EAT ME – Published: 24 Mar 2006

Comics and writers are always commenting that TV has become so daft, you can’t even parody it any more.

If, for example, Armando Iannucci thinks up a silly reality concept in order to mock the state of current TV, chances are there’s something just slightly madder which has actually gone into production.

In this week’s Radio Times, Channel Five have this for your entertainment, Wednesday everning…

8.00 Alive: Back to the Andes
New Series 1/3. The epic journey of two survivors of the Andes aircrash of 1972, famed because Uruguayan rugby players on the plane had to eat the flesh of their dead team-mates to live, is re-created by four celebrities. Chef Jean-Christopher Novelli, actor and prospective Conservative Parliamentary candidate Adam Rickitt, Lord Freddie Windsor and lifestyle guru Carole Caplin must trek for ten days in one of the world’s most inhospitable mountain ranges in temperatures of minus 30 degrees. Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa, the real-life survivors, also relive the ordeal. The film Alive, on the same subject, follows.

9.00 MOVIE: Alive ****
The harrowing drama based on etc.

11.30 X-Rated: Inside Naked News
A behind-the-scenes look at the unusual lives of three presenters from Canada’s Naked News networks.

Can’t resist having a pass at these myself…

8.00 Alive: Back to the Andes
New Series 1/3. The epic journey of two survivors of the Andes aircrash of 1972, famed because Uruguayan rugby players on the plane had to eat the flesh of their dead team-mates to live (and some German tourists, some old people, some kids, a businessman, actually quite a good selection to nibble on when you think about it), is re-created by four celebrities (I’ve heard of one of them). Chef Jean-Christopher Novelli (why are they bringing a Chef? Don’t tell me they are going to…surely not!), actor and prospective Conservative Parliamentary candidate Adam Rickitt (just follow the link, it’s all far too cock-a-squit to explain), Lord Freddie Windsor (he’s a f**king royal! Luckily for the entire nation, Prince Michael’s marriage to a Roman Catholic disbarred him from succession to the throne under the provisions of the Act of Settlement 1701. God, we’re an enlightened, progressive nation. Makes you proud, dinnit? Queen Mum, Lloyd Geroge, The Beatles, gawd bless ’em…) and lifestyle guru Carole Caplin (Guru my arse! If she’s anything she’s an Associate Lifestyle Augmentation Officer, or ‘friend’ as we used to call them. Go on. Put that on your CV. Associate Lifestyle Augmentation Officer. Get a job with the Blairs and go on telly ) must trek for ten days in one of the world’s most inhospitable mountain ranges (I bet there are plenty worse) in temperatures of minus 30 degrees. Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa, the real-life survivors, also relive the ordeal (for money. It’s what their pals they ate would have wanted). The film Alive, on the same subject, follows.

9.00 MOVIE: Alive ****
The harrowing drama based on etc.

11.30 X-Rated: Inside Naked News
A behind-the-scenes look at the unusual lives of three presenters from Canada’s Naked News networks. (At last, a proper programme! Thank goodness. And I bet even though everyone at Naked News is naked, they still work to higher journalistic standards than the Fox Network. )

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A visitor‘ left this comment on 24 Mar 06
Fiction is stranger than Truth…Thanks Channel 5!
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