It occurs to me as I read some of the nastier comments on last Friday’s Comic Relief that what we’re doing on these sites is basically overhearing people’s comments on the sofa. It’s like The Royle Family or, going further back, Till Death us do Part, only in real life (if you don’t know what TDUDP is you can probably find it on wikipedia but they’ll never show any episodes on TV again. Here’s a few clips which I hope don’t include some of his worst excesses; it seems like there’s a reference to Jimmy Savile in the first one. Oh, and you might recognise Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson. But I digress. The point is that Twitter et al is like listening to everyone’s sofa comments, stuff that before the internet would have been private.
It beats me how people can be nasty about Comic Relief anyway. It seems to me an intelligent and entirely worthwhile effort to raise money while producing entertainment. I particularly enjoyed the ‘Four Weddings’ reunion; the ‘Only Fools and Horses’ bit was excellent and the University Challenge episode entertaining. The comedy sits comfortably beside the films and the whole thing avoids the schmaltz which would otherwise make it unbearable. And besides, they raised a phenomenal amount – more than 63 MILLION. It’s unreal.
Here’s the whole programme
And here’s the Four Weddings thing. See how many characters you can spot.