UPDATE 11.40am Steve Andreson, the producer of Question Time has just left a comment to say that Jane Horrocks will now not be a guest on the programme tonight. She was listed in the newspapers this morning so that's why I wrote the piece. But it's now rather redundant!
UPDATE 10.30pm Horrocks is now appearing on THIS WEEK. You couldn't make it up. UPDATE 11.30pm She's alongside Rory Bremner and Rupert Everett. So, let's get this right. A political programme with three celebrities as guests and not a single serious politician in sight. Just what we always wanted, eh?
Sonny Hundal wrote a piece for CommentIsFree recently attacking the BBC for turning current affairs programmes into light entertainment. Tonight the BBC takes this a stage further when actress Jane Horrocks (Bubble from Ab Fab) is a panellist on QUESTION TIME.
There's no reason why Horrocks shouldn't appear on the programme - she follows a long line of actors and comedians to do so. However, her invitation to appear comes the week before she stars in a new BBC political comedy/drama THE AMAZING MRS PRITCHARD.
I suspect she will actually prove to be a rather good guest, but it really has come to something when QUESTION TIME is used as a 'trailer' for a light entertainment programme.
PS I face a dilemma at 11.35 tonight. Do I. watch Andrew Neil rip the yellow stuff out of John Prescott's speech or do I watch the Channel 5 highligjhts of Palermo v West Ham. If you suspect my decision might depend on the results you would not be far wrong!