A mere 7 months into the current decade and the traditional cold contempt felt for the decade before the one you're in has already melted into the warmth of golden nostalgia in the case of the noughties, as Channel 4 commissioning bosses have warned that we are "only months away" from the first nostalgic list shows looking at the period that ended barely half a year ago hitting our screens.
The 3-hour shows will feature the infuriatingly addictive format of the host talking to camera interspersed with celebrity talking heads looking off camera, chatting about video clips they've only just seen while pretending to genuinely reminisce about some minutia of noughties life, immediately prior to the viewer being shown the same clip after the break.
Channel 4 were quick to point out that these shows were not to be confused with the review-of-the-decade shows they ran at the end of 2009, and are a chance instead to celebrate a bygone era, bringing back some of the people who made it so magical.
Executives have announced that they have signed noughties comic Michael McIntyre to host the series of shows, and they believe his “wry observations” between clips will add an authentic noughties sheen to the proceedings.
“You should hear him go off about stuff like USB flash drives,” chuckled producer Kate Soward shaking her head in amusement. “Why were they called flash drives?”. McIntyre is also thought to riff at length about crocs, panini sandwiches and sprinter Usain Bolt.
Other noughties stars thought to be lined up to reminisce about the decade that ended around 200 days ago are X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers, TV blight Fearne Cotton and Ricky Gervais.
The series will kick off in October with a look back at the “50 best list shows of the noughties” as voted for by the British public.