As time-sucks go, searching YouTube for retro TV themes is pretty high up on the list. While browsing through the themes, I came across a few shows that scared the hell out of me when I was a kid.
Remember these creepy TV shows?
The Moomins: Floaty, expressionless hippo-like creatures and a small, slightly evil child? Just wrong. Plus you couldn't see them speak.
Round the Twist: This Australian program followed a family living in a lighthouse. Cute, right? No. One storyline revolved around a green baby, found in a cabbage patch, that held it's breath and turned blue when taken away from the boy who found it. Cue a week of nightmares.
Goosebumps: Based on the series of horror books for kids, Goosebumps was terrifying. I used to watch it with my sister, hiding behind a fort of pillows.
This year's Britain's Got Talent is brilliant. Here's why:
It's full of funny, surprisingly cute men. Ant & Dec are, as usual, brilliantly banter-filled. Stephen Mulhern is an underrated comedy genius on Britain's Got More Talent. And then there's Michael McIntyre.
I quite fancy Michael. He's funny, cuddly and has just the right amount of witty retorts and sensitivity for the role of judge.
Then you've got the acts. Like Out of the Blue, the acapella group made of Oxford students, or Michael Moral, the bendiest dancer I've ever seen.
Sure, the emotional back stories can be a bit irritating, and The Hoff has all the personality of a spoon. But it's fun.
With so-bad-it's-good The Only Way Is Essex coming to the end of its second series, a gap is left for another reality show to keep us addicted throughout the summer. Luckily, we've got three to choose from!
Geordie Shores - MTV brings its popular Jersey Shore format to the UK, from May 24th. The series will follow a group of socialites in Newcastle upon Tyne, and I've got no doubt they'll play up to stereotype if they take a leaf out of TOWIE's book.
Made in Chelsea - E4's offering is a posh take on TOWIE, full of super-rich kids, fast cars and lots and lots of designer clothing. It kicks off on May 9th at 9pm, and I'll definitely be watching this one. If only because one of the characters is called Binky. That's right, Binky.
Big Brother - Wait, stick with me! Big Brother is migrating over to Five, and kicking off the new season with a celebrity special in the summer. And it might include Charlie Sheen. For that reason alone, I'll be tuning in.
Which reality show will you be tuning into this year?
What happens when you cross the UK version of The Office with the US version?
David Brent makes a guest appearance in the seventh season (yup, seventh!) to mark the leaving of the main character Michael Scott (played by Steve Carell.) Seeing as Michael and David are basically the same character, it makes for some rather brilliant TV.
Are you a fan of The Office US? How does it compare to the UK version?
Mary Portas: Secret Shopper kicked off this week with a look at the customer service offered on the high street, particularly budget fashion store Pilot (I swear they went broke a few years back?)
I share Mary's hatred for bad customer service. I can count on one hand the number of high street stores who actually offer good customer service (Boots, Lush and Dorothy Perkins being three.) Bad customer service experiences however are too many to count.
But unlike Mary, I'm not surprised. In fact, I almost expect bad customer service in stores where the clothing is an absolute bargain. Naively, I consider it the payoff. But why should that be the case? Customer service employees are there to offer customer service, regardless of how much you're paying for a dress.
Getting The Only Way Is Essex withdrawal symptoms? Luckily for you, the Christmas special of the UK's answer to The Hills is just around the corner, with Z-lister and lady-botherer Jack Tweed rumoured to star as nightclub owner Mark's best friend.
To tide you over until then, check out the Cassetteboy remix below of The Only Way is Essex, featuring Mark, Lauren, Amy and co telling each other to 'Shut uuuup'. Repeatability.
Tomorrow we get a look at the real contenders in the X Factor and that list has to include Cher Lloyd who wowed Cheryl, Simon and Louis with her rendition of Soulja Boy's Turn My Swag On. Those comparing Cher with Cheryl as an artist are way wide of the mark, as Cher's natural charisma and edge put her streets ahead in my not so humble opinion. She could do with a little styling, as the overplucked eyebrows are not a great look, but over all she reminded me of more of Jamie Winstone than Cheryl Cole, which is definitely a good thing in my book.
The fact that she is reported to have been incredibly nervous at boot camp just adds to her appeal, as she seems like a real person to whom the audience can relate.
So glad to see that we appear to be being spared all the sob stories this year. We all have tragedy in our lives and using it to win a talent contest shows little class. Long may this current absence of emotional manipulation continue.
Here at DollyMix we are all of a quiver at the thought of the return to our screens of the wondrous Glee. We were already excited at the news of Britney's appearance, but talk that Javier Bardem is to appear has tipped us over the edge.
More than anything we long to see the divine Jane Lynch, hot from her Emmy award win, back as the incomparable Sue Sylvester. We miss her acid tongue and secret soft side.
The series returns in the US on Fox 21st September but there is still no word as to when those of us in the UK will be able to see it on E4. Come on E4, put us out of our misery!
That Tampax Pearl advert is really getting my goat at the moment. What's the heck is it on about? "I invented pearl!" "Not that pearl, this pearl!" What? Erm... I'm confused. Not only confused, but really really bored of 'lady adverts'. Why are they so patronising?