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GLIDER 90 12th Jan 2019 19:28

Question Times Up?
 
With the change over of presenters on Question Time, i throught at first it was the original presenter in drag!! as they deployed the same tactics as the original by keeping on interrupting the MP next to her. I think she is to lightweight for the programme.

NutLoose 12th Jan 2019 20:18

Never had much time for it, the questions are scripted beforehand so it all comes over as false and contrived.

Tankertrashnav 12th Jan 2019 20:20

Haven't watched it for years - or listened to its sister programme Any Questions on Radio 4. Formulaic and predictable.

ex82watcher 12th Jan 2019 20:51

Nobody could fill Robin Day's shoes !

Effluent Man 12th Jan 2019 20:54

I'm not a fan of Fiona, it's the over emphasised delivery. But actually I thought she did quite well on QT.

Gertrude the Wombat 12th Jan 2019 21:20


Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav (Post 10358984)
Any Questions on Radio 4. Formulaic and predictable.

For decades, regardless of the political climate, the audience has been not-very-bright and rabidly right wing. And they try quite hard to match the panel to the audience. I don't bother to listen unless one of the panel is someone I know personally.

racedo 12th Jan 2019 23:04

Used to be good when only politicians etc but since they opened it up with entertainers i avoid it.

Dislike the it must be a Woman / Ethnic Minority in every role that comes up idea, why not pick best person.

Wonder can Womens Hour be presented by a man.

Grayfly 13th Jan 2019 08:29


Originally Posted by racedo (Post 10359076)

Wonder can Womens Hour be presented by a man.

Perhaps if he self identifies as a woman? Interesting question.

Anything should now be possible. That really good actor Adrian Lester is playing Lord Randolph in the new Mary Queen of Scots film and in these times of diversity compliance, nobody is batting an eyelid. Would anyone say anything if say David Tennant took on the role of Martin Luther King in a new drama? It may add a new perspective, apart from rewriting history.

Just to add, none of it should matter, best person for the job should rule, all dramas are fiction anyway.

UniFoxOs 13th Jan 2019 08:43

I think something eyelids might have been batted if Adrian Lester had played the role of Freddie Mercury in the recent film Bohemian Rhapsody. So why should it be different just because it's somebody from the past?

Best person for the job of acting a real person is surely someone who can be a fairly good facsimile of the original.

Grayfly 13th Jan 2019 08:56

Perhaps if it is a documentary. Good actors will make you believe what they want you to believe. It's the rewriting of historical facts that get my goat, there is no evidence that the two Mary's ever met, so historical drama now becomes historical fiction and anything is possible. The box office takings measure the success of that approach.

Krystal n chips 13th Jan 2019 09:16


Originally Posted by Effluent Man (Post 10359006)
I'm not a fan of Fiona, it's the over emphasised delivery. But actually I thought she did quite well on QT.

Indeed , the Beeb have always been in a class of their own when it comes to news presenters and hectoring inflections combined with failed RADA applicants.

However, it's crass ignorance to condemn her in her new role on the basis of, erm, her first show.

True, the content has varied over the years, but the "it's all scripted and false " perceptions invariably suggests the contents don't meet with the personal narratives and agenda's of those making the accusation .....bit like those who use the "ignore " function on websites really.

" Nobody could fill Robin Day's shoes !"

To be fair the last presenter did a pretty good job overall, but yep. Robin Day deserves the accolades and recognition as you say.

Sallyann1234 13th Jan 2019 11:02

You can't trust the BBC. If someone doesn't stop their nonsense the next thing we'll hear is that they are getting a woman to play Doctor Who. :ugh:

Grayfly 13th Jan 2019 11:10

As long as it is Fiona Bruce.

Tankertrashnav 13th Jan 2019 11:14


the audience has been not-very-bright and rabidly right wing
Really? Maybe now but when I used to listen to Any Questions the Labour panellist only had to say "its a nice day", or "I like cheese" for there to be a "spontaneous" burst of applause, Guess you see/hear what you want to hear. .

Gertrude the Wombat 13th Jan 2019 11:42


Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav (Post 10359350)
Really? Maybe now but when I used to listen to Any Questions the Labour panellist only had to say "its a nice day", or "I like cheese" for there to be a "spontaneous" burst of applause, Guess you see/hear what you want to hear. .

When was that then? - must pre-date my listening to it, which probably started around 1970.

GLIDER 90 13th Jan 2019 11:47

I have always thought she was lightweight from the start, with her simpering manner whether if she's reading the news or doing the Antiques Roadshow. They should have chosen Emily Maitlis.

off watch 13th Jan 2019 12:39

How about John Humphrys or Sarah Mantague ? Oh, hang on, that wouldn't work - nobody would ever get to answer a question …….

gemma10 13th Jan 2019 14:10

I think Louise Lear would fit the bill quite adequately thank you. All in agreement?

Krystal n chips 13th Jan 2019 14:26


Originally Posted by gemma10 (Post 10359470)
I think Louise Lear would fit the bill quite adequately thank you. All in agreement?

Erm, NO ! She may have mellowed, a bit, but when she first graced our screens, every weather forecast was a potential luvvie award nomination performance.

yotty 13th Jan 2019 15:46

Andrew Neil anyone?


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