Vic, Bob, Papa & Nicole

The biggest audience Vic & Bob ever enjoyed was in the advertisement break for a 1998 episode of Coronation Street.

It’s estimated that 23 million people saw this punchline to a seven year advertising campaign. The company sold 26,000 cars in the two months following this debut. There’s a joke about the campaign in Birds Of A Feather, and in The Mary Whitehouse Experience, as well as mention of it by Jasper Carrott in his Commercial Breakdown.

Smith & Jones even did a sketch featuring Papa kerb-crawling.

And then just like that … it was gone.

Families At War

Families At War was a stupendous show… I don’t think you’ll ever see a show like that on a Saturday night again.”

That’s what Vic Reeves had to say to Digital Spy about his and Bob’s 1999 prime time Saturday night show Families At War. And if you saw it at the time, you’d be hard-pressed to disagree. You might also be hard-pressed to believe the show ever got made.

“Most of the stuff you find on a Saturday night now is like something you would see through the window of a scout hut.” (Bob Mortimer)

A slot that soon gave way to reality fare, and dancing competitions, once saw a contestant being asked to slow dance with a pig (a pig that mysteriously has the face of Chris Tarrant).

There’s more to be found on YouTube. Why this ever made it to DVD is beyond me. But then, Shooting Stars has never had a complete release either.


Carrie Fisher On The Late Show

Some time after the publication of her book Delusions Of Grandma, Carrie Fisher appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman on 5th April 1994.

And here she is again on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

Jay Leno is a terrible interviewer at this point in the show’s run – the position of the desk and chair don’t help things either. I really want to know what she says to John Goodman after the diaper joke.

Here’s the full (I know) ‘review’ from which she quotes.

A bleat of a first novel, this annoying book is about a Hollywood brat. It is enough to make people wish that Darth Vader had gotten rid of Princess Leia after all.

He followed this up later with a slightly longer review of the movie of Postcards From The Edge, which you can read here, if you can be bothered.

What’s The Opposite Of Quantum Leap?

Theorising that one could work out the opposite of things that don’t have a natural opposite, two idiots stepped into the Quantum Leap Accelerator, and vanished. They awoke to find themselves trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not their own, and wondering what also might be the opposite of an ice cream Sundae, and tea bags.


That’s this week’s episode of setisoppO for you.