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IT’S not often you get the chance to have dinner with British sitcom legends.

So this column was fair chuffed to see this paper giving away the opportunity to have dinner with Boycie and Marlene on Saturday.

One lucky reader will win a meal with the Only Fools And Horses actors John Challis and Sue Holderness.

It was something of a disappointment, then, to note a friend’s reaction.

“It’s a decent prize,” he mused. “But I’d prefer to meet Micky Pearce and Denzil.”

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DELIGHTED to hear a stage version of Hollywood hit The Full Monty is to be premiered at The Lyceum next year, as reported in The Star on Saturday.

Just one question: When will When Saturday Comes be given the same treatment?

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WOULDN’T it be great if Sheffield got its own TV channel?

It might happen after the Government said the city was part of plans to set up 21 hyper-local stations across the UK.

Bidders have already applied to run the channel here, as revealed in The Star last week.

There could be drama set against the backdrop of the Peace Gardens, comedy live from City Hall and current affairs hosted by Rony Robinson in down town Burngreave.

Local history, local sport and local views would all make for top-notch watching, I reckon.

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Isn’t it somewhat worrying that these plans come just two months after Channel M – dedicated to Manchester – was forced to close. In eight years in an area with a population the size of Greater Manchester, it couldn’t turn a profit.

I’m all for a station where they show Sheffield FC highlights, feature Time Team style digs at Castle Market and have Martin Dawes hosting a cooking show.

But one can’t help wonder if this would be a tax-payer-funded pipe dream that will ultimately cost us lots and provide little.