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

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

Channel 4 comedy. 3 episodes (1 series) in 2008. Stars Peter Kay, Jo Enright, Karl Lucas, David Hulston, Sian Gibson, Marc Pickering, Cat Deeley and others.

Press Clippings

Of course, were Peter Kay to do anything as good as Phoenix Nights again we'd be happy. Sadly it was almost impossible to judge Britain's Got the Pop Factor... with an open mind as the man hasn't done anything for four years except mime to other people's records and release the same DVD over and over again. The sheer scale of this one-off Channel 4 comedy spectacular was a big problem. Running for two hours may have been accurate, but it meant jokes were stretched to breaking point. Once you've seen one inappropriate musical segue, you've seen them all. Plus, surely we have now bled dry that seam of comedy that sees celebrities sending themselves up? Here it was like one prolonged back slap, and while it may make sense of the plot to record a generic song for the winner, singing it three times on the programme and then releasing it is not comedy, it's advertising.

Off The Telly, 2nd January 2009

What is the point in spoofing something that's already self-consciously funny? Still, with The X Factor officially over for the year, you may need this dummy version to help you break the habit. Ben Shepherd is hosting, a cut-price Dermot if ever there was one, and you get a lot more from the only real novelty act, Geraldine McQueen.

Zena Alkayat, Metro, 19th December 2008

Geraldine: The Winner's Story

Simon Cowell is facing a further ribbing - Peter Kay's X Factor spoof star Geraldine McQueen is making a telly comeback.

The Sun, 7th November 2008

It crammed in so many songs, they were never all going to be funny whilst the second hour-long results show confirmed what a seriously indulgent exercise it all was.

It's one thing getting Pete Waterman, Nikki Chapman and Neil Fox to send themselves up but having a parody of The Pop Factor without a Simon Cowell figure was a major cop out by Kay.

Having said that, Marc Pickering's performance as Leon, I mean, R Wayne, was brilliant - particularly his version of Ebony and Ivory with his ventriloquist's dummy of Stevie Wonder. The cameos by Rick Astley, the Cheeky Girls, and Macca doing the themes from Blankety Blank and Home and Away were better than most of Extras.

The one moment of comedy genius was Michelle McMammoth look-a-like cum-transsexual Geraldine's medley merging seamlessly from Born To Run to Born Free to Free Nelson Mandela and Umbrella.

Jim Shelley, The Mirror, 20th October 2008

Comic Kay wins 'X Factor battle'

Comic Peter Kay has beaten X Factor winner Leon Jackson in the singles chart with his spoof reality TV show song, 'The Winners Song'. Kay's single - taken from his Channel 4 comedy Britain's got the Pop Factor, in which he satirises TV talent shows - charted at number two.

BBC News, 19th October 2008

You can't spoof the unspoofable. Peter Kay's show was a complete mess - a laboured, unfunny spoof that could have made the same point in a brief sketch but went on for two hours.

It did poke fun at the self-importance of these formulaic programmes and their bombastic enthusiasm for unremarkable acts who are essentially cruise-ship entertainers, but even Kay himself as Geraldine, an enormous transvestite who lives to sing, failed to land a real blow.

The problem is that The X-Factor and its ilk are infinitely more ridiculous than this send-up, but then how would you satirise Jordan or Jade Goody or Damien Hirst or Roman Abramovich? Modern culture is unsatirisable partly because no comic exaggeration is possible and partly because for satire to work at all it requires some modest capacity for shame in the world it is mocking.

Stephen Pile, The Telegraph, 18th October 2008

Ally Ross Rants

A greedy, self-indulgent, not-all-that-funny advert for Peter Kay, who might well take the mickey out of The X Factor's rip-off phone lines but he's also clearly not above taking the p*** out of viewers, who voted with their remote controls on this one. Over half of the six million audience deserted, mid-show.

Ally Ross, The Sun, 17th October 2008

Well, what can you say - it's split the nation, pretty much like the subject matter, but Britain's Got the Pop Factor and Possibly a New Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice was an absolute triumph for Peter Kay and Channel 4 on Sunday evening. A triumph.

Quintessential Comedy, 14th October 2008

TV Insider Blog

The Peter Kay X Factor spoof did incredibly well last night - 6.1m viewers on C4? Superb numbers there. And as a big fan of Mr Kay (more in the consistently funny sitcom Phoenix Nights than his nice-but-trad stand-up act) I was waiting with baited breath for it. The first hour was one of the biggest disappointments of the year for me. They forgot to put any jokes in.

TV Insider, 13th October 2008

Analysis from The Custard

The first part sailed far too close to becoming homage rather than parody, and was torturous and needlessly reverential towards some of the former talent show conspirators. The second part was much better, and very funny. However, we're not sure if this was cruel enough to be the satirical zenith about the most culturally destructive and loathsome programme of its generation.

The Custard TV, 13th October 2008

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