The love of Light Entertainment
29th September 2009
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There are fights in our house in Tunbridge Wells on a Saturday night, usually over the remote control. The batteries have even been removed on occasion in a dastardly attempt at superiority and dictatorship. And the reason for all this trouble?

"Strictly Come Dancing is sappy - X Factor's much better"

"Don't make me laugh - Total Wipeout rocks"

"Come off it, Hole In The Wall is way funnier"

"When's dinner?"

And so on and so on.

We in the UK have returned to a love of Light Entertainment. We're passing on to our children - maybe in our genes - a love of watching Saturday Night TV with the family. We discuss it at work and school on a Monday, and set reminders on sky for the weekend.

Shows like X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing are fuelling the dreams of our own fame and fortune, allowing us to indulge in the glitz with no risk to our own self esteem or public image. Total Wipeout and Hole In The Wall are the Generation Game of our time, where other people make fools of themselves covered in slurry. I think the key here is it's all happening to Other People.

Personally I'm a little of an entertainment magpie and make the most of the shiny bits I come across by chance, and dip into them all in turn.

With contestants like TreyC Cohen on X Factor last week presenting herself on stage with a cracked and squeaky speaking voice a pre-pubescent boy would have been proud of, she then delivered a beautiful 'Friend In You' rendition that amazed just about everybody.

And it's the sadistic side of me that likes the judges in Strictly Come Dancing being so critical of what are - despite being 'celebrities' - ordinary people now placing their bodies under unfamiliar strain and feats of coordination. No concessions here, phrases like "careless slovenly footwork" would leave me deflated if I was standing there dressed in my best Cha-Cha-Cha getup, but the contestants bear it with grace (most of the time).

Now for pure gut-shaking belly laughs and giggle factor, you can't beat TW and Hole In The Wall. Richard Hammond delivers chuckly one-liners from his cosy UK studio, and the atmosphere in the crowd of Hole In The Wall is sheer baying delight.

In all of them there are tears, laughter, and usually a good dose of superiority. That's what the UK runs best on isn't it?

So tell me Tunbridge Wells - who do you watch on a Saturday night? is it Strictly, or X Factor? Hole In The Wall, or Total Wipeout?

Ditch the DVD - dance with the divas and delight in their determination!


Regards, Natelie Fitzroy

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