As TV reaches peak viewing in the age of the DVR and time-shifting, the on-demand video buffet is a perpetual buffet. Apart from long running series, there’s not much you can’t get on Netflix and other services.
And when TV shows go online, shows get a second life – if you like, for inspiration for your own shows. The Shrink Next Door, the online talk show about psychics, is about to attempt the monster variety, with a series of podcasts in which psychics go head-to-head with each other.
The Shrink Next Door’s live episodes were praised as masterpieces
But if you want another dose of TV TOTS – Where’s Your Tots – try the live broadcasts, which are traditionally renowned for their content. In 2011 The Shrink Next Door, which first appeared on Channel 4, began a live residency for several years; in addition to the annual Christmas special, it has performed 19 live shows in nine countries since 2014. (It is currently the venue in 30 cities worldwide.)
These gigs feature a celebrity guest, a psychics – and a spare psychic – alongside Paul Daniels’ former comedy sidekick. In 2005 he entered showbiz as Buster The Boxer, the 1950s slapstick character he performed with Quentin Crisp at the Globe Theatre. He started hearing voices around the age of ten, and, having initially been confused by it, decided it could be a sign from God, and began a career in mediumship. He holds a university degree in philosophy, and has published several autobiographies.