TV's Believe It Or Not

BBC Four comedy about bizarre TV. 2 episodes (1 series) in 2008. Stars Sean Lock.

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Sean Lock co-wrote and narrated TV's Believe It Or Not and I doubt if he'll make easier money this year.

A cut and paste collection of TV's more bizarre moments, punctuated by snide comments from Lock, the show was yet another tribute to the researcher's art.

We were invited to relive horrors, obscure and familiar, including Loyd Grossman's rock band, the man on Nationwide who claimed he could walk on eggs (he couldn't), MP Christopher Mayhew taking Mescaline on a 1956 edition of Panorama, Fanny Cradock committing career suicide and, best of all, Oliver Reed's alcohol-fuelled appearance on late-night discussion show, After Dark.

Lock thoughtfully transcribed Reed's exact words: "If somebody that knows no ill comes to a Palais de Dance and tickles his heels in the air because he's a Celt, how do you forgive yourself because he's a better dancer?" How, indeed, Oliver? How indeed?

Harry Venning, The Stage, 6th July 2009