Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage

Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage

Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage is exactly what it sounds like. The concept of this programme is a married couple, who were on Gogglebox, inviting a famous person to their hotel, arguing with each other and getting drunk. It’s being touted as a totally new form of television interviewing and it is, in the sense that it’s not actually an interview but three posh people sitting around slurring their words for half an hour.

This week’s special guest is Nigel Farage. It starts off with promise as Steph and Dom ply him with alcohol as soon as he enters the lobby. He has a beer because he fucking would. Then he goes to the pub and has a couple more. He brags about the strength of his cigarettes as though that’s directly proportional to the size of his dick and waffles on in a boring, self-righteous way about not being able to smoke indoors.

Man of the people image confirmed, he gets back to the guesthouse and stuck into the pink champagne. Sufficiently lubricated, Steph and Dom begin to question him. Steph and Dom are naturally hilarious and their questions are as astute as any political journalist, since political journalists don’t ask Farage a lot anyway. But they don’t ask him anything he hasn’t been questioned on before and he doesn’t offer anything new either and they’re both far too polite to push him.

Farage throughout is palpably nervous about getting wrecked and sticking his foot in his mouth and that’s a fate he manages to avoid. That being said, at one point he announces with bizarre conviction; “I don’t find Hitler very funny.” He then pauses and, lest he be thought humourless, he reassures his hosts that he does find other things funny. “Mussollini can be quite funny.” For me that raised more questions than it answered but Steph and Dom didn’t take the bait. Instead, they just looked at him like he was a drunken guest rambling on about nothing of significance. Which, in fairness, is what he was for the entire duration of the programme.

And that’s the lot. Steph and Dom are watchable enough and they manage to carry the show but it was all a bit pointless and bland. Hopefully, next time they’ll get someone properly plastered and embarrassing. Presumably that’s what’s supposed to happen.

Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage will be broadcast on the 15th December at 10.00pm on Channel 4.