Todd Carty slips out

So Todd ‘Tucker Jenkins‘ Carty is out of ‘Dancing on Ice.’ It was obviously going to happen sooner rather than later or they would have had to rename the show ‘Sack of Potatoes on Ice.’

To say he was of a lower standard than the other competitors would be an understatement. As one of the judges Jason said, his solo basically consisted of him standing still and smiling at the camera.

Which means that the Charlie Chaplin of ice has finally made his last bow but we all knew that this lovable, slightly roguish figure only had a limited shelf life. He certainly had his share of second chances but these could only be sustained as long as Joe public was willing to cough up and pay to vote for him.

If it had been up to the judges he’d have been out week 1.

I think Todd’s performances (and I’m using the term generously) have actually been outdone by the commuters of Great Britain this last week as they’ve ‘Triple Salchowed‘, ‘Double Axeled‘ and ‘Headbanged‘ their way up and down the UK.

No-one can deny though that he’s been entertaining. I watched his performance to the song ‘Help!’ a number of times on YouTube and couldn’t help laughing each time when he whizzed off stage and re-appeared a few moments later with a sheepish grin on his face. But you can only do this so many times before the joke wears as thin as the ice he was skating on.

But he is a natural comedian and I hope to see him on the box in the near future. As is the case with these programmes they are usually undertaken to revive or kick-start a flagging career. It would be a shame to lose him to out-of-work-TV-hell.

But for Dancing on Ice, this particular sack of spuds has had his chips.

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  1. This brings me nicely to that Grange Hill spin off series, Tucker’s Luck, which I am sure you will remember. I recall you looking up one day from devouring the remnants of 9 course dinner, saw me watching this programme and asked without any particular venom “Does anyone give a flying f*** about Tucker anymore? You know, would anyone actually care if he just went and topped himself?” For some reason Grange Hill/Tucker’s Luck supremo, Phil Redmond, decided against the Tucker Blows His Brains Out or Tucker Gases Himself With A Tube From A Car Exhaust storyline. Don’t know why.

  2. Nine courses? Someone pinched one, I only remember eight! Apart from that I can’t remember this conversation at all!

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