The problem is there is no real energy present, Noel spends most of the show sat down! The soap opera must have sounded a fantastic idea on paper but it really doesn't work, you really do need the doorbell ringing and Noel answering the door to a celeb playing a character from the village rather than just chucking them all together in a 5 minute scene!
But what was that 5 minutes VT
sketch covering for in the studio? What was being reset/struck for later?
Wait Till I Get You Home, from series 2 onwards, gave the studio crew breathing space, the gallery time to recalculate timings and to set up for NTV usually straight afterwards.
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