A New Panel Review Show Comes to Sky – ‘Behind the Sofa’

I do like a good panel review show and the premise at the heart of Behind the Sofa coming to Sky channel 200 on 15th January sounds like fun.

Put simply you have celebrity reviewers comparing, in I’m guessing a comedic way, classic titles releases with up to date releases on Blu-Ray and DVD. To the winner goes the title ‘Release of the Week’.

First up under the reviewers comedy gaze are  the Blu-ray box set release of the Tony Curtis and Roger Moore 1970s TV series ‘The Persuaders!’, the delightful Japanese interpretation of ‘The Borrowers’ entitled ‘Arrietty’, the part-biopic part-surrealist Monty Python TV movie ‘Holy Flying Circus’, and high octane recent action movie ‘Colombiana’.

Panel members for the show are MITCH BENN (BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Now Show’) , TOBY HADOKE (BBC Radio’s ‘Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf’) and GARY SLAYMAKER (BBC Radio Cymru’s ‘Bwletin’, a Welsh language show in the vein of ‘Have I Got News For You’).

If the Persuaders doesn’t win for it’s opening titles alone then I will be sending the Behind the Sofa creators a stern email on the following Monday entitled ‘Persuade me that allowing the Persuaders not to win this week was a geek crime of the highest order?” Ok I might have the email worded slightly better by the time the first episode airs on Sky Channel 200 (and now online at www.emtv.co.uk) on Sunday 8.00pm-9.00pm, with repeats on subsequent Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Controversial TV channel does the unthinkable by launching DVD/Blu-ray Review Show

BEHIND THE SOFA is a new panel review comedy show coming to a TV screen or monitor near you from Sunday 15 January 2012. Pitching celebrity reviewers against each other, the latest DVD and Blu-ray blockbusters will do battle with classic archive titles for the right to be hailed as the ‘Release of the Week’.

In this digital age, all we hear about is ‘downloading content’ and ‘Pay-Per-View’ services. The idea of still buying a product to put on your shelves, containing TV and movie material, seems almost to be frowned upon. You’d be forgiven for thinking that many broadcasters have a conflict of interest in even mentioning that DVD as a format is still alive and well. Or even that the ‘new kid on the block’, Blu-ray, has created a place for itself in the hearts of many big and small screen memorabilia collectors.

In the first season of six weekly one-hour shows, those looking BEHIND THE SOFA, jousting in support of their chosen releases are comedians MITCH BENN (BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Now Show’), TOBY HADOKE (BBC Radio’s ‘Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf’) and GARY SLAYMAKER (BBC Radio Cymru’s ‘Bwletin’, a Welsh language show in the vein of ‘Have I Got News For You’).

“I was amazed to discover, when approaching one video label, that they couldn’t believe we’d managed to get a series like this into production”, noted alex:g, host and producer of BEHIND THE SOFA. “In some parts of the television world, it’s assumed that no-one is going to help promote DVD and Blu-ray releases, as they are seen to be in competition with the channels and their various businesses. In other words, to do such a show these days really does make for ‘Controversial TV’”.

And ‘Controversial TV’ is the strap-line for Edge Media, the home of BEHIND THE SOFA on the Sky Electronic Programme Guide, where it can be found on Sky Channel 200 (and now online at www.emtv.co.uk). It’s been given a prime Sunday night slot, 8.00pm-9.00pm, with repeats on subsequent Wednesdays and Saturdays.

“This is something of a departure for Edge Media” noted alex:g. “At the moment the controversial nature of the channel comes from featuring content outside the mainstream, be it news stories that are being ignored, or questioning everything by using spirituality and other perspectives to make sense of the world. Now we have a series that is being controversial simply by championing an alternative to watching broadcast television in its various forms”.

Host alex:g concluded: “There are no rules to follow as to how the four of us decide which is the most deserving title, from those we discuss in any particular week. This is where a lot of the fun comes from. We were all amazed at how much humour, trivia and rivalry came over in the first recording. Our audience will feel they are joining us on our sofa, rather than being behind it!”

GS Reporter: Nuge

Source: Cult TV

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