Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Spoilers ahead - look away now kiddies...

Playing it Straight is Channel 4's new Friday night reality tv dating show with the now expected twist. Zoe, the up-for-it female contestant has to figure out which of her male suitors are gay and reject them accordingly. If she ends up with a straight one, they get to share £100,000 (barely enough for a deposit on a house in London these days), but if she ends up with a gay one, he gets all the money. Hosted by the laconic June Sarpong (OK, so she was in a coma), it is a camp-fest of silliness, with a Mariachi singer acting as the Greek Chorus, narrating the events as they unfold.


From left to right: Raphael, Pritesh, George, Daniel.

In the first episode, the girl rejected two contestants - camp as tits Raphael (he had a King Size jar of vaseline, more shoes than Imelda Marcos and an aversion to shovelling shit) and Pritesh (whose only crime was to own hair straighteners). It turned out that they were both straight of course. Poor Zoe - it was obvious she was set up to reject the most camp men - and she fell right into the trap.



I am hoping that Alex from Cardiff is gay - as Mae West would say, he's a great big hunk o' man.

Meanwhile, one of the other contestants is definitely gay. The most butch of them all - Ben won Mr Gay Uk in 1998. Who knew! Here's one of his "glamour shots".

5 comments:

olaf said...

Jesus. I wish the CBC put out content like this. My public broadcaster isn't nearly this cool or hot.

matty said...

I wonder how this will be bastardized for US consumption.

Lawrence said...

It WAS a US show...which has been adopted (or is that adapted?) for British TV. You can be proud after all. (Or is that ashamed?)

Ian comatose said...

I wish they'd ditch the stupid singing minstrel or whatever you call him. He's not even remotely funny. And I can't believe that Ben is still only 27 (and I don't think he makes a living from building).... he said bitchily

matty said...

Lawrence! You are correct! As I read your comment it hit me! Wow -- well, it has been much "improved" ...if that is the right word choice! LOL!