TV guilty pleasures. Where would we be without them? Sure, I’m a huge fan of the critically-acclaimed The Wire (currently getting its first terrestrial airing on BBC2) and to this day, I will still watch Upstairs Downstairs and Brideshead Revisited whenever they’re on ITV3 and I can’t tell you how many period dramas are in my private collection. Convinced of my highbrow TV viewing? OK, I have to admit that I am also a shameless junk TV addict (within reason). I know I shouldn’t.
I know it’s not good for me. But sometimes, dammit, I just can’t help myself. Katie Price and Peter Andre’s ITV2 reality shows have long been my TV equivalent of a Big Mac (OK, truth is, the only fast food I find palatable is a fillet of fish from Maccy Ds, but the analogy works better with the Big Mac).
Thus, when I received an invitation to interview the couple, I jumped at it. I’ve watched just about all of the Katie and Peter series. Conversely, until the diagnosis of her cancer, I never really bothered with any of Jade Goody’s various reality shows for Living. I’m not sure why the former continue to hold my interest; I’m reluctant to analyse the reasons in case I discover something about myself I’d rather not know. Instead, I shall tell myself it’s because their romance bloomed in the best edition of I’m A Celebrity to date. Besides, if they’re not the ultimate reality TV couple, who is? So despite some of the disgusting things that come out of Katie Price’s mouth, my family and I regularly tune in to the latest shenanigans involving her brood.
The press launch for their latest instalment, Katie & Peter: The Next Chapter Stateside took place at a swanky hotel in London’s Soho. Alongside other members of the press, I was there to watch the first episode and interrogate the duo afterwards (for five minutes of their precious time only). In the new series, Katie and Peter move their entire family to the US so that Peter can record an album, the main reason for the move. Katie, viewers are reassured, will still have a full diary too. We were wined and dined (the fried chicken was excellent) before taking our seats for the screening. Katie and Peter watched the first episode with us (apparently, they see the finished product as it airs on ITV2), commenting on aspects of the programme throughout.
A couple of times, we heard Katie exclaim: "My lips look dreadful!" – unfortunately, I have to agree with her. Her lips look like they’re made of Plasticine. Never mind Katie, at least your eyes look good. For all you fans out there, you’ll be pleased to hear that The Next Chapter Stateside has the usual ingredients: the bickering, the making up, the bling, the shopping, the brutally frank sex talk (Katie – of course. She’s got a mouth like a Victorian sewer) and the kids: Harvey (Katie’s son with biological father, footballer Dwight Yorke), Junior and Princess.
On to the interview and both are smaller and more orange in person than on the screen. However I will say here and now that Peter Andre is one of the nicest people it has ever been my pleasure to meet. He obviously loves his wife very much, even if she does drive him nuts at times. Despite being jet-lagged and having to endure a hectic day of promotional activity, they were both on good form – especially Peter. I hope his album is well-received. In the meantime, you can watch my (edited!) interview here. I had asked a question about Jade’s funeral but their rottweiler of a manager Claire Powell was straight in there: "Can’t talk about that!" she barked. I tell you what, she’s fearsome; she’d make yer average ASBO hoodie pee his pants.
Today I am mostly lovin’ – The soundtrack to Ashes To Ashes. I’m loving that more than the show itself. Spandau Ballet, The Fun Boy Three, Adam & The Ants, Haircut 100, The Human League… Now that’s what I call pop music. Memories! I tell you what, it’s making me feel old. I even found myself saying: "In my day…" to my niece while it was on.
Today I am also lovin’ –
The DVD release of Columbo Season 9. Who can resist the shabbily-dressed and seemingly slow-witted, homicide detective brilliantly played by Peter Falk? Get your copy here
Today I am mostly hatin’ – House moves over to Sky1. Inevitable really. I’m just a bit sad that it never found the audience it deserved on terrestrial TV. It’s such a great show.