Reviews (4)

  • Terrible This really was a pitiful excuse of a prime-time Saturday night TV show, as a semi-retired pro wrestler myself (I'm taking a year or two out from the business) I was quite frankly embarrassed by this.

    In fact this wasn't actually "wrestling" in that sense at all, instead it was just stupid "Gladiator" style games, which featured the celebrities (and I use that term loosely as they were Z-list to say the least) hitting each other with pogo sticks, and trying to push each other off a big round platform in a sumo type game among other things, also the games were "real" in the sporting sense (Although all the hamming up for the cameras and the pretending to hate each other was with out a doubt staged), unlike classic pro wrestling which is staged, so at least the winners of the respective games were legitimate in that respect, but in my opinion, I think the show may have worked better if the matches were staged and held in an actual wrestling ring, with story lines, good guys and bad guys etc, like a proper pro wrestling promotion would operate. The celebs had cheesy names like "Pocket Rocket" for the annoying Jeff Brazier and "The Brawler" for Big Brother 3 winner Kate Lawler (Very imaginative, let's just give somebody a wrestling name rhyming with their surname shall we?).Also the host former WWE/WCW wrestler" Rowdy" Roddy Piper came across as really cheesy and annoying with his stupid mannerisms and catchphrases, I loved Piper in his WWF heyday back in the 1980's/1990's, but he was damn pitiful in this.

    D'lo Brown and Joe Legend (Both former WWE wrestlers) captained their respective teams the "Warriors" and the "Crusaders", D'lo to his credit seemed to add a little bit of class to the show and in my opinion came across OK, but he was fighting a losing battle with so many clowns surrounding him.

    This was axed from its prime time ITV slot after I believe just 2 weeks, and finished its miserable little run on ITV 2, as if this rubbish had a chance against the excellent new series of "Doctor Who" on BBC 1.

    For years insiders in the British Wrestling scene wanted the "sport" back on mainstream TV since it was axed back in 1988, however I believe shows like this may have driven the final stake into British wrestling's heart, although this was not really in essence "wrestling" it still all gets tarred with the same brush, which isn't right, but its just the way that it is unfortunately.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This PPV Wrestling event held in December 1988 was co promoted by the Texas based WCCW promotion and the Minnesota based AWA Promotion.

    Highlights saw the sneaky pudgy heel (Heel is Wrestling slang for the "bad guy") Eric Embry defeat young baby face (Babyface is Wrestling slang for the "good guy") Jeff Jarrett for the WCCW Light heavyweight championship in a descent bout, also a AWA sanctioned contest saw baby-face Native American Wahoo McDaniel defeat his arch rival "Raging Bull" Manny Fernandez in a bloody leather strap match.

    Lowlights were terrible AWA matches like the old veteran baby-face Jimmy Valliant defeating the young Wayne Bloom in just 10 SECONDS, I mean what was the point???, was Valliant so washed up he could only go 10 seconds in the ring?, or was the AWA really trying to make Bloom look like a complete loser?. The fact that Bloom became an AWA Tag Team champion(With partner Mike Enos) just over a year or two later makes me think the former. Also supposed baby face Greg Gagne(AWA promoter Verge Gagne's son) beat AWA Television Champion Ronnie Garvin via COUNTOUT to win the belt, the funny thing was that the supposed vile "heel" Garvin was cheered through out the match, which tells you how popular the bland "Daddy's Boy" Greg Gagne was.

    However the main event made this event a must see, the beloved hero WCCW World Champion Kerry Von Erich from Texas versus the master heel (but sometimes face too)"King" Jerry Lawler the AWA World Champion from Memphis Tennessee, a title unification match, the winner becomes the undisputed champ. The crowd are cheering for Kerry and Lawler is at his bad guy best, Kerry is busted open early in the match (bleeding from the arm) and Lawler works on the cut arm, however Kerry manages a heroic fight back and to the delight of the crowd locks Lawler in the dreaded "Von Erich Iron claw", Lawler submits, the bell goes, and the fans go wild thinking Kerry Von Erich has won the match and unified the titles, however the announcement is "That due to heavy blood loss the match is stopped and awarded to Jerry" The King" Lawler",therefore Lawler takes both belts to the disgust of the fans.

    A great match with a great ending, one of the few wrestling pay per views at the time (1980's) which featured a heel main event victory as normally the face wrestler would win to send the fans home happy, a rather boring under card but worth a look just purely for the cracking main event match.
  • Very good series, basically the same sketches from yesteryear but with brand new spoof news desk items from the two masters. Ronnie Barker looked very sharp considering it was his first TV work since retiring in 1988, no signs of rust on his part, he's lost a little weight since the Ronnies heyday but still he looked in good health and was as sharp and funny as ever.

    It was a delight to see these two comedy legends reunited for one last time, well... let's hope its not one last time, let's hope the Sketchbook comes back for another series (Fingers crossed), it was delightful.

    Recommended viewing, without saying the classic sketches were great as ever, but the most fitting thing in my opinion was seeing these two comedy icons back together behind the desk once more.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This series in my opinion was just as good as the ground breaking prison comedy "Porridge", it was interesting to see Fletcher on the outside struggling with everyday life, fighting against temptations for him to go back into crime.

    The series had a fitting ending as Fletcher resisted the chance to do one more "Big" crime and instead attended his daughter Ingrid's wedding to his Porridge cell mate Lennie Godber. The series ended with long time friends Fletcher and Godber in the local pub relaxing and Fletch saying he was so glad to be out of prison, so he could do simple things in life like enjoy a nice pint of bitter in the pub etc.

    For some reason this show was axed after just one series because people ether A) Thought it was not as good as its predecessor "porridge" or B) it got low ratings (This I'm not sure of,), but the series provided just as many laughs as "porridge" and it also won a BAFTA award, plus Ronnie Barker himself has said that he thought "Going Straight" was just as good as "Porridge".

    In closing if you are a fan of Porridge and good old Norman Stanley Fletcher, this series (Available now on DVD) is a must, I guarantee you will enjoy as much or even more so then "Porridge".