There is a very well-known English phrase that goes, 'don't judge a book by its cover'. Nevertheless, this was pretty hard not to do with the premise in mind of the new BBC2 celebrity game show, I'LL GET THIS .
Five well-off (most probably) celebrities playing a series of party games to determine who must foot their swanky extravagant restaurant bill at the end. It sounded dire stuff so expectations were low as it started.
Such prior misgivings were severely misplaced though because this show was an absolute unexpected triumph.
In a very overcrowded genre this programme stood out because most of all it was fun to watch. It was easy viewing that was funny and enjoyable. In this first episode the dinner guests were Rylan Clark-Neal, Anton Du Beke, Carol Vorderman, Ellie Taylor and Ed Gamble.
Rylan stole the show on the humour front but every single celebrity made a valuable witty contribution.
This show is all about the comical nature of the celebrities so whoever booked these for this first episode needs praising. The way they all beautifully gelled together made it an appealing watch.
At the start each celebrity put their bank card in a bowl that was at the centre of the table. In between courses they then played a series of games with the winner of each round taking their card out of the bowl until one was left. It was competitive banter without being too competitive. Humour was at the heart of this show, even when things got slightly tense at the end and it was revealed who'd have to pay.
However, this programme was not faultless television sadly. There was one comment by Rylan at the beginning of the evening that was really disappointing. He stated out loud in a jokey way, 'I just like to be thorough, alright I'm very OCD'. I'll personalise this review now by saying that I have had severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for over twenty-five years. It can be a heartbreaking, debilitating and bullying illness to suffer from that has caused me major trauma in the past, e.g. self-harm and suicidal feelings.
Therefore, having OCD is not somebody who is just very thorough. It was really frustrating to hear such a comment from such a person who is normally so likeable. It was also doubly frustrating that this comment by him wasn't edited out by the production team.
Overall though, this was a great new show where the time absolutely whizzed by (always a sure sign of enjoyment). Episode two next week is definitely worth a watch!
- Watched on BBC Two. 06/11/2018