Hole In the Wall

Saturday night TV has never been so interesting. X- Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, The Hairy Bakers, Channel 4’s rerunning of the Lord Of The Rings films. and CSi and Law and Order on Five.

Things are good. Starting all this televisual goodness on a saturday evenings viewing is definately the new  BBC1 Show – Hole In The Wall.

The basic ideas is that celebrities, (the standard of celebrity you would see on Celebrity Masterchef, not upto strictly come dancing level but probably above celebrity wife swap), dress up in skin tight suits and attempt to contort their bodies into shapes, which have been cut into a plystyrene wall. This wall is driven towards the contestants and they try to avoid getting pushed by the wall into a swimming pool.

Apparently the BBC commissioned this after the popularity of the Japanese original show on video sharing websites. (Like youtube).

I like it

It is inherantly funny watching anyone being pushed into a pool of water by an oncoming wall of polystyrene. it is inhreantly funny watching ‘celebrities’ trying to laugh like they don’t care about fitting through a wall when they really do. Ultimately it is just funny what people will do for a bit of fame and celebrity.

The keys to the program are the light tone set by the host Dale Winton, the over-the-top commentry of Jonathon Pearce, (however annoying it does perfectly sum up the saturday evening  light entertainment feel.) and the insesant loud music clips in celebration and defeat. The other thing which makes the program is the way the action actually relentlessly drives forward.

It is telly heaven. Throwaway, short, sharp, and to the point. Entertainment as it should be.