You cannot beat the first round of the first episode of 239 of a new series of MasterChef. Clumped noodles (Gary). Soggy plums (Maria).
MMR #9: Icons, Turing, Bowie and Bandersnatch
Podcast: Alan Turing is the greatest. Fair enough, you might say. But what about Mandela? Ali? Bob Nudd? Or some women? Robin and Sean lament the all-male Icons final, and search for alternatives. Like in Bandersnatch. Contains greatness.
Letter from America, part three: Bird Box cloaks the key to the Trump tweets
Thank you Netflix for putting a marketable name to Trump’s tweeting syndrome. But why disguise it? Why not write a story where people literally die when they read Trump’s tweets?
MMR #8: Britain’s favourite chocolate bar … and Britain’s favourite sweets!
Podcast: Dairy Milk? Haribo? Black Jacks? What confection sums up pre-Brexit Britain? By popular demand, Robin and Sean visit the Channel 5 celeb factory. Contains sugar.
Britain’s Favourite Sweets: A case of suck and blow
You’ve got to be thinking Channel 5 have mixed emotions about this series. Did you know it was a series? It wasn’t that clear when Britain’s Favourite Chocolate Bar aired. But yes! BFCB was only episode one.
Letter from America, part one: Cheese, TV and modern media in the UK
There were four channels: BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4. (You British are very creative with your naming schemas.)
MMR #5: Question Time with Fiona Bruce. And the rest of them
Podcast: Robin and Sean get down to the new, gender-fluid Question Time and recall the show’s boisterous history. Contains answers.
Question Time with Fiona Bruce: Hang on to your uterus!
First it was Doctor Who. Now another BBC institution, Question Time, has taken a brave leap into the 21st century.
MMR #3: Bros: After The Screaming Stops
Podcast: Robin and Sean relive the highs and lows of the Bros comeback. Contains self-awareness. Or does it?
Britain’s Favourite Chocolate (Bar): All the air sucked out
It was a tough choice between this and the interactive Black Mirror. But it’s no time of year for a DIY dystopia.
MMR #2: The Christmas TV schedules
Podcast: Robin and Sean try to rekindle the festive fire by reading the Radio Times double issue and get exhausted. No wonder – talk about a biblical epic. Contains staples.
MasterChef final: Emotion orgy in the grated community
Oli stuck a can of beer up a duck’s arse and put it in the oven, which didn’t surprise Monica Galetti, but was probably a shock for the duck.
MMR #1: Christmas TV ads
Podcast: Robin and Sean carve up the Christmas TV ads and search for meaning in Kevin the Carrot, Elton John and the KFC turkey. And Woolworths. Contains some stuffing.
Christmas TV ads: Where’s Tony Blackburn?
Or is Tony dead? Never sure about who’s dead and who’s not.
I’ll Get This: But who gets it?
There’s no empathy. You just can’t feel the feelings of such as Richard Madeley, Gemma Collins or Victoria Coren-Mitchell.
Politics Live: Peacocks, Lycra and projection
What is this thing with middle-aged men and their obsession with projecting virility?