I should never write up and post an essay to "Inner Toob" fifteen minutes before I have to waddle off to work. In my post last night about references to 'Cash In The Attic' and 'Antiques Roadshow' in 'Torchwood', I neglected to give the actual example!
So here it is. The episode is "Ghost Machine", and Owen Harper is interrogating Bernie Harris, a petty thief who stumbled on an alien device that allows you to see the past come alive.....
BERNIE HARRIS: Me and a mate was using this lock up, down on Moira Street. Used to belong to this old guy. Soft in the head, he was. Still, loads of his stuff in there but we chucked most of it. There was this old biscuit tin full of foreign coins, weird bits of rock, and that. Thought it might be worth something. I might take it down the 'Antiques Roadshow'. Yeah. (Owen laughs.) You don't know! 'Cash In The Attic', and all that.
So as I stated last night, there would be no Zonk in this because those shows would exist in Toobworld as they do in the real world.
To back up this claim, at least as far as 'Antiques Roadshow' is concerned, you need only check out the 'Frasier' episode "A Tsar Is Born", in which Martin Crane appeared on the program to have his statue of a bear with a clock in its tummy evaluated.
So, I hope this further splainin will help ease raised eyebrows back down to their original positions.....