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So here we have quite probably the most despised celebrity in the UK
interviewing a selection of other celebrities who on the most part no
one else is interested in interviewing.
In some cases I don't understand why these people have agreed to be interviewed by this man in the first place, but in many they are just attention whores or interested in making a quick buck.
Piers' "confrontational" style isn't about finding the person behind the public facade, it's about asking rude, crass and stupid questions in a failed attempt to create sensationalist TV.
Ironically about the only person I'd feel comfortable watching Piers Morgan being this obnoxious to is Piers Morgan himself. I'd love to watch an AI version of himself asking the real Piers Morgan these kinds of questions and laugh as he walked out halfway through the interview.
Like him or loath him Piers Morgan is a smart guy and a good
interviewer, and of all the formats ITV have put him into this is the
one that works the best.
With his unique interviewing style Morgan manages to both put the subject of the programme at a state of ease, while also getting the juicy information from them at the same time. He isn't afraid to ask the probing questions that we as an audience want and that makes a nice contrast to the other occasions we see these celebs on programmes promoting their latest book, film etc.
What I also admire is that the subjects of these interviews are (apart from a couple of exceptions) proper stars with longevity in their field. We care about them and their story.
Overall a good occasional feature of our schedules.
Piers Morgan is in his element in his 1 hour life stories show. He asks
questions that many people want answered. If that were not true we
wouldn't have so many supermarket tabloids! As a former editor of The
Sun, News of the World and the Daily Mirror, from which he was fired,
he was involved in digging into celebrity private lives and making them
more down to earth by showing they are human.
I personally love Piers' style of asking questions. He doesn't seem to care whether the person he's asking the question of likes the question or him or not. His goal is to get the question answered one way or another.
In this series Piers spends an hour with people who are mostly well known in England, although having said that he has interviewed celebrities that are known all over the world, such as Sir Elton John, Richard Branson, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell. I would say many tune in to see some of their beloved celebrities and sports people from their childhood. I certainly watched the Barbara Windsor episode with glee as I remembered growing up watching her in the "Carry On" films.
I believe that Piers is the only one to have made Simon Cowell weep a tear on camera and that must take some doing! The interviews are fun, interesting and not really shocking. I love the combination of Piers interviewing with video's of relatives and friends dotted throughout the hour. In some ways it sort of reminds me of "This is your Life" except Piers is not parading a group of people out to meet the celebrity, they are talking on video.
A thoroughly enjoyable series that gives me a little more insight into some of my favorite celebrities.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Piers Morgan had his career rising with many programmes, including Britain's/America's Got Talent and the one or two interview programmes, and this was his new chat show that became good viewing programme. This programme brings in a celebrity who has been in the limelight for either a few years with great success, or many years with great success, they may have made loads of headlines, good and bad, and it really examines what makes them who they are. Morgan asks the bluntest of questions to get to the real person behind whatever makes them famous, such as television, film, music, comedy, money, fashion, sport, marriages, good and bad publicity, and also how their personal lives have been changed through their careers. Interviews have included with Sharon Osbourne, Sir Richard Branson, Katie Price (Jordan), Sheila Hancock, Ulrika Jonsson, Richard Madeley, Cilla Black, Boris Becker, Katherine Jenkins, Dannii Minogue, Ronnie Corbett, Vinnie Jones, Gordon Brown, Simon Cowell, Kym Marsh, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Joan Collins, Geri Halliwell, Michael Winner, Barbara Windsor, Russell Watson, Cheryl Cole, Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle, Kelly Osbourne, Sir Elton John, Russell Brand, Patsy Palmer, Ann Widdecombe, David Hasselhoff, John Prescott, Des O'Connor, James Corden, Rolf Harris, Paul Gascoigne, Peter Andre, Donny Osmond, William Roache, Frank Bruno, Carol Vorderman, Jason Donovan, Dennis Waterman, Lulu, Jimmy Tarbuck, Sir Roger Moore, Dame Kelly Holmes, Denise Welch, Ronan Keating, Felicity Kendal, Burt Reynolds, Esther Rantzen, Lorraine Kelly, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Bruno Tonioli, Britt Ekland, Karren Brady, Julie Goodyear, Gloria Hunniford, Brian Blessed, Julian Clary, Pete Waterman, Michael Flatley, June Brown, Mary Berry, Neil Morrissey, Beverly Callard, Martin Kemp, Tony Blackburn, Ian Botham, Alesha Dixon, Andre Flintoff, Bear Grylls, Lionel Richie, Mo Farah, John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon, Warwick Davis, Raquel Welch, Timothy West, Sir Cliff Richard, Lord Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lord Sir Alan Sugar. Very good!
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