Britain's Got The Pop Factor And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice. Geraldine McQueen (Peter Kay). Image credit: Goodnight Vienna Productions.

Britain's Got The Pop Factor And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice

Spoof reality show starring Peter Kay. Geraldine McQueen must battle it out with pop band Two Up, Two Down in a singing competition

AKA:
Britain's Got The Pop Factor (And Possibly The Next Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice); Peter Kay's Britain's Got The Pop Factor; Peter Kay's Pop Factor; Britain's Got an Extra Pop Factor And Then Some 2 + 1
Genre:
Satire
Broadcast:
2008  (Channel 4)
Episodes:
3 (1 series)
Starring:
Peter Kay, Jo Enright, Karl Lucas, David Hulston, Sian Foulkes, Marc Pickering, Cat Deeley, Neil Fox, Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman, Conleth Hill
Writers:
Peter Kay, Paul Coleman
Production:
Goodnight Vienna Productions
& Phil McIntyre Entertainment

Britain's Got The Pop Factor And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice is Britain's latest reality talent show. It's the ultimate reality show and solo artist Geraldine McQueen must battle it out with pop band Two Up, Two Down to be named the winner.

The programme, hosted by Cat Deeley, follows the contestants' attempts to make it the top, while all the time being watched by judges Nicki Chapman, Pete Waterman and Neil Fox.

Our Review: This show (with its absurdly long title) was described by Channel 4 head of programming Julian Bellamy as "an affectionate spoof. It features TV auditions, bitchy judges, performance anxieties - they're all there".

This is certainly true, but Peter Kay forgot to include any jokes in the show! Or at least that's our view-point. You just can't spoof things like The X Factor because these shows are already a farce. As a result, what we got (bar a couple of admittedly fun moments), was two hours of just 'yet-another talent show'. The programme's biggest offence was its length - two whole hours meant lots of padding!

It should be noted that many of the show's viewers wouldn't agree with what we've written here. The first half of Pop Factor was a ratings hit for Channel 4, and there are a number of people posting on our message board singing its praises too. Kay himself also won the Royal Television Society award for "Comedy Performance". It just wasn't doing anything for us.