Is This Blog Recapping That?

Just before the Balls officially drop and the Strictly cast is revealed (yes, you can expect jokes of that calibre all through Ed Balls three week stay on Strictly) I just thought I’d take this opportunity to clear up what will and will not be recapped here over the forthcoming months, because you have been asking. Or at least I’d like to pretend you’re asking. I’M POPULAR!

Great British Bake Off : Yes. Whenever it starts, probably when the Olympics is over, Steve and I will be giving the usual weekly coverage of the race to crown Nadiya’s Successor. Yes it’s a year since Nadiya came into all our lives. Think on that.

Ru-Paul’s Drag Race All Stars : No. Although there may well be some form of round up post at the end, if this Survivor twist doesn’t render the show completely unwatchable.

X Factor : No

The Voice ITV : Deffffffinitely Not

The Voice Kids ITV : Double fucking no with a Widdy on top

The Apprentice : No. So really the point of this post is to reveal officially in a venue that isn’t twitter that I will not be recapping The Apprentice this year. For a number of reasons, of which the following are some- last series wasn’t very good ; the series before was worse ; whilst not completely divorced, the link between what’s seen on screen and the final results of the show are too far apart for it not to feel a bit pointless writing up what is essentially 12 weeks of pointless improv comedy ; the show itself is now working at an approximate ratio in terms of “content” : “taking the piss out of the content” of about 1 : 6, I can only add so much to it ; the new recap format felt a bit half-hearted even to me ; possibly as a result, whilst QUARTER 4 of 2015 was the most succesful in the history of the blog in terms of readers, The Apprentice recaps were the least read for that show since Series 5 ; doing it at the same time as Strictly recaps and probably the tail end of Bake Off recaps feels like it would be TOO MUCH ; nobody will ever top Dicky (except possibly in the more fevered corners of my imagination). I will, however, be doing a Monkies Of Monkies poll set covering the entire Monkseal Era, so watch out of that.

Strictly Come Dancing : Which will allow me more room to milk the living life out of Strictly Come Dancing until he never want to read a word I’ve written about it ever again. By which I mean I’m adding limited daily It Takes Two coverage to the blog. Mostly because I’m miffed I never got to recap Zoe Ball properly in 2005 let’s be be honest.

That Gary Barlow Musical Thing : Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe? I mean, on the one hand, Gary Barlow. On the other, Graham Norton AND Musical Theatre Brats again, it’s been too long. WATCH THIS SPACE (depending entirely on when it airs probably).

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16 thoughts on “Is This Blog Recapping That?

  1. obelia

    Cheers for the update monkseal. As a huge fan of your Apprentice blogs it’s a sad but not unexpected announcement – I can TOTALLY see why you wouldn’t want to do them any more. So just wanted to say thank you for the many years of fantastic Apprentice recaps (amongst all your others. And hey, any time you feel like going back to do recaps of the early series…. you know, in that imaginary future when you find untold time on your hands…)

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    1. CaptnPaedoWithSpoonsForHands

      Hear Hear! When you started doing the full recaps in Series 5 (by far my favourite series) it was fantastic – often reread them too.
      Last few there has been so little to work with it’s been a struggle, that much has been obvious from the last series. A shame, but its been a well worth read. Now when is bake off back?

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  2. Madmags

    Did you say “I’M POPULAR!” just to bring back glorious memories of Danielle and Lauren’s Over the Rainbow rivalry. If only there were a new programme as good as that …

    Not fussed about the Apprentice anymore but thrilled about It Takes Two. So much material, so little time πŸ™‚

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  3. JKK

    As long as you’re recapping strictly and bake off, all is good in my [very BBC1]. I look forward to the recaps more than strictly itself (although that might even up when Len leaves). Thank you for your wonderful blog.

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  4. Penny

    As a non-Apprentice watcher it’s all good, knowing that you’re keeping on top of the more unmissable titbits of ITT for me will be an invaluable public service.

    How long will the sodding Olympics go on? I need Bakeoff!

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  5. BeyonceCastle

    But you’ll blog celebrity apprentice USA with Arnie, next January, right? πŸ˜‰
    Looking forward to GBBO and SCD immensely but your blog more.

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  6. jgcameron1992

    This is all fiiiine by me πŸ™‚ I LOVE your strictly recaps and wouldn’t be without them and completely agree with you on the diminishing quality of the Apprentice. I would love an end of series ranking for RPDRAS2 though!

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  7. Minxy

    Yeah
    ITT recaps – I am so happy
    Strictly is nearly back. Hasn’t this year flown by?
    Ooh bigger imissed sewing bee so. Glad I can catch up here – I prefer your blogs

    And bake off too

    You spoil us Monkie

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  8. Ross Nolan

    As a huge Apprentice fan, I’m sad to hear you won’t continue the recaps but I do understand why. I’d like to echo obelia’s early comment and thank you for all the entertainment you gave us over the years, which, and I know this a cliche, but was often a lot better than the show itself. Thanks for keeping them up over the years and all the best! πŸ™‚

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    1. Sue Howarth

      That is very generous of you. I have been thinking some rude words in Monkseal’s direction following the tantrum on RPDR, but indeed your right, I am very grateful for all the entertainment

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