Frank Sidebottom, Simon Pegg, Pickled Turtles, Leia In A Jar And Simon Pegg - Now That's What I Call A Proper Telly Show
The first episode of Frank Sidebottom's Proper Telly Show is online now, courtesy of Channel M, the Manchester TV station that produces it. I doubt you'll see anything so brilliant on TV all week, and certainly nothing so eccentric. You can also see the show on Sky channel 203 or NTL 878.
That's Frank Sidebottom above. I think he bears a striking resemblance to BBC DJ Mark Radcliffe... has anybody ever seen them in the same room at the same time? Or, for that matter, heard them talking over the top of one another?
Episode one features a some pickled Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Princess Leia in a jar, a tour of Timperley and an interview (of sorts) with Antonio Fargas, while Simon Pegg - who was up in Manchester promoting Hot Fuzz - is either in part two of this episode, or coming along in a subsequent installment (I can't see part 2 on my Mac due to weird tech issues that are, really, all my own fault).
Apparently, Sidebottom grilled Pegg on such pressing matters as what colour pen he uses to do his scriptwriting. That's an interview we all want to see.
I hear that young Frank will be launching his belated attack on the American media - first stop Letterman! - on April 1st next year. Unless, of course, I've been pre-emptively fooled.