Who Wants To Be Friends With Martin Kemp?

This is just bizarre. I was idly watching Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? on ITV1, watching Martin and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet struggle with a question about which city hosted the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. Martin decided to phone a friend. Then this happened:

MARTIN KEMP: Let’s phone Rob.
GARY KEMP: Yeah…
CHRIS TARRANT: Who’s he?
MARTIN: Rob Grant. He was one of the writers of Red Dwarf. He’s a good friend of mine, and I lived next door to him for about ten years.
CHRIS: But will he know anything about this?
MARTIN: We have played these games, many times, during Christmas and he’s pretty good at general knowledge.
GARY: Does he watch a lot of TV?
MARTIN: He watches *loads* of rubbish!
GARY: He does? He’s our man.

So then, Chris phoned him.

ROB GRANT: Hello?
CHRIS: Rob?
ROB: Yeah?
CHRIS: Chris Tarrant. How are you?
ROB: Hello, Chris! Good.
CHRIS: You sound… kinda timid at the moment, which is not like you.
ROB: I’m… yes. I’m slightly nervous.
CHRIS: No, no, don’t be. I’ve got Martin and Gary here. They’re doing OK, actually, they’ve got £10,000 here on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. They’re stuck on a particular question; it’s worth £20,000. Martin thinks you’ll probably know it.
ROB: Oh… GOD!
CHRIS: Yeah, I thought you’d be pleased.

So, Martin Kemp and Rob Grant are bessie mates! This much is True. Their friendship is pure Gold. Erm, and other Spandau Ballet songs.

For the record, Rob knew the answer, Helsinki, but took his sweet time to get to it. The Kemps chickened out, and fled with a meagre £10,000 for their so-called “charities”. The moral? ALWAYS TRUST ROB GRANT.

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  1. Cool! I like the “Oh… GOD!” with chris saying “yeah, I thought you would be pleased”…oh course it must of been funnier to watch.

    Good to read these things.

    Oh, I heard Bill Bailey is going to try for becoming the uk’s entry for the Eurovision this year.

  2. Nick had this news first. But yeah it was way bizarre when Kemp said Rob Grant!

  3. >He watches *loads* of rubbish!

    [Insert cruel Dark Ages joke here]

  4. If you were idly watching it anyway, why did you need Swarj to text you about it?

  5. Rob always made his love on wasteground and through the barracades.*

    But to whom?

  6. Hahahahahahahaha

  7. Again this gets an audience thinking about Dwarf, even if it’s only for a few seconds.

  8. >Nick had this news first.

    Um…okay? Still worth reporting on, I’d say.

    But man, I sure hope somebody doesn’t post news of a new series before Ian does…otherwise G+T won’t be able to cover it!

  9. G&T Admin

    If you were idly watching it anyway, why did you need Swarj to text you about it?

    Because I wasn’t paying attention!

  10. Thats the best thing Ive read all week! Well done Rob!

  11. G&T Admin

    How deliciously bizarre.

    I don’t suppose anyone recorded it, did they? I realise that recording WWTBAM might not be top of everybody’s priorities…

  12. Is it available on whatever ITV call their iPlayer thing?

  13. G&T Admin

    I’m not on Nova anymore.

    And why? Because they deleted my account, despite the fact that I had a great ratio (or score, now they’ve moved to the new system). And I don’t get why, because I was WELL within the month limit for logging in. So I’m not bothering any more – it just annoyed me too much.

  14. G&T Admin

    Oh they deleted my account as well. But i was crap at seeding. Nuff said.

  15. G&T Admin

    > Is it available on whatever ITV call their iPlayer thing?

    Not that I can see, and they’ve gone with the very imaginative moniker of the “ITV Video Player”

    Well done.

  16. G&T Admin

    And why? Because they deleted my account, despite the fact that I had a great ratio (or score, now they?ve moved to the new system). And I don?t get why, because I was WELL within the month limit for logging in. So I?m not bothering any more – it just annoyed me too much.

    I had a fucking awesome ratio on their old system; I had about 6GB spare to play with. Unfortunately that account got deleted when they went over to the new system, again this was despite me logging in at least once a month. I’ve still got an account, but I’ve got a crap “score” now so I don’t know how long it’ll last.

    It’s a brilliant service, obviously, but by Christ they’re smug.

  17. Damn! I started to watch this and then turned it over after a little while. Bollocks!

  18. Sorry to bump another random page (you will put that button there…) but I’d forgotten all about this. Anyway, a strange footnote to this oddity is that was revealed fairly recently that ‘True’ by Spandau Ballet was written by Gary Kemp as a failed attempt to woo TV’s very own CP Grogan. Making it pretty much literally The Indling Song.

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