Monday, 19 May 2003

[OLD SITE] Big Strong Boys travesty

People who know me will know how much I used to love watching the BBC1 morning DIY show which appeared under the moniker 'Big Strong Boys'. Obviously many a gay joke has reared its ugly head. Anyway, we're getting off topic. I could quite happily watch the repeats of these, obviously God was spoiling me when I actually saw one I hadn't seen before, which did happen sometimes, not often, but sometimes.

I learnt many a DIY skill from Jake and Gav, who were almost like mentors to me. I think children without a father could do a lot worse than to adopt those two. Jake, the cockney lad of the two, would undertake most of the building work, this would include shelving units, wardrobes..any number of things. Gavin, or Gav to his friends specialised in the electrical jobs towards the end of the series. He did still construct floating shelves and the like, but felt happier handling the more technical tasks. Gav I believe, was from Guildford, the little town where I am at university, and so was the more 'upper class' of the pair, yet still he wasn't a snob.

"So what is the travesty you have led us to believe is to occur by the title Keith?" I can hear you shout. I can you know. "What could possibly ruin this perfect ensemble of presenters/skilled workmen?" Well I can answer those questions fans, hold tight. The new series of Big Strong Boys has begun, good news? No.

The presenters have been replaced by no-good-scousing-big-brother-winning-Craig Phillips, and some cheap copy of Jake who I do not care to remember. I forced myself to watch a couple of episodes from the new series as I felt it was only fair. 'God awful' I think is the only term to amply describe it. The two new 'boys' don't have the chemistry the other lads had. I am often describing things as works of the devil, but if ever there was a good example of his work, this is it. Join me in my protest, and be loyal to Jake and Gav, the Gods of morning DIY.

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