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Tuesday, 15 January, 2002, 18:24 GMT
Saturday night's not right for Reeves
Vic and Bob have become cult comedy icons
Comedian Vic Reeves has criticised the state of Saturday night television, saying there is a dearth of original ideas on British screens.

Speaking to the Radio Times, the Shooting Stars co-host singled out programmes such as Ian Wright's BBC One show Friends Like These.

He called it the sort of entertainment played in an old people's home and not the stuff of peak time viewing.


What's next? Gardening Idol?

Vic Reeves
Reeves and his comedy partner Bob Mortimer presented their own Saturday night show, Families at War, in 1999.

But it was to become one of BBC One's biggest flops, scraping just over three million when it first aired before eventually being dropped.

But it has not stopped him hitting out at the fare being offered to viewers today.

Speaking about the Generation Game he said "there has to be something more inventive than that".

The 42-year-old, who acted in the remake of Randall and Hopkirk, is also vocal about the state of British comedy.

Miserable

"I was at the Comedy Awards last month and realised they were scrapping the barrel," he said.

"Cold Feet [which won the People's Choice award] is good, but not comedy. It's very miserable."

And talent searches and gardening programmes are also in Reeves' firing line.

"Nowadays kids just want to be famous, which is the wrong reason.

"It's like that show Pop Idol. They all sound as if they should be on a cruise ship or in a karaoke bar.

"What's next? Gardening Idol? Gardening and makeover programmes are easy, cheap TV, and viewers will soon be bored with them."

Shooting Stars was first launched in 1993 and won a Bafta for best light entertainment programme in 1997. A new series starts on BBC Choice at 2130 GMT on Wednesday.

See also:

27 Dec 99 | Entertainment
Randall, Hopkirk and Higson
14 Aug 01 | TV and Radio
BBC's autumn stars speak out
22 Apr 99 | Entertainment
Vic and Bob 'not splitting up'
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