But while most viewers could barely contain their excitement, others were less than impressed with Malone’s latest choral escapades. Comedian Michael Spicer found the conductor’s perpetual promotion of choirs concerning:
One day we'll all be in a giant Gareth Malone choir. From his tower he'll watch over us as we sing Adele songs from his musical death camps.
If Channel 4’s new reality TV programme has passed you by, this is the peculiar premise: 50 opinionated members of the public follow one person with a problem. (Literally trailing around behind them. For one whole week. Read our episode one review here.) And after finding out all they can (by asking instrusive questions, listening in on awkward conversations or rifling through possessions), these strangers must pass judgement and make a life-changing decision for said person with a problem.
Last night was the second instalment of the three-part series and it somewhat divided Twitter opinion. @CraigD92 was left unimpressed by the “groundbreaking” programme…
“The Audience” is a strange concept and a stupid programme. #C4
And the episode, in which single mum Andreena is trying to decide whether she should send her 10-year-old daughter away from London to live with her dad in Devon, was one step too far for @paulvallois.
Just read about The Audience on c4. Single mum asks audience to decide daughters fate! Reality tv gone mad. #howdepressing
And so we come to 50s-set crime drama The Bletchley Circle. Yesterday’s episode was the last in the series and saw the incredibly well-dressed ex-Bletchley Park girls finally come face to face with London’s mysterious serial killer.
The climactic ending (which we won’t give away) divided opinion across the Twittersphere. @sarah_hilary felt the ending was spot on:
Cracking ending to The Bletchley Circle last night. I'd love to think they make another series of it. Best period crime drama since Foyle
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