Charlie Brooker x 2
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
A year or so ago, I was on a pilot (a test show) for a new radio series that Charlie Brooker was thinking of making, called So Wrong It’s Right. I quite like doing pilots - it’s a good way to practise radio or TV, find out if it’s fun or terrifying, whether I’m even capable of doing it, in the safe knowledge that it’s only a test run so an audience will never see or hear it. Doesn’t matter if the answer is (a) terrifying and (b) no.
So I was a bit nervous to hear that So Wrong It’s Right was starting on Radio 4, including the episode that we recorded as a pilot. It was a year ago, I couldn’t remember anything about how it had been. But I listened last night and was pleasantly surprised, it was a really funny show. That was mainly because of Charlie himself, and the other brilliant guests Rufus Hound and David Mitchell, but I didn’t totally embarrass myself. Or rather, if I did totally embarrass myself, I hope it was in a funny way. Sorry not to tip it in advance on the news page, but I honestly didn’t know if I wanted people to listen or not. Now I’m reassured, I’ll put a link up in case you’re curious to hear it. I don’t think this link will work forever, but for at least a week it will be here.
(Note: I think that will only work if you’re in the UK.)
And So Wrong It’s Right continues, without me but certainly with Charlie Brooker and I expect a lot of excellent guests, on Tuesday nights at 11pm, Radio 4.
The timing is a bit odd, because tomorrow night I’m on Charlie Brooker’s TV show You Have Been Watching, 10pm on Channel 4. I haven’t seen that either, and in fact I won’t see it, because I’ll be playing the UKIPT tournament in Nottingham. So you have the chance to find out if I look like an idiot a long time before I will. But don’t be cross with me for hogging the airwaves (or indeed for stalking Charlie Brooker) because, in my defence, a year passed between these two recordings, they were just squidged together by the magic of broadcasting. I have no plans to be on TV again until Only Connect returns in the autumn!