Some people love Peter Kay and think he's a comedy genius, others hate everything he does.
I'm in the "love" camp - "Phoenix Nights" was one of the best comedies of the past few years.
Event TV is a rarity these days, so a new Peter Kay show was definitely a must-see. Thankfully, last night's "Britain's Got the Pop Factor . . . And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice" (Channel 4) delivered.
I finally managed to watch the show tonight. It may not have been the side-splitting comedy you'd expect, but as a sharp, acutely observed parody of "X Factor" - even down to the set, the opening titles, the voiceovers, the camera shots - nothing was overlooked. Reuniting the "Pop Idol" panel of Pete Waterman, Nikki Chapman and Doctor Fox was a stroke of genius. The sob stories of contestants R Wayne and 2 Up 2 Down (think Same Difference with wheelchairs) may have been in bad taste, but it was funny bad taste nonetheless. And Kay's own gender-bending creation Geraldine's medley of "Free Nelson Mandela-ela-ela, under my umbrella" was inspired.
And that "Winners Song" co-written by Peter Kay and some little-known chap called Gary Barlow (!) has been stuck in our heads all night. Strangely enough I remember it more than the new Take That song which was on the radio this morning, and which I wasn't too thrilled about on one listen. One year ago I said the very same thing about "Rule The World" and went on to love it, so I won't make any judgements just yet. :))