Sure Isn’t It All About The Children

The Midnight Court performed a valuable and admirably contemporaneous assessment of the annual horror show that is the Late Late Toy Show.

A letter in the Independent expresses some concern at the poor show this year:

I also add that, in my opinion, last Friday’s ‘Late Late Toy Show’ was one of the worst ever. I say this, not alone, because most of the remote-control toys didn’t work in the studio on the night, but also as many of the children featured appeared both poorly rehearsed and disinterested.

Disinterested? I have visions of young scamps ignoring the cornucopia of loathsome contraptions to serve hot whiskeys and mince pies to the audience, or denouncing the entire spectacle and calling for food packages to the poor.

On the other hand, if the children seemed uninterested, it might tell us something about who the show is really about.

Somewhat related, an excerpt of a report on What Would Jesus Buy?, which doesn’t look as though it’ll be shown in Ireland:

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5 Responses to “Sure Isn’t It All About The Children”


  1. 1 copernicus December 5, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    On the question of for whom the show is really put on, I couldn’t help but notice the prostate advertising directly after. And the endless parade of expensive goods with a significant one-in-the-eye-for-the-neighbours factor.

    The electric BMW 630 took the biscuit.

  2. 2 Hugh Green December 6, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    The electric BMW 630 took the biscuit.

    Christ almighty. Say what you want about teddy bears, but at least they have no useful function in the adult world of careers, markets, and mortgages. I was in a toy shop in rural Northern Ireland recently. You should have seen the size and the lustrous detail of the toy diggers, tractors and cement mixers on sale.

  3. 3 Marian Quinn December 7, 2007 at 9:57 am

    Visiting the toy shops already! Of course, you now have the classic excuse to buy all those toys you always wanted but never got – but mini JCBs?

  4. 4 Hugh Green December 7, 2007 at 10:42 am

    I admit I was transfixed by the display, yet somewhat disappointed at the absence of ride-on Massey Fergusons, a much-coveted item from early childhood. The point of the visit, though, was the conclusion of many months’ forced research into the relative merits of carry-cots and bathing equipment.

  5. 5 Marian Quinn December 7, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Yes, as I recall, the impedimenta needed to translate one infant would serve a fair sized expeditionary force.


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