The footballer's venture into the world of talkshows is unlikely to impress the King of Chat
Lost in Showbiz has long concurred with the great Michael Parkinson about the sorry state of the British talkshow. They are trivial, he has claimed. How sad, and how true. So thank God the antidote has arrived with the announcement of Sky's latest venture into the world of chat: On the Couch With Peter Crouch. Who can have failed to thrill to the news that the Stoke and England striker has made the move into television? Surely not anyone who, like LiS, still holds dear the memory of perhaps the greatest TV comedy show of them all, Rio Ferdinand's World Cup Wind Ups. Who cannot fail to be buoyed by Crouch's eminent qualification for his new task, as adduced by a nameless "source" in the Sun this week? "Peter has a good command of the English language," they offered, thus explaining why he got the job where initial candidates – Nancy Dell'Olio, Leandro Penna, Margerita Pracatan and the Swedish chef off the Muppets – failed.
And what was it that Michael Parkinson thought was lacking from chat shows these days? "Men of intellect, men of tremendous opinion" who "didn't intellectually downgrade themselves … to appear on television"? LiS can only point open-mouthed to the Sun's thrilling mocked-up picture of what is apparently to be one of the show's first encounters – "Crouchy" interviewing Liam Gallagher "in a quirky way" – and mouth those words again: men of intellect, men of tremendous opinion. With all due respect to Barnsley's avuncular King of Chat, LiS fears it may have to delve even further into televisual history than his heyday to find a suitable comparison. Perhaps not since 1959, when John Freeman travelled to Switzerland to interview Carl Jung, has this kind of intellectual tete a tete been broadcast on British television. LiS can barely wait. Read More
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