 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

He tried to do 'loveable' and he isn't.

7:32 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

(everyone's slipping in today)
I think that idea has legs.
I'll use my influence with Bill Kenwright.

7:37 am  
Blogger Dave said...

I was watching BBC2 at the time. Glad I didn't miss anything.

I didn't realise that Yosser Hughes was King Theoden of Rohan, so that's something learned today. Glad he got a decent job, anyway.

8:01 am  
Blogger scarlet-blue said...

"It was yet another example in my life of 'The Triumph of Hope over Experience'"

Yep, I have many of these examples in my life as well!
One day I'll learn . . .

9:20 am  
Blogger Murph said...

Coogan is the master but does need the right vehicle, a bit like a modern day Tony Hancock.

Must dash. Crime won't crack itself, y'know.

10:24 am  
Blogger ziggi said...

eh, thanks,

where shall I stick it?

11:40 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

I liked Paul Calf (especially his sky blue pants) but hate everything else Coogan has done (including Alan Partridge). His voice really really really annoys me. I love Rob Brydon, though.

I couldn't bear the last Royle Family and Sunshine was a step up from that in soppyness.

The Morton grandad must have died in the corner of the Rovers they never film.

1:14 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I try to educate and inform.
Bernard Hill was doing fine until this one. But as you say he'll be laughing all the way to the bank.

Scarlet - Blue:
It's the theme of my life - and you won't.

But why couldn't Craig Cash get it right - as in funny?
I see you remember Phil and Nige as well.

You pin it on your ample womanly chest.

Paul and Fat Bob were great.
Coogan obviously wants to be an 'actor'.
Perhaps Craig's in love, joined AA or been born again.

5:42 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

Just horribly mawkish. I don't know how you managed to put up with watching all of the episodes - about twenty minutes of the first one was enough for me. Mainstream comedy writers always seem to go that way eventually, don't they? Same with Ricky Gervais.

7:46 pm  
Blogger scarlet-blue said...

Cheers! Though I have a hunch you're right!

11:51 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Most useful.

I watched the first episode with my hopes dwindling as it unfolded. The next episodes are still on the hard drive but haven't yet persuaded me to watch them. They'll probably get deleted.

9:09 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

How did I put up with it?
I'm just very loyal - I couldn't believe Craig Cash would let me down so badly and kept waiting for a laugh.
I suppose it must be difficult to stay edgy and offensive for more than a few years - and then there's the money. Maybe Sunshine will go down well in the States.

Where would we be without it.

Isn't a hard drive a wonderful thing?
I must have been recording something on t'other side.
Was it that 'British Style Genius'?

8:58 am  
Blogger Rimshot said...

"It made the Werther's Originals advert look edgy"

Lovely bit of writing there!

8:07 pm  
Blogger Donn Coppens said...

I just finished The Long Firm..I loved was brilliant especially compared to what we get here..
the dozen versions of CSI like CSI Chad and CSI Lithuania ugh!
and all those ghastly reality shows that are so unrealistic..
shouldn't it be illegal to stage and script reality shows?

4:59 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hello again Rimshot:
Werther's originate in your homeland don't they?

I missed The long Firm - but I love Mark Strong.
The only capital letter cop one I watch is NCIS.
What I'd really like to find is something that really makes me laugh

9:42 am  

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