"Nobody Cared" - Paul Gold, 2005
I was just reading a British entertainment newsletter which contained the following piece:
The final episode of Who Do You Think You Are? ended with a relatively disappointing 4.95m (21.2%) on Monday night. The celebrity genealogy show had previously averaged over 6 million viewers every week of its eight-episode run. The final episode, featuring Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, was moved from the show's regular Wednesday 9pm slot to Monday at 9pm to make way for Silent Witness. Overall, the third series has averaged a massive 6.3m (11.1%) for BBC One.
Now with all due respect to the double-barrelled-surnamed "celebrity" decorator, I didn't watch either. That's very unusual for me, as I've really enjoyed the various people featured on this programme. There's nothing more fascinating than family history...because, of course, it's the history of families which is the framework for a nation's history.
But I just didn't give a flying fig about Llewelyn-Bowen's background. And obviously I wasn't alone.
To be fair, I'm sure Laurence doesn't give a flying fig about me either.