Don’t point at David Ginola. He does not like that. He REALLY does not like that. Matty Lee, the Olympic diver who won a gold medal as part of a duo with the more famous Tom Daley, is totally unflappable. I don’t know why he isn’t used to sort out pretty much everything in the world, because nothing fazes him.
The music producer Naughty Boy only goes by the name Naughty Boy and has a strong bond with his mother. Frankie Bridge is very likeable. So is Snoochie Shy. And so is Simon Gregson. He plays Steve McDonald in Coronation Street. He is like your solid, self-deprecating mate who’ll always calm things down if it gets a bit testy when you’re all out.
I know this important information about these people because of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! It’s a great show. I like how it is a study in human behaviour, when different personality types are equalised by having to wear the same uniform and uncoupled from their normal, and normalising, surroundings. And I also like watching rotten food and insects being dumped on minor celebs as they perform meaningless tasks. Who doesn’t?
But I particularly like Ant and Dec. I have never tired of their schtick. They’re funny and very watchable. However, I didn’t see that they would become the laser-guided satirists who, between bites of sheep testicles, would bring Boris Johnson’s premiership under serious threat. The Downing Street non-party party story was a story before the great Geordies got involved.
When my teenage son told me he had heard about the ghost party on a random TikTok and how it had then become a major topic in his friends’ chats, it was clear this story was cutting through. But Ant and Dec took it beyond when they honed in on it on their show and made it one of the key political and cultural moments of our time. So much so that Keir Starmer referenced them in Prime Ministers Questions in the Commons.
It is curious to live in a time of such shifting sands that people like Ant and Dec and current and former Manchester United stars Marcus Rashford and Gary Neville are leading the challenge to the sitting government.