Do you know what I miss? 10 O’Clock Live. I was mildly perturbed when it finished - I came to really enjoy David Mitchell’s pug-faced indignance, Jimmy Carr’s biting asides and quizzical meerkat features and Charlie Brooker’s rasping infectious cynicism. Lauren Laverne was a bit of a bum note in the beginning, but she really began to grow on me to the point I found her utterly beguiling and delightful come series end.
And during the Hackgate scandal? Oh, how it would have perfectly captured the British appetite for biting humour, slapstick and cutting down those tall poppies. It would have been wonderfully hilarious and unrepentantly focused on bringing down those who have been trying to hide their wrongdoing. It would have been a great chance for that show to transcend from entertainment to vital part of the UK news landscape.
People have been going on for years about needing our own version of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show in Britain, but I think with 10 O’Clock Live we ended up with something better – American stand-ups are rubbish, and our fair green isles reign supreme in the art of being quite funny. Let’s hope a new series comes along soon...
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