OPINION: Broadcaster Steve Allen on issues of today

PUBLISHED: 09:49 24 July 2017


My first TV show airs on BBC2 this week

This week has been one of the strangest of my life.

For a while now I have been passing comment on the news on the afternoon radio show, in a podcast or two or in these columns, but now I’ll be doing that on TV.

I’m in The Mash Report on BBC 2 at 10pm on Thursdays. If you miss it it’ll be on the iPlayer.

This is my first real experience of working in television and it’s already been strange.

One national newspaper reviewed the show over the weekend and gave us three stars, which isn’t bad when you consider we didn’t film the TV show till three days later.

It seems reviews are done by people with precognition, like in the film The Minority Report.

I wonder if they could tell me if next year’s show I’ll do at the Edinburgh Fringe will be worth the effort.

On my first day of filming the pilot I was told that I’d have to learn to be more of a demanding diva if I was going to make it.

I’ve tried. When the runner asks what kind of a coffee I’d like I tried to make up something impossible to get but sure enough they returned with a half-caf gluten-free organic quinoa shake.

In fact, everyone was drinking one.

It’s not all fun, the hours are long and I have to go into make-up before we film.

Fellow bald men will know what it’s like, I have shine issues.

I have to have so much powder put on I’m in the chair longer than someone playing a monster on Doctor Who.

If I sneeze it looks like I’ve just staked a vampire.

I can’t complain but we’ll see what happens as the series continues.

I’ll keep you posted here.

• Tune into Steve’s Friday show on Time 107.5 FM at 2.15pm for the weekly local paper review with the Recorder.

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