As the BBC cuts bite, it seems there is no more money in the kitty for grotesque seven foot tall stuffed foxes, the services of Ulrika Jonsson and oversized prams in which to wheel around Jack Dee. Yes, Shooting Stars has suffered its second cancellation, but we couldn’t let it go without recounting some of our favourite moments from the show you could never quite describe to non-Brits. Rest In Peace Shooting Stars.
As part of ‘Vic and Bob night’ the BBC aired this original pilot for Shooting Stars. Some of the elements remained and some were jettisoned, including the team names of helicopters and aeroplanes.
Mark Lamarr struck by bear
Before Jack Dee, Mark Lamarr was the grumpy stooge whom Vic and Bob attempted to humiliate in final bizarre challenges. This memorable edition saw Lamarr having to fend off taxidermied animals of ever increasing size until he met his match – the grizzly bear.
George’s Baked Potato Song
George’s songs were a round which could be chosen from the Dove from Above, or latterly the Beast from the East, the Vest from the West and Donald Cox the Sweaty Fox. When Ulrika Johnson picked George’s song in 2007 she was treated to this beautiful tribute to the baked potato.
What creature is this? He appeared at least twice in the series, but we never quite understood what it was.
Gregg Wallace teabags an actor playing a Maths professor
Kirsty Walker is a University of Manchester graduate with possibly their most pointless degree - Television Production. She is the content editor for End of Show and has contributed one chapter to True Blood : The Fangbanger's Guide for Smartpop Books and two words to Morgan Spurlock's 'Comic Con Episode 4 : A Fans Hope. She also once came third on The Weakest Link, and is therefore Runcorn's most successful media professional.