Nov 06

Goodie Whispering

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Tonight’s televisual entertainment was twofold. A repeat (I missed it the first time round, dunno about you) of Bill Oddie’s How To Watch Wildlife saw everyone’s shortest Goodie meandering around his manor of Hampstead Heath extolling the various natural virtues of said urban wilderness through each of the four seasons.The difference between Oddie’s style of wildlife presenting and David Attenborough’s current series Planet Earth couldn’t be more different. Attenborough’s relaxed, measured narration is the to Oddie’s frantic bumbling and constant self-interruption. “As you can see up in this tree is a – Oooh hang on, there’s a kingfisher! Look!”

I’m sure one would never catch our Dave kicking through piles of autumn leaves (totally unheeding of the hidden perils left by the four-legged visitors to the Heath), whilst informing viewers that in America autumn is referred to as “The Fall” then bursting into a Frank Sinatra number. I felt quite sorry for Bill when the lack of fauna that weren’t crows started to get to him a little in winter. Infront of the overcast and bleak view out to Canary Wharf, he urged the viewer to “regularly visit your local patch – every day if you can.” Needless to say there were no scenes shot at dusk. Bill must keep those to himself. “I like to be where it’s at, where the action is, but without the Heath I would go totally nuts.” Right you are Bill.

I’ve only visited Hampstead Heath a couple of times. On my next visit I will make sure to look out for the two escaped green parakeets that live there (“I prefer the story that they once belonged to Jimi Hendrix!”). No such tropical fauna or seamless link to this week’s Ghost Whisperer – a bizarre episode where Jenny Love Hewitt visits a circus. Without revealing too many spoilers, our Jen sorts out a magician (defiant), his brother (dead), his wife (psychic AND pregnant) and A HORRID VENTRILOQUIST’S DUMMY NOES. Add to that a fair few plot threads that aren’t resolved at all and an abrupt ending with Jenny in tears, and you have the makings of classic telly.


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    Tim on 8 Nov 2006 #

    Whispererer note: again with the seeing the ghost “go into the light”. Last week he just faded out. This week the lightgoer also faded, but FEET FIRST!

    Anotherer note: actual real murdererer in this one, but even then there is no suggestion that JLH will shop the baddies to the Old Bill. She really is an social worker!

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    Kat on 8 Nov 2006 #

    I was a bit distracted right at the end so I missed the light-fading – is JLH sobbing away because she is UP THE DUFF hence her constant avoidance of subject/sympathy with mums-to-be? Is she worried about whether her child will have the same gift OR IS IT A CURSE etc

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    RickyT on 8 Nov 2006 #

    It appears from that photo that Jenny’s face has learned how to make a new expression! Perhaps she had too much perky-juice the previous night and is suffering from a comedown.

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    Tim on 8 Nov 2006 #

    That expression is transitional, I think, most likely between JLHMODE3 and JLHMODE2 (as set out here).

    Last week Perky Jen was manfully batting away the suggestion that they might procreate pronto, even though she’s just GREAT with kids. Thing is, she always thought her mum didn’t have “The Gift”* and it therefore skipped a generation. Now it turns out her mum can see the dead, but chooses rudely to ignore them, and therefore any smelly issue of Jen’s will likely be chatting with st1ffs left, right, and centre. This has made our Jenny spooked, ironically enough. Last night I thought she was just crying because she usually cries when people make it to the light and leave behind their loved ones.

    I have no doubt that there will soon be tiny Gordons to be menaced by sprits who turn out to be kindly souls after all.

    *Yes yes, by the Jam, obv. More of a “Modern World” girl, if you see what I mean.

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    Kat on 8 Nov 2006 #

    I just realised I totally missed out a word in my first paragraph. I was trying to say something along the lines of “Bill Oddie is the Yoda to David Attenborough’s Obi Wan” but couldn’t think of anything at the time so left a gap. Bad Kat! Even the above Star Wars analogy doesn’t really get to the gist of what I meant – Yoda is more scatty than Obi Wan but nowhere near as scatty as Bill Oddie.

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    Kat on 9 Nov 2006 #

    Bill Oddie is fast becoming the star of tonight’s episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks, which has magically transformed into a thing of wonder under the firm (matron) guidance of Simon Amstell. Ahh. Lovely Simon.

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