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1 hour ago, mirodo said:

POSSIBLE SERIES 13 LINE UP REVEALED

 

Someone posted the supposed S13 line up on Reddit the other week (they started filming the studio segments). Presumably they will reveal the cast at the end of the current series.

 

Spoilered below, with the caveat that it might be wrong. (The post on Reddit was deleted shortly after it was posted, but not before I screengrabbed it).

 

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New cast are Ardal O'Hanlon, Chris Ramsay, Judi Love, Sophie Duker and Bridget Christie.

 

 

That lineup seems more suited to those special mini Christmas series...

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23 hours ago, QuackQuack said:

 

That lineup seems more suited to those special mini Christmas series...

Seems pretty strong to me. 

 

I rewatched the first episode of this series again last night - it's a cracking opener, and hopefully the start of a great series. I don't think there's a weak link in the contestants - they were all good fun. Alan Davies is a great addition. He can switch between being amusingly incompetent and actually pretty shrewd at the drop of a hat, and is perfectly happy being the butt of jokes, or self-deprecating. He fills the "old codger" role beautifully. But Morgana definitely looks set to be the star of the series (I love a good swear, and she's very good at it).

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Good episode tonight. Victoria proved she's not as much of a dick as her prick of a brother. 

 

Morganna was excellent again. But surely I can't be the only one that was disappointed when Sonia appeared in the EastEnders snowglobe and she didn't do her impression.

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I’m not really feeling this series so far. It’s enjoyable, as ever, but I don’t think the tasks have been that great and the contestants haven’t particularly shone. Often I think it needs a good running grudge between a couple of contestants or some stitch ups and it’s all been pretty safe so far. Not sure that any of them have had the opportunity to come up with innovative solutions or batshit approaches to tasks, which always go down well. 

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The thing that’s missing this series is an an utterly inept contestant a la Baddiel or Parkinson. There’s usually a contrast between the ones managing the tasks in competent and/or amusing ways and the one who routinely fails to grasp even the basic concepts and makes themself look more of an idiot as the series progresses. This time it’s a decent bunch but they’re all too good - they need a clueless one to balance it out.

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14 minutes ago, Kryptonian said:

For some reason it's not showing 'on demand' on Sky for me and someone cancelled the recording :( 

Try the all4 app?   Something has really broken channel 4 lately. Went to watch series 4 last night and wouldn’t stream or download.

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9 minutes ago, davidcotton said:

Try the all4 app?   Something has really broken channel 4 lately. Went to watch series 4 last night and wouldn’t stream or download.

 

Cheers - we don't have the app on the TV but the episode is on there on my phone. We might have to wait for the repeat unless I can do some technical workaround

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Man Thursday's was poor. That 'copy Alex' was one of the all time bad tasks. 

 

It seems like they really front loaded the good tasks into the first episode because the last two have been crap. 

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Aye, I really don't like tasks like that copy Alex one and the welly boot videos were all really disappointing, as well.

 

The sand bridge task just felt like a repeat of previous tasks and the "Troy" clue was way too obscure.

 

Overall, it felt like a poor episode.

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I'm enjoying the studio segments of this season but the UK producers seem to have forgotten how to write open-ended tasks that lend themselves to improvisation. There's only so many times I can watch the cast doing the same thing with tiny variations and still find it entertaining.

 

I miss the types of task where they'd each read it and then go 'fetch me an X, y and a z' and you got 5 completely different insane approaches. Happily the NZ version is full of them!

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44 minutes ago, El Pibe said:

the "Troy" clue was way too obscure.

 

Definitely. If Alex hadn't deliberately discussed it, I don't think it'd ever have been discovered.

 

"Debajo de la mesa" was so much more blatant, not in the literal translation but the fact that everything you'd need was entirely visible from the right vantage point, not hidden away.

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Thursdays episode was the first episode I’ve not finished. That copy Alex task was utter, utter shite, made worse by the irritating music.

 

As others have said, there’s hardly any variance to the outcomes of tasks this series, compounded by the cast not being particularly spontaneously funny so far (think the lack of a crowd contributes to this, the studio bits feel pretty flat)

 

Other than that, enjoying it.

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1 hour ago, El Pibe said:

Aye, I really don't like tasks like that copy Alex one and the welly boot videos were all really disappointing, as well.

 

The sand bridge task just felt like a repeat of previous tasks and the "Troy" clue was way too obscure.

 

Overall, it felt like a poor episode.

 

It felt like a repeat, to be honest. Like you say they've done the bridge task before and the boot camera was essentially exactly the same as the head camera a few years back (the 'Alex being born' video among others).

 

A crying shame, and it was inevitable, but it seems like the imagination has deserted it somewhat. 

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Earlier in the current series of Only Connect, Victoria wore a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses for the entire episode without comment. Last night, she had a (temporary (I assume)) flower tattoo on her face which was also never mentioned. I'm sure there's been at least one other episode where she was wearing something a bit odd but I can't remember what - deely boppers or cat ears perhaps (or did I dream it?)

 

Anyway our theory is that she's been set one of those special "only for one contestant" tasks which she is fulfilling on her own show. Either that or Alex has given her a nervous breakdown.

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I assume part of the task is "you must never acknowledge that you are doing this."

 

Or my alternative theory is correct and the Taskmaster experience has broken her mind.

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Anything VCM to liven this series up would be gratefully appreciated. Think it’s the weakest one I can remember. 
 

In every previous series, at least one of the ‘roles’ has featured a star turn. The slightly cynical contestant, the quirky contestant, the old git contestant etc. They’re all nice enough in this series but they all pale into insignificance compared to their predecessors. Like others have said, a lot of this is due to some fairly limited tasks. 

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