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Set the video: The Beginner’s Guide to Voodoo, Channel 4, Thursday 18 October, 11pm

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

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With BBC2 and Five immersing themselves in the font of comedy on a Thursday night, Mof kindly pointed us in the direction of Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns. And for those of you looking for something a little more challenging, how’s about a look at religion, specifically Voodoo, brought to you by Samuel Preston, lead singer of The Ordinary Boys? Currently most famous for marrying and now splitting from fellow Celebrity Big Brother contestant Chantelle Houghton, Preston (I never even know that wasn’t his first name) is keen to flex his spiritual chops and introduce us to his deeper side.

It seems a shame that this religious exploration has to come neatly packaged with a celebrity in tow in an attempt to garner more viewers, but Channel 4 are keen to stress the singer’s resistance to religion prior to production, and obviously they hope this will help ignite some drama. Preston’s work starts in the UK, but before long he’s off to the West African republic of Benin, where Voodoo is the national religion. Will Preston’s journey help change his views on religion? Will it help us in the UK better understand Voodoo? And could it be the year’s oddest coupling: a moody, Morrissey-wannabe singer and African high priests? I doubt he told them he was on a tacky reality show.