Touching Evil (US)

ITV3 has just started (as of 45 minutes ago) showing the US version of Touching Evil. If you can, watch it because it’s a remarkable thing: a remake of a UK show that’s better than original. The UK version, starring Robson Green, was awful, a collection of clichés and predictability that made you wonder what could have possessed the likes of Paul Abbot and Russell T Davies when they wrote it. It so badly wanted to be a US show, but could only imitate and badly at that.

The US version, which was exec-produced by Bruce Willis of all people, took those clichés and ran with them. The throwaway “characterisation” of having the hero, David Creegan, shot in the head – something that never seemed to affect him in any way in the UK version – was a vital point in the US version.

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Jimmy Carr: why

You may have noticed the ubiquity of a certain stand-up on Channel 4’s screens in the last year or so. You, like me, may have wondered why he’s on every programme when he is, quite clearly, not very funny or likeable. In fact, both he and June Sarpong are on my personal list of “Top ten people to have sent to the Big Brother house indefinitely, with the cameras off and no food, so a bizarre Lord of the Flies situation slowly emerges” purely as a result of Your Face Or Mine?, the most deeply unpleasant show on tele in a long while.
I now know why and I bring good news.
It turns out Jimmy’s days may be numbered. You see, Channel 4’s commissioning system has resulted in a situation where no one knows exactly what’s in each show – at least, not enough to spot the fact that Jimmy Carr’s in everything until the shows actually broadcast.
But, my spies at C4 tell me that it has been noticed and the powers that be are doing everything in their power to have Carr removed from our screens ASAP.
Praise be.