TV review: Sports summer gives way to a disgruntled Russian winter in The Great

Someone once said that “politics is just showbiz for ugly people”. Likewise, I am beginning to think that, for those obsessed with such issues, politics takes the place that sport does in the minds of others.

he could be the reason why, when the congress or the football season is over, both types need something to fill the empty hours until the next one moves on, and that is the role. currently being filled by the Tory leadership election in the UK.

Our Next Prime Minister

BBC One, Monday, 9pm

Our next prime minister – and one “our” owned protection – is said to be on important issues like the cost-of-living crisis, taxes, Brexit, Ukraine. But really it’s just a fix for news junkies who can’t stand the lack of some political pundits over the next few weeks.

In fact, it’s not a very interesting argument. The other two contenders, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, floundered as only trained waffle makers can make it, while host Sophie Raworth wore a dark red outfit, the color of Labor party. Whether this makes more sense or not, who can say?

Women’s T20 Cricket

BBC Two, Monday, 6pm

On the other side, there is some real sport as England’s women’s cricket team meets South Africa in the third of three T20 matches.

Cricket has a reputation for being boring, but really, with a good chase in the match, it can be quite fun. However, not right now. With six balls left, South Africa needs 48 runs. Even a novice like me knows that won’t happen.

Even here, though, politics is inevitable. When British fast pitcher Issy Wong took the racket with only the fourth serve of the match, it was observed that no woman had ever bowled faster than 80mph. Wong hopes to be the first. On the other hand, some men can run more than 100mph.

It leads to a brief discussion of the “physiological disadvantage” that women have when compared to men.

No one has explicitly stated that this is why women’s sports need the shielding of men who identify as women, but it certainly makes sense. Politics and sports go hand in hand like horse racing and gambling.

Galway races

RTÉ2, Monday-Thursday, 5pm

Video of the day

It was a very awkward link to The Galway Races, returning to Ballybrit with a full-capacity crowd for the first time since pre-Covid.

A fun occasion, sure?

However, following the daily news, I can’t help but wonder why betting companies are still allowed to sponsor sporting events while other businesses have their profits based on life-destroying addictions. , such as liquor and tobacco brands, were brought in the door? Adopting the slogan “responsible gambling” does not change the nature of the industry.

I also wonder why in this day and age riders are still allowed to whip their horses? From this year, caning has been banned in Sweden. Other countries are bound to follow. Why not take the lead? If no one uses the whip, the best horses and riders will still win. Yes, I may not be the target audience, but that spoils the fun for me.

It didn’t help that Tuesday’s show opened with all four hosts that day standing there with giant heads over them depicting the members of U2. They have their reasons. Alas, their reasons are not good enough.


England’s Beth Mead scores against Sweden. Photo: Danny Lawson

UEFA Women’s Euro 2022

RTE2, Tuesday, 7:30pm

The race is finally over, it’s time for the women’s Euro semi-final between England and Sweden.

In good conscience, I couldn’t ask for more women’s sports on TV as I usually don’t watch any sport, male or female. Sports viewers must be the final arbiter of what is shown.

But it’s reassuring to see broadcasters enthusiastic about supporting tournaments that aren’t always taken seriously.

Commentator George Hamilton began the proceedings by announcing: “There are three games left, and this is the first of them.” Well, it would be, wouldn’t it? If it was the second, there would be only two left.

On the BBC, there are many talks about “a nation’s hope” based on results. By the time England took a 4-0 lead, we were told it was “Roy of the Rovers Stuff” and there was a mention of “the ghosts at rest”. I think it’s only on Quick program that football pundits were selling such clichés.

It was a good match. At least, I think so. How can I know?

Honestly, I probably won’t watch Sunday’s final. But these hours of live sports seem to make others extremely happy. I am not reluctant to give them their escape pleasures in the slightest.

Wonderful thing

Channel 4, Wednesday, 10 p.m

The first The Great series premieres on Sunday. The second series, which started this week, has moved to Wednesday.

I don’t know if this represents a promotion or a dismissal, but it would be a pity if it was the latter, because this comedy is about a future rivalry for the throne of Russia between Catherine the Great ( Elle Fanning) and her cruelty. , crazy husband Peter III (Nicholas Hoult) is just ludicrously entertaining.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how fast and loose TV plays with historical authenticity – think Netflix Convince – but Wonderful thing don’t care about any of that.

The fact that it doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a nagging, violent, sombre, cynical joke, isn’t exactly what makes it work so well.

The first episode ends, typically with Peter giving his wife a gift of his lover’s severed head.

It’s a testament to Wonderful thingThe ability to combine genres where the most terrifying moments are still truly shocking amidst all the chaos Continue casual style.

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