TV Choice: Britain's Got Talent, Ocean's Twelve, Celebrity Deal or No Deal & The WitchesBy Caroline Cook
May 11, 2012
Every week our square-eyed reporters take a look at what’s on TV – the highlights and the lowlights – and pick what they think you should watch or avoid.
Britain’s Got Talent – The Live Final - ITV1, Saturday, 7.30pm
After seven rounds of auditions, five semi-finals and more weird and wonderful acts than you can shake a stick at, we have finally reached the grand final of Britain’s Got Talent.
Despite having been in something of a ratings war with The Voice this year, Britain’s Got Talent has managed to stand its ground, presenting the usual medley of bizarre ‘talent’ including singers, dancers, comedians, and everything else in between.
Undoubtedly the best thing about this year has been having David Walliams on the judging panel and watching Cowell squirm every time he refers to ‘my Simon’. Saturday sees the 10 finalists perform one more time. Without a doubt I’ll be rooting for Ashleigh and Pudsey because I’m pretty sure the Queen likes a dancing dog as much as the rest of us.
Ocean’s Twelve - ITV1, Saturday, 10.15pm
Ocean’s Eleven was brilliant. Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon all in one film was enough to make us swoon in our cinema seats but the film actually had a cracking plot revolving around a casino heist at The Bellagio.
So when Ocean’s Twelve was released three years later there was plenty of excitement with all of the cast back on the big screen.
But alas, like many movie follow-ups, Ocean’s Twelve just couldn’t live up to its predecessor.
The film follows the band of criminals around Europe as they try to raise $160 million to pay back a very angry casino boss, Terry Benedict, their victim from heist number one.
Although the plot is convoluted and lacking the wit of the first, if you switch off your brain and just look at Brad, George and Matt for an hour-and-a-half it’s not too bad.
Just don’t get me started on Ocean’s Thirteen.
Celebrity Deal or No Deal - Channel 4, Sunday, 7pm
Every time I sit down to watch Deal or No Deal, I’m astounded by the contestants who start by saying ‘Well Noel, my late, great Auntie Flo lived at house number 12, and my cat is 12-years-old, and my lucky number is 12, so the £250,000 is definitely in that box’.
Noel, the lovely fellow that he is, doesn’t help the situation, as he stirs the tension pot and gleefully banters with the banker.
But, regardless of how ridiculous it is that people miss the fact it’s just a game of chance, you can’t deny that Deal or No Deal sucks you in. After five minutes of watching I’m helpless, unable to turn over until I find out how much the contestant is dealing for.
Not content with making members of the public turn into a shaking bundle of nerves, Noel gives celebrities the chance to see if they can beat the banker, and this week Peter Andre gets a go. I bet Peter has a game plan.
The Witches - Channel 5, Sunday, 5.35pm
This film scared the living daylights out of me as a kid. After watching it I spent weeks looking to see if people had square-capped shoes (because witches have squares feet) and hoping I wouldn’t get turned into a mouse.
Having seen it again as a grown-up I promptly realised my childhood self needed to ‘man-up’ as The Witches is a brilliant adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book.
It follows the story of Luke who goes on holiday to the seaside and stumbles across a witches’ convention. His grandmother has warned him about witches so Luke is ready to thwart the plan of the Grand High Witch.
With the wonderful Angelica Huston as the Grand Witch herself this is a must-see for fans of Roald Dahl, just maybe don’t let the wimpy kids watch it in the dark.