They managed it in the early days of SNT. Everything felt far more natural and fun. Whereas tonight, the second Ant said he had big news, I knew it was a set up for a joke or lead in to something.
I think that's looking back at the early series with rose-tinted glasses a bit, of course it was going to be a set-up for a joke. You can't expect subtlety on this series. There were loads of bits on the early series that were contrived and stagey too, probably more so than now.
Both of those games are ones I played versions of as a child. There are far more original game ideas on YouTube.
And the other thing as well is that, regardless if they're on YouTube (and as you say, Make Em Laugh especially is hardly a concept), on YouTube Ant and Dec aren't playing them. We're watching this for Ant and Dec, not the format.
Anyway, last night we had Kevin Whateley dressed as Geoff from Byker Grove and not being introduced and named, and last week they were able to chuck away a reunion with a soldier returning from Afghanistan in thirty seconds. It's a remarkable series. I would also suggest it is the best thing on TV right now.
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