Everywhere you look the forces of the bland are upon us.
There isn’t that much to watch on the TV unless you like Xfacor/celeb style boredom. If your idea of entertainment is Gary Barlow reading bad put downs from an autocue and you live in fear of wild imagination then you are on the wrong website.
The latest victim in the culture wars is ‘Shooting Stars’, one of the last corners of anarchic madness left on television.
The BBC has “cancelled” Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s surreal panel which started as a 1993 Christmas special running for five series until 1997, with comedian Mark Lamarr as one of the team captains – a position later filled by novelist Will Self.
Other regulars included “big baby” scorer George Dawes, played by Matt Lucas, and team captain “Ulrika Jonsson.
The show was brought back for another run in 2009.
the new was tweeted by Bob Mortimer in a succinct statement “BBC have just cancelled shooting stars”.
A BBC spokeswoman said in a bland and robotic voice “In future there will be less space on BBC Two for comedy/entertainment panel shows so sadly Shooting Stars won’t be returning. We’d like to thank Vic and Bob for everything they’ve brought to the channel over the years.”