Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don't phone, it's just for fun

Thursday, July 14, 2011
Is it just me or are the 'blink and you'll miss it' disclaimers you find sandwiching TV shows often more entertaining than the actual shows? This one is taken from the seminal episode of the Irish version of Dragons' Den.

That the producers have gone to the trouble of pointing out that "no offer is being made to or solicited from the viewing audience" suggests to me that in previous shows, someone, somewhere in the world has been sitting at home in their spag-bol stained string vest, can of Stella in one hand, novelty banana phone in the other with a wad of Monopoly money poised on a TV dinner tray waiting for the host to turn to them for their verdict.

Do they actually phone in when they can't get the Sky remote's interactive buttons to register their investment or decision to opt out? Consider my mind well and truly boggled.

The Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmare small-print is prime fodder too; "what you are about to see is entirely fictional, cobbled together by an out of work, two-bit scriptwriter for the purpose of salvaging Gordo's floundering restaurants". I'm paraphrasing, but that's the gist.



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