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A short dry spell

ACCURATE! Spelling Bee, ITV1, 9.00pm
Wait! Come back! We know, we know, it looks educational and nobody really wants that, especially not at 9pm on ITV1 (unless Tanya Turner is educating us in the fine art of how to paint babies and then accidentally smother them), but there is far more fun to be had here. First of all, we would like you to note that this is a celebrity spelling bee, although the C word has presumably been dropped from the title in case people expect Paul Danan and Abi Titmuss to turn up. Well, either that or because even denizens of Z-list city like your friends here at lowculture have no idea who Lisa Maxwell is. Hopefully someone can enlighten us on that one. The programme doesn't exactly boast a stellar cast (Tony Slattery, Edwina Currie, Fiona Phillips, Corrie's Wendi Peters and Antony Cotton), but it does boast the near certainty that you'll be able to loll on your sofa eating chocolate fingers (or your nearest diet/diabetic-friendly alternative) and gloat smugly about how much cleverer you are than all of these semi-rich and semi-famous people. They've got the looks, we've got the brains. Someone somewhere must be making lots of money. Keep your eyes peeled for US spelling prodigy Samir Patel, who puts them all to shame, according to the Radio Times, despite being only 11. Well, it's nice to know that there are still some children whose literacy is above the level of posting "I FINK ITZ WIKID AND DEY ALL LUK BUFF" on internet messageboards.

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Lisa Maxwell plays a short blonde detective on The Bill who had a daughter who was both kidnapped and brainwashed by a colleauge and ex-lover and tutor called Hugh. This is all I remember without looking it up.

By Blogger Alasdair R, at 10:42 am  

Rumour has it that she had her own show at one time, the cunningly-titled `The Lisa Maxwell Show', although I've never met anyone who remembers it apart from the fount of all knowledge on minor celebrities that is Mr Chong

By Anonymous Faloola Chong, at 12:22 pm  

The Lisa Maxwell ran for a series in 1991 on BBC1. She was initially discovered on Jonathan King's show (I think it was called No Limits) when he set out to discover new TV talent. Surprisingly, none of the boy presenters he uncovered were very hot.

By Anonymous paul, at 11:52 pm  

Samir Patel -- was he the boy on Daisy Daisy where she went to america to take part in a spelling bee? She put him a dinosaur costume as a third member of her team(it had to be all adults)

I miss you daisy daisy.

By Anonymous jamie, at 3:07 pm  

Lisa Maxwell is DI Samantha Nixon on The Bill...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:20 am  

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