Listen, I'm not gonna lie, I totally thought Gemma and Luca would be in fourth place. In fact, I wrote three different intros for Damiya, Tashandrew, and Ekinde in case one of them won, but nobody factored in this pair being in the final two couples. Neither did Twitter.
12 Phelim Drew Son of the mighty Dubliners’ frontman, the late gravel-voiced Ronnie Drew, Phelim is a noted actor. Having kicked off his career in the Oscar-winning movie My Left Foot, a flurry of screen roles followed, the latest of which saw him portray perturbed priest Fr Liam Plunkett in Fair City. Naturally, he enjoyed making illicit eyes at Carol, the soap’s resident siren.
Tonight's Final Date schmoozerama (part one) was suitably epic. Even more so in light of Iain Stirling ripping the proverbial out of the production team last night for stapling grapefruit to bits of twine by way of decoration for the girls' Baby Day brunch.
Not challenging for the Islanders, but for viewers. For someone who suffers from severe bouts of second hand embarrassment, and already must endure their children’s annual school talent show, I resent having to subject myself to Luca murdering Breaking Free. But first...
12 Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nowhere Boy (2009) You might know him as Kick-Ass, but others will always see him as a young John Lennon. With a cheeky persona masking a deep-seated well of loss and longing, Taylor-Johnson not only brought Lennon’s teen self to the silver screen, but he also learned how to play the banjo, the guitar, and the harmonica in order to give his rendering more gravitas.
When I say "people", I'm mostly referring to Luca. There he was on Tuesday night's episode, thoroughly AGHAST at the fact Jacques was leaving the villa "alone." Luca even went so far as to say he would've left with Jacques himself only he had to stick around for Gemma (coupled with possibly future lucrative sponsorships, plus the joy of getting paid for lounging around a villa for weeks on end).
12 Hunted Arguably a sinister variation of Challenge Anneka, this fugitive-inspired offering came relatively late to the survivalist viewing party back in 2015 and still proves to be a Channel 4 staple to this day. Best watched through Gogglebox.
And there we thought it'd be Ronan Keating's second-born, model Missy, that would've sashayed into the villa at some point. Who knows, that may still happen; especially as it doesn't appear Jack is tickling any of the girls' fancies in Casa Amor, despite him being one of the more likable, genuine souls rocking around in there. His Gaelic hue – which serves to highlight the flow of that tattoo – unfortunately won't be appreciated given their preoccupation with all-over body tans and dark hair. Still, one can dream...
It’s that time of the season when a blonde bombshell, usually named ‘Charlie’, enters the villa, to woo the girls with his posh accent and somewhat bland personality.
The Love Island landscape can change immeasurably in the space of a few episodes… Since our last Best Bits; Liam left of his own accord on Friday night after being rebuffed by Gemma, the two new girls Afia and Ekin-Su, and by the powers that be in the editing suite. Who are Afia and Ekin-Su? Well, the former has since been dumped from the Island and Ekin-Su has been grafting pretty much anything with a pulse since entering the villa.
Between Gemma and Davide's aversion to reference the age thing, Liam now left to waft around the villa like a deflating balloon, Dami and Amber's fledgling flirt fest, plus Luca's double standards/incredible array of tattoos – this new series has been pretty damn compelling thus far. There, I said it.
Hosted by Blue Peter alumnus Sarah Greene and then BBC continuity presenter/gopher enthusiast, Phillip Schofield, this Saturday morning fare had all the bells and whistles one would expect of a kids’ show during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Among its featured items, we had such hilarity as a ‘Growing Pains’ agony uncle segment; musicians doorstepping fans courtesy of ‘Live Line’; plus a ‘Press Conference’, in which audience members asked politicians questions... No wonder Schofield kept a packet of cigarettes under the desk.
12 Kathy Griffin & Anderson Cooper Did you know that, prior to radio and TV host Andy Cohen, Kathy Griffin used to be Anderson Cooper’s wingwoman for CNN’s annual NYE Times Square coverage? Then, in 2017, the comedian did a photo shoot depicting her touting a fake decapitated head of a certain serving president. This didn’t fit into CNN’s balanced news ethos. After 10 years of service, Griffin was relieved of her NYE duties — and, reportedly, by extension, her friendship with Anderson.
Phones lost on the high seas, drink-driving incidents, staged photo ops, alleged affairs, wiped WhatsApp messages – we knew the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel trial would be a cringe-inducing insight into the weird, wonderful and often woefully unpleasant world inhabited by the wives of Premier League footballers – but it’s fair to say few onlookers were expecting this level of drama.
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