Written by Ellis Ian Fields
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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

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Is that Griff?

Three popular TV comics will be anxiously awaiting the reaction to their latest programme after warnings were issued by a television vigilante organisation.

The second and final episode of Three Men Go To Venice featuring Griff Rhys Jones, Rory McGrath and Dara O'Briain airs on BBC2 this evening. It shows the three comics attempting to arrive in Venice in time to take part in a gondola race.

In last week's first episode they managed to arrive in Croatia, having begun their journey in Montenegro. They have explored Dubrovnic, taken part in folk dancing, manned three-masted ships and eaten local delicacies.

But TV Repair Man, the vigilante organisation dedicated to clearing the schedules of bad programming - such as reality shows and brain-numbing daytime pap - has warned that Three Men Go To Venice is treading a very fine line.

A statement delivered to EIF News & Features said: "TV Repairman is cognisant of the popularity of Messrs Jones, McGrath and O'Briain, but their general likeability cannot be offered as an excuse for poor production values.

"We are attracted to the beautiful scenery of the Croation coast, the Adriatic generally and the wonder that is Venice.

"However, not explaining why the three stars have to ply their way up the Adriatic rather than simply going straight to Venice, was a mistake.

"Furthermore, we refuse to believe that a commander in the Montenegrin navy would be unaware that he would be not be allowed to sail his ship into a Croatian harbour - as was suggested last week.

"And it has come to our attention that the race they are attempting to join in Venice is not the major international event suggested but a local head-to-head.

"These gaffes constitute further evidence that TV producers take the viewing public for morons.

"If tonight's episode does not offer a satisfactory conclusion, TV Repair Man promises repercussions!"

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