Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Oh No, Not Friday Night Already! STAYING IN

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Oh No, Not Friday Night Already! STAYING IN

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The Friday Night Project

10pm, Channel 4

WHAT is it about the schedules late on a Friday night that compels TV executives to ditch any sense of quality and opt for the most banal and juvenile of programme formats?

Ah yes, alcohol.

Presumably the programming executives assume that anyone watching TV after 10pm on a Friday has either been in his or her armchair consuming a rapidly dwindling alcohol supply or swaying in a pub drinking its plentiful stock of alcopops until compelled to stop by nausea. Our heavy-drinking culture may be causing a furore, but it clearly works well for some TV shows.

Anyway, here's another new programme to add to the long and undistinguished list. It's a comedy entertainment show featuring comics Jimmy Carr, Rob Rouse, Sharon Horgan and Lucy Montgomery.

Each week the team will be joined by a celebrity guest host, with tonight's being Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels star Vinnie Jones. Music is provided by Fightstar, Charlie from Busted's new band. The celebrity guests all have to perform set tasks, with supposedly hilarious consequences. One of the tests is to open the show with a monologue and there will be other games, including one where the guest host takes to the streets to use their power of celebrity to get people to do funny or unusual things. Wow, we've never seen that before.

As if that were not enough, there's also Abi Titmuss making a special appearance in her Mystery Sex Tape Challenge, using her powers of seduction on a mystery celebrity. …

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