‘There are songs to sing, there are feelings to feel, there are thoughts to think. That makes three things, and you can’t do three things at the same time. The singing is easy, syrup in my mouth, and the thinking comes with the tune, so that leaves only the feelings. Am I right, or am I right? I can sing the singing. I can think the thinking. But you’re not going to catch me feeling the feeling. No, sir.’
I wrote something about The Singing Detective and you can read it here.
August 29, 2008 at 8:14pm
A1: The Musical was the best thing I’ve seen on Channel 4 in ages.
July 25, 2008 at 9:49am
Actually, I watched this program last night and it was just plain weird. Barrowman put himself through all kinds of bizarre, antiquated tests for homosexuality, most of which had clearly been designed in more homophobic times than the present day. And some of them were obviously just nonsense, like the scientist who believed he could spot homosexuals by the length of their fingers…
But am I alone in not finding the whole nature/nurture debate on homosexuality at all interesting? And in fact, finding it rather offensive for a program to focus so obsessively on ‘what made this person gay’? I mean, the most dramatic bit of the show came when it looked like John could have been ‘caught out’ by a test that would show he somehow had a secretly ‘straight’ brain. What exactly did that have to do with discovering the origins of his sexuality?
Personally I’m happy to share the eventual conclusion of the program, which was that yes, sexuality probably is determined at birth, but it was wrapped up in such a strange shroud of pseudoscientific waffle that it was hard not to see the real point of the show as more along the lines of ‘LET’S SEE HOW GAY YOU REALLY ARE, BARROWMAN’.
Also, when meeting his scottish parents, John Barrowman speaks in a really strange scottish accent which is just I mean whaaat.
p.s. - better review of it than I can manage now is here…
'“You dressed me up in a bikini!” screeched Barrowman at his poor father, effortlessly conflating homosexuality with effeminacy. “That was on the QE2,” managed Barrowman senior by way of explanation. Barrowman junior then showed us his childhood closet, complete with Sonny and Cher dolls.'