Monday, November 27, 2006

BBC News Online Reviews 18DoughtyStreet

BBC Online has a review of 18DoughtyStreet HERE. Brian Wheeler, their political correspondent spent an evening flipping between 18DoughtyStreet and BBC1. I must admit I rather gulped when I heard that was what he was doing but overall I think we emerge quite well from it. Cue sigh of relief.

12 comments:

Cinnamon said...

Looks like someone poured quite some sugar over Brian's grapes :)

Anonymous said...

"I drift back to Dimbleby and co as they are discussing religious symbols but the show does not really burst into life until someone asks a question about Iraq and there is a fascinating stand-off between Polly Toynbee and Esther Rantzen."

Next week's guests, perhaps?

Caroline Hunt said...

I'm pretty darned sure Andre isn't from Yorkshire.

wrinkled weasel said...

The praise is deserved. And Question Time is almost a parody of itself these days with the same old pc agenda, along with the regulation minorities in the audience who are guaranteed to toe the line time after time. It's boring and I tend to watch the first five minutes of QC and then an go and watch 18DS.

I had to smirk at:

"But unlike mainstream TV - which is bound by strict rules on balance and impartiality - the presenters and guests on 18 Doughty Street are free to be as opinionated and biased as they like."

Still there perpetrating the myth of the BBC's impartiality I see.

As for This Week... don't go there.

Sir Bentley Pauncefoot said...

Interesting report.

That James Gray MP chap seems to be getting about. According to our BBC reporter, he wrote the Polly Torybee report - and here I was, thinking it had been Greg Clark.

Good job I don't rely on unbalanced old 18DS for accurate commentary.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure whether 18DS went down in the reviewer's estimation, or he got the 18DS front door confused with that at 10 Downing Street, because he ended his piece mentioning 10DS. I'd watch out for the competition...

Anonymous said...

I don't understand his comment about Esther Rantzen and Polly Toynbee ?

verity said...

Is there no way to watch 18 Doughty St? The only links you have for it are text. Don't you have streaming programmes? I've scrolled up and down the links, but I only managed to watch it once. It's not as though the whole world lives in the UK, you know; - it just feels that way.

Anonymous said...

'But unlike mainstream TV - which is bound by strict rules on balance and impartiality - the presenters and guests on 18 Doughty Street are free to be as opinionated and biased as they like.'

PMSL at that one....

verity said...

I found Doughty Street again tonight and enjoyed it - except for the rustling of the newspapers which drowned out the commentary in places.

But I loved your panel! Great group of men. I had reservations about that lefty woman earlier, but not for her opinions, which were fair and lively enough, but her overtalking in the manner of being at a dinner party. We're not fellow guests. We're viewers. You can't keep on injecting comments over what someone else is saying on the air, as you can at a dinner table.

I loved your tie. Your socks, no.

verity said...

PS - Iain, historically, the death penalty works because those malfeasants will never commit another crime on earth. I find this to my taste. I do not think it is too harsh to suggest the peine du mort for breaking car windows. I am horrified at how passive you all were.

verity said...

PS - It is interesting that the four men on the couch were the most disciplined. Without exception, they didn't interrupt.