Posts Tagged “television”

Why we shouldn’t ban political ads on TV

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2012

I was on the panel for Voice of Russia’s debate yesterday on whether political advertising on TV in the UK should continue to be banned. The debate’s been re-triggered following a legal challenge from Animal Defenders International, an animal rights (…)

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The Eurozone crisis explained. OR: How not to get distracted by smurfs doing star-jumps

by Stephen Tall on June 12, 2012

The Eurozone crisis isn’t, by common consent, a sexy topic rich with comic potential. Important, yes. A rib-tickler, no. So kudos, immense kudos, to comedian John Finnemore who performed a pretty acute summary for BBC Radio 4′s The Now Show this week. In just 6 mins and 35 secs. Enjoy… (Available on YouTube here.) And […]

Are these the best opening credits of any TV programme ever?

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2012

Last night, when switching off BBC1’s Question Time — no, not even Tim Farron’s barn-storming showing could tempt me to endure a whole hour — I tweeted: In a perfect world, someone would watch #bbcqt for me & filter out (…)

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Borgen and Elizabeth: how political leaders transform into Machiavelli’s Prince

by Stephen Tall on February 11, 2012

** WARNING — SPOILERS FOLLOW ** Borgen, the Danish West Wing ((C) All Media), has just finished its first series on BBC4, and it’s been a joy (notwithstanding the caveats I voiced a few weeks ago). And as the series (…)

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Loving Borgen, but I do just have three questions about it…

by Stephen Tall on January 12, 2012

So I’ve finally caught up with BBC4’s new Danish import, Borgen — which is to coalition tangled-web politics what The Killing was to grisly tangled-web murders. And it’s great. Really. I mean, the leader of the Moderates, Birgitte Nyborg, sparks (…)

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Cher. And Cher I like.

by Stephen Tall on January 2, 2011

X-Factor-haters look away now. There’s nothing for you here. Cher Lloyd was the true star of X-Factor for me, no matter that she finished fourth. (Jade Goody, it may be remembered, finished in the same position in Big Brother 3: (…)

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Oh God … It’s Don’s “there’s too many repeats on telly” rant again

by Stephen Tall on December 3, 2009

In what has become a tradition almost as eagerly anticipated as the Queen’s Speech, Lib Dem shadow culture secretary Don Foster has unleashed his annual broadside against telly bosses for broadcasting too many repeats. The Telegraph dusts off the same-old, same-old:
Nearly 600 hours of repeats will be shown on Britain’s four main television channels over […]

Time for a heated, televised debate?

by Stephen Tall on July 29, 2009

De facto Deputy Prime Minister Lord (Peter) Mandelson has hinted that his boss might be ready to debate Nick Clegg and David Cameron in the run-up to the general election. The London Evening Standard has the story: In an exclusive (…)

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Lib Dem peer demands Strictly recount

by Stephen Tall on December 22, 2008

The Daily Mail reports: A LibDem peer has joined the debate following Tom Chambers’s controversial Strictly Come Dancing win, calling Saturday’s final a ‘fiasco’. Former North Cornwall MP Lord Tyler was called on the BBC to release the voting figures (…)

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