They always say that good things come in twos, don’t they? Well, this week’s TV didn’t disappoint. Mind you, the TV didn’t serve up the sort of traditional fare that we’ve come to expect at this festive time of year. So, no turtle doves or a sniff of a partridge in a pear tree then. What we did get in its place was some riveting TV and a couple of chesterfield sofas. Obviously that’s the perfect festive gift as far as we’re concerned: a traditional Christmas served up on a traditional chesterfield sofa.
The week started with the final of this year’s Young Apprentice. We don’t know about you, but we were definitely rooting for the underdog, the young Northern Irish economist James McCullagh. Sadly we were a little disappointed when the Home Counties’ hot-favourite, Zara Brownless, went on to snatch the title and the £25,000 prize fund. Still, in spite of the disappointment we were pleased to see that the good old chesterfield settee featured prominently in the final episode. The task set by Lord Sugar was quite a challenge for ones so young, but they gave it their best shot. The finalists had to create and market a new computer game. To help the teams get started, they were sent to one of the world’s leading developers of social multi-player games, Mind Candy, the inventors of Moshi Monsters. At the company headquarters in Shoreditch the two contestants planned their campaigns and strategies in their bids to win the title. As offices go, we’d have to say this was about as swanky as it gets. Obviously it was modern and clinical as you’d expect for a company rooted in technology, but it was also extremely glamorous. We’ve seen some fancy chesterfield settees in our time, but never one that was covered in sparkly jewels. The blue, fabric-covered traditional chesterfield sofa was a real beauty, though we’re not sure it would suit every one. Mind Candy obviously like their chesterfield sofas. They also had another purple velvet chesterfield settee available for the teams to lounge around on whilst they brainstormed, proving once again that good things come in twos.
The week ended with the BBC drama Last Christmas. The thought-provoking drama featured Eddie Izzard as the weird and mysterious Anthony: a man with a remarkable gift, and an ability to find the things that had gone missing. Robbed of his parents by a car crash a year ago, the young Goose, played by Larry Mills, faced a bleak Christmas until he and his crooked uncle Frank met the magical Anthony. They set out to find Goose’s missing dog Mutt and other misplaced items. It was essentially a king of modern take on a Dickensian fairytale. It was only fitting therefore that the drama featured a couple of battered leather chesterfield sofas. They roamed around Manchester and its suburbs trying to re-unite people with items they’d lost and called at the home of a disgraced doctor who’d accidentally picked up a valuable book in a pub which belonged to Frank. The home was more like an old bookshop and was crammed to the rafters with old books and manuscripts. Our eyes alighted on the chesterfield settees though: yes they may have been battered and possibly past their best, but they were real beauties. It only goes to show that these sofas just get better with age. Quite why the doctor needed two chesterfield sofas was unclear, but we’re not complaining. You can never have too much of a good thing in our eyes: the more chesterfield settees the merrier.