Scene - TV studio set with hackneyed panel game set design, and bored, hackneyed panel to match. Crew flit noiselessly in the penumbral shadows, skilfully navigating the nest of semi-coiled cables, snaking the stage floor perimeter. On-screen talent in question, turning shades of ruddy roast, beneath the scorching stage lights, biting their lips to hold in the waves of contumelious indignation, as they are forced to await the one whom they know to be the real star of the show. And here he is… at last!
Compère (for it is he): Thangyouthangyouthangyou. Yes, I know <CANNED LAUGHTER>. Have we got a great show for you tonight? I don't know, <turns to celebrity panel> let's ask these grooooovie freaks <MORE CANNED LAUGHTER> <audible harrumph from panel member>
<< Extended and embrrassingly painful introduction of panel ensues, which we have edited out for legal reasons >
Compère (the same): Well that's just fine. Thanks for that Miss Francis, and I hope little Frou-Frou is feeling better just real soon <YET MORE CANNED LAUGHTER>. We’re now going to kick off with a star turn. Yes, that's right folks, we have a brand new celebrity "mystery guest”, and it's your job to guess who it is ! <CANNED LAUGHTER, AGAIN> Hahaaa. Yes, that all you’ve got to do folks, and you could be the lucky winner of one of our terrific book prizes. <audience OOOOHs> So, without further a-doobie-doobie-do <CRINGED LAUGHTER>, blind folds on please panel. Come on, you know what to do <CANED LAUGHTER>
Aaaaaaaand nooow, very extra special celebrity, "mystery guest", pul-leeeease <CANNED LAUGHTER>, enterrrrrrr and siiiiiiiign in…
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