Strictly John Sergeant

When it comes to John Sergeant I’m breaking a self-imposed rule not to blog about people I know. I’ve been a colleague of his for over 30 years. I’m a bit younger and a bit less overweight but we have a background in common. Now all has changed and mentioning him seems like name dropping. For the first time in my life I’ve voted in a talent show and naturally, it was for him. By voting week by week for John’s astute charm and well deserved dancing modesty, the people have rebelled against the whinging judges. Is it whole thing turning sour? Now that Mandy has hopped on board the bandwagon effect is getting serious. The acid TV reviewer AA Gill reminded them what Strictly was about.

Strictly Come Dancing is not a dancing competition. The X Factor is not a talent contest. The Queen Vic is not a real pub, and Basil Brush isn’t actually a talking fox. They are all entertainments. Hands up anyone who remembers the name of the men’s ski-jump gold medallists the year Eddie the Eagle came last? Exactly. Who knows, who cares?

Although in his youth John had been a straight man in the celebrated satirical review Beyond the Fringe, he had been a pretty straight and sober sort of political correspondent throughout his career. That level headedeness is standing him in good stead, as well as putting up his market rate for after dinner speeches. Like Mandelson I’m green with envy. The only drawback for John is the price of fame that will make it more difficult for him to pass unnoticed at the supermarket check-out or on the tube, which is where I mostly tend to bump into him these days. I expect he’ll cope. Good luck to him.. All the same, spare a thought for poor Cherie Lunghi, she’s still such a babe…

  • Yes, this is definitely a case of the mouse that finally roared. Whilst obviously I do not watch the program, (we lefties have to say such things to keep our street cred with the young comrades;) I cannot but enjoy the discomfort and total bafflement that the judges have displayed over the viewers refusal to vote John Sargent and his delectable partner out.

    The poor judges seem to be oblivious to the fact that the program makers have set them up to be patsy’s as much as they have the viewers and contestants. The program is pure show business, not come dancing. If anyone doubts this they should take note of how the program is cut and pasted.

    priceless stuff

  • Daisy

    “The poor judges seem to be oblivious to the fact that the program makers have set them up to be patsy’s as much as they have the viewers and contestants.”

    Or perhaps the judges like to up their own profiles by causing a commotion… It’s all good for the viewing figures.

  • ulsterfan

    IS ANYONE REALLY INTERESTED?

  • I see Slugger has joined the ‘Strictly Come X-Factor, Get Me Out of Here‘ mainstream media trail.

    Well at least, Mr Walker has an excuse…

  • Brian Walker

    Thanks Patrick, just a bit of fun and oldie solidarity. And six million are interested ulsterfan IN CAPS, with untold, uncomputed thousands in the Rep.

  • ulsterfan

    I suppose there will be some therapy available very soon for such sorely afflicted souls.

  • Perhaps the whole thing is a Marxist plot to deny the good people of the British isles excellent TV programs, like this. I wonder if Harry has any inside info, or Rory come to that as he appears to be behind all this subversion.

  • Ann

    Hands up anyone who remembers the name of the men’s ski-jump gold medallists the year Eddie the Eagle came last? Exactly.

    Wrong question Brian. Don’t think he beat anybody. Eddie beat the system and found a way to qualify for the games. Even though he wore coke thick glasses.

    John looks awfully girlie in that photo 🙂

    I’ve never watched it, but I’d like a show of hands as to how many of sluggers macho blokes watch desperate housewives?

  • Driftwood

    I’ve only seen 5 minutes. Its crap, but still better than Stephen Nolan Live.
    Anyway, are we all supposed to vote for ‘our’ Christine?

  • Ann

    Don’t think he beat anybody

    Should read, ‘even though he didn’t beat anybody’.

  • Blind, mad or lieing?

    “John looks awfully girlie in that photo”

    What the hell are the girls like where you come from?

  • Brian, I know, I know – I don’t mean to be curmudgeonly!

    Nothing wrong with a bit of Saturday night harmless fun telly. It’s just that when it takes over all the other nights … and the newspapers too.

    Bread and circuses.

  • Brian Walker

    Patrick, there are actually a couple of slightly serious points. One is anti-oldie prejudice which is rife. The other, slightly at odds with it is this: is Strictly a proper competition? If so, there should either be minimum talent standards and pre-show heats. Or else anything goes and the public has the weight of decision. At least this time the BBC can’t be accused of deceiving viewers.

  • I wince at the anti oldie stuff too, Brian. I’m shocked at how bluntly this is put and I think John Sargeant is fantastic at keeping his good humour in the face of it.
    The BBC is playing with dangerous elements here. They put John in to throw the thing out of kilter and it may have gone to far and jeopardised the whole format.
    But how much barking at a cheery old buffer can they allow before it begins to look like abuse?

  • Ann

    “John looks awfully girlie in that photo”

    What the hell are the girls like where you come from?

    Posted by Blind, mad or lieing? on Nov 17, 2008 @ 10:13 PM

    Are you stupid as well?

    Girly as in feminine.

  • Ann

    Posted by Blind, mad or lieing?

    Try ‘lying?’

    *shakes head*