I’m glad I wasn’t misremembering Declan from last year. As I said I had an understudy on Monday and understood him a lot better. Maybe that’s partly why I struggled understanding what was going on last year.
I don't have an Uber account but I've used them with friends. Ive always found them pretty useless and borderline rude - regardless of where in the country I was. Whereas the vast majority of my black cab experiences have been fab.
I know screen actors always end up doing fashion mag shoots (every slim 20something actor seems to end up modelling Hedy Slimane or Burberry), but I do generally lose a bit of respect for them when they do the legs-apart underwear or (if it's a young actress) sadly inevitable 'Night Porter' style hands-covering-nipples topless cover shots. I mean, fair enough if you're Pamela Anderson or Keanu or Burt Reynolds back in the day and your screen persona is based on your body, but otherwise it comes across as a bit tacky (insert Maggie Smith in Murder By Death line here!). It's not like it's something they have to do to 'get on' at that stage in their career. The early, embarrassing sexy undie shots used to be things actors wanted to forget once they got famous - now it's the other way around, serious actors stripping off (even more depressing when it's young women who considered themselves feminist role models). Part and parcel of that whole WH Smith Playboy pencil cases for schoolkids and the relentless selfie-culture body-consciousness, insecurity thing I suppose.
Awww. I did my impression of that Maggie Smith line on Instagram and nobody got it! :-(
The whole CB number, with its CB radio slang. Stuff like "10-4 Smokey Bear" etc. Meant something in the 80s, probably baffling to most now.
Not as cringingly embarrassing as the Brexit joke which made no sense whatsoever.
Oh and that awful "swipe right" line in the song sung by the three girls.
Yes I hated all that and even more so the Bjork reference. You don't need to reference the outside world (although I did think they should've replaced 'missing link' by 'Weakest Link' on the first tour). You can be relevant without the blatant/cheap references.
I yearn for a day when Andrew and Arlene take a backseat and give all the material from throughout the years to someone with fresh eyes, to make the show the best it can be. Make it as 80s as possible and proud.
I thought making it Momma brought a different slant to it. Evened up the sexes for sure - Starlight is a little too male in the leads list, and it brought women to the front far more strongly. Good change, IMHO.
It was way too facile. The simplest possible gender-swap without affecting anything. A box ticked but nothing more.
If you changed the gender of any of the other five main characters it would require real work. All this involved was changing 'he' to 'she.'
Does anyone know why they decided to switch Poppa to be female? Seems a bit of a random change - did they change anything to explain it, like anything that wouldn't have worked with Poppa? I do think it's a shame to lose the original all-male duet of 'Only You'. Though not as much as the absence of Rolling Stock bugs me.
There was no absence of Rolling Stock.
The gender swap of Poppa seemed very arbitrary - it makes no difference to the plot whether it's a male or female role. The duet was great though.