A local musician has hit out at TV celebrities airing their anxieties on entertainment shows after a new show featuring comic Sue Perkins aired last night.
Ms Perkins, well known for radio shows such as Just A Minute and TV extravaganzas The Great Britsh Bake-Off and Supersizers was the featured artist in a the first episode of First Love.
The Sky Arts show features celebrities returning to a musical instrument they have not played since their youth and challenges them to perform in a professional environment.
Ms Perkins's challenge was to perform a Beethoven sonata in front of an audience at Cheltenham Festival after five weeks' practice - which she managed to her own and her mentors' evident satisfaction.
"Big deal! Oh well done," said local guitar student Methuen Screen. "We had to listen to Sue struggle with all her anxieties, self-perceived shortcomings, all her existential angst before the inevitable very creditable amateur performance.
"I mean how many notes are there on a piano? 80-odd? Do you know how many notes there on a guitar? Er - let's see, um, 23 or 24 frets times six strings... that's... well you can do the maths. But it's more than the notes on a piano, I bet.
"Learn to play a Beethoven piano sonata on that in five weeks! Ha!"