10 O Clock ShowThe 10 'O Clock Show is Channel 4's new live show, in which 4 talented performers embarrass themselves with sub-standard sketches standing alongside not terribly insightful political discussion. Or at least that seems to be the point, anyway.
The show stuttered from one segment to the next, with some sections feeling excruciatingly short, and each interview being cut off just as it was about to get interesting. There were some pieces of amusement- Mitchell's look, which was basically David Mitchell's soapbox, was the funniest part of the show, it being a format that Mitchell is very suited for. Charlie Brooker's piece on Tunisia was the closest the show came to satire, and rather under cut the really unfunny sketch by Jimmy Carr earlier on.
The actual political discussion was... ok, but to be honest Mitchell needs to go in with more preperation. When talking to David Willets at the end Mitchell seemed genuinely surprised that Willets is ideologically in favour of students paying for their university education, and let Willet's idea of the working man paying for university students go unchallenged.
For the really bad parts, the gags about the week were generally poor, most of the table discussion between the hosts was stilted and unfunny. Lauren Laverne had nothing to do all show; I'm not entirely sure why it has to be 3 men and 1 woman, with the woman just sheparding the boys, basically. Lauren Laverne is a talented person, but she's not really a comedian, and surely picking a female comedian would be smarter.
There also seems to be no reason for the show to be live. The audience didn't seem to be enjoying themselves enough, partially because I expect most of them didn't know what was going to occur, so missed some jokes which were actually funny. I don't see why a pre-recorded show filmed wednesday wouldn't work. It would lose a little immediacy, but would gain a lot of polish.
It could well get better, but I imagine I'll wait until it does. Right now its a bit of a mess.