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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Angel Islington on TV tonight

Just before you get excited and think it's a re-run of the Neil Gaiman's brilliant Tube focussed BBC drama
Neverwhere - where there was a character called the Angel Islington - it's not (sorry!).

Angel Islington on Rock Rivals - screengrab

However, for people like me who love soaps, reality TV and TV that viewers can "control", you might be happy. Rock Rivals begins on ITV1 tonight which is basically a spoof / black comedy / drama, of reality TV shows like Pop Idol, American Idol and X-Factor. It stars Michelle Collins (ex EastEnders) and Sean Gallagher (ex Coronation Street) from two of my favourite soaps.

They play husband & wife judges on celebrity talent show (ooh like Fame Academy & The One & Only where judges David & Carrie Grant are really husband & wife). The Guardian love it & report that "It has sex dolls, Ferraris and a character called Angel Islington.....The characters are painted in broad strokes and have suitably daft names - Sundae Gorgeous or Angel Islington, anyone? ."

They could have also had Lily Balham, Whitney Euston and other celebrity London Underground station names that we'd already come up with.

Also "Viewers will be asked to choose their desired ending to the show this spring before the final episode airs. Two endings will be filmed and the UK public will get the chance between the penultimate episode and the final one to decide who wins." Just like reality TV! Genius.


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