By Marianna Nash
Go ahead, ask a hardcore “Popworld” fan to recall their favorite interview from the show. Be patient as they mentally reel through clips and quips. “Britney. No, Björk. No, the McFly special,” they’ll say, becoming increasingly agitated. “No, no, wait — definitely the one where Simon gives Marilyn Manson a toaster.”
For the uninitiated: “Popworld” was a British television show that started as an online music portal for kids. When it first aired on Channel 4, it was hosted by 16-year-old Miquita Oliver and 21-year-old Simon Amstell. Even before his cheeky presenter persona found greater fame on “Never Mind the Buzzcocks,” Amstell’s wit and gleeful disdain for propriety made the show a joy to watch.
The pair’s genuine friend-chemistry and sincere love of music also made “Popworld” a refreshing departure from the sycophantry and voyeurism of entertainment media. Peter Robinson of The Guardian nailed it when he recently wrote, “The media chooses to remember Amy Winehouse via slow-mo footage over sad-sounding songs, but it’s arguably more powerful to remember her canvassing for Brit award votes from the back seat of a Nissan Micra, clutching the trusty Popworld megaphone and bellowing ‘DON’T VOTE FOR DIDO!’ at passers-by.”
Robinson sounded the call to bring back the beloved show. And we are totally here for that — but until Channel 4 comes through with the goods, we always have
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