Nostalgia shows on TV are popular Podcasts in which comedians and presenters chat amicably are also popular The Noughties (BBC Two) makes a misguided attempt to mix the two Listen to Angela Scanlon talking to her guests Ellie Taylor and Geoff Norcott of how they spent Millennium Eve or what they think Britney Spears outfits would be a pleasantly insignificant podcast As a TV show in a BBC Two slot machine? No
You can see why they did it It’s cheap – a few snippets of things that happened and songs that played in the Noughties – and seems suitably socially remote It also gives the BBC a chance to roll out White working-class right-wing comedian Geoff Norcott, but keep him safe on non-political topics such as how much he loves Mission: Impossible movies Norcott is funnier than a lot of the other comedians appearing on TV right now, and deserves a stronger format than this
Each week deals with a particular year, so we started with 2000 It’s always fun to remember weird cultural moments: Cherie Blair crowning Auld Lang Syne at the Millennium Dome while the Queen had the seem to prefer to be elsewhere on Earth; the battle of cards between Posh Spice and Sophie Ellis-Bextor being treated with such seriousness that it was reported on the Six O’Clock News
There was also a clip of Victoria Beckham appearing on Parkinson’s, and the cat show host bulldozing with that opener: « Is it true that David is wearing your panties, is it true that you wear the pants at home and you are anorexic? Beckham, who had surely been prepped for questions, responded graciously, as she did when Parkinson demanded to know what she was eating in a day
We also got to see Ruby Wax interview Donald Trump about his aspirations to be president and mock Melania – a rare glimpse of the First Lady displaying recognizable human emotions But everything was pretty bad For a shot of nostalgia, stick with Top of the Pops rebroadcast on BBC Four
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Angela Scanlon, Victoria Beckham, 2000s, BBC Two, Ellie Taylor
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