Rapture lacks the slick finish applied to most channels; instead
you get the feeling that your brother is the cameraman and your best
mate the presenter. This disarming formula has a definite appeal.
Gamers is an amusing look at the world of PlayStation and Nintendo.
Off-beat, groovy angles are used to liven up the computer games and the
arty camera work sits well with a funky presenter. A little sketch with
Action Man figures and off-the-wall commentary can’t help but make you
laugh - it’s pointless but funny, a bit like MTV’s Celebrity Death
Match. It makes computer games appear cool and is definitely an original
Trainspotters is an hour dedicated to clubbing and it also gets high
marks for originality. This is a programme with little pretence, what
you see is definitely what’s happening.
It is strong and brash with little visible editing. This gives it a raw
Trainspotters makes no apology for its in-yer-face style, which is
mainly fuelled by its sparky and charismatic presenters. Their
persistence pays off. Interviews are shouted over the pounding music in
Trade, while those in the studio give it their best shot at dancing in
the afternoon. Heavy in sexual innuendo (’... and how often do you play
with your instrument?’) this is a convenient way to stay in touch with
the club scene when you’re too knackered to go out.
The bubbly presenters of Crush are infectious as they search the high
street for this season’s must-have shoes. The fashion is at high-street
prices but the constant references to Gucci and Prada show how catwalk
looks can be re-created in an affordable way. You are often left wanting
The format is structured like a magazine, with short, sharp
I liked the teenage boy’s attempt at understanding PMT - he managed to
turn what is essentially a woman’s issue into a chance to promote his
view on how ’hard’ lads are.
Intentional or not, Rapture leaves you feeling ’I should be doing that’
ie generally having a laugh and getting paid for it.
Phoebe Cronk, 16, thinks most problems can be solved by buying a new
pair of shoes
TV station: Rapture
Distribution: five million cable and satellite homes
Broadcast hours: 10am-8pm Saturdays and Sundays
Target market: 12- to 20-year-olds
Advertisers: Red Bull, Nintendo, BT, SmithKline Beecham.