Title: My favourite TV programme
MY FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMME
CHOSEN BY HOLLY JOHNSON
“I had a regular Friday night ritual:” says Holly Johnson (above), currently celebrating his third solo hit, Atomic City. “I sat down in front of the telly and watched my favourite shows: Cheers and Roseanne. I never videoed them, I just made sure I was in on a Friday night. They’re the only programmes that make me laugh. Out of the two, Roseanne [right] is my favourite. I like it because it’s set in a real American home, every thing is a mess and it’s not at all pretentious. It’s also nice to see a working-class family in action rather than Cosby-style stereotypes where all the family wear £500 jumpers. Roseanne is down-to-earth and hilarious at the same time. Her one-woman stand-up routine which was on telly recently was brilliant, too.
“Americans are much better at producing sitcoms than the British. They seem to have a much bigger budget than our TV companies, so can afford to spend more on sets and story lines. But I think that British dramas are much better than American ones.
“The telly is always on at home if I’m in. I read or eat or chat with my friends while it’s on, but unless I really want to watch something I basically ignore it. And there’s one thing I refuse to watch on telly - American-style game shows. They’re absolutely mindless and a real subject of ridicule. But I used them in my Americanos video to show how intrinsic they are to the American way of life.
“Videos are very important to a song because they represent your image worldwide. It’s all very well doing Top Of The Pops here, but that won’t get your song played elsewhere. An impressive video will. I always have lots of meetings with the record company over how a video will look and it really pays off.”