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Question Time

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Tony L, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. Nick_G

    Nick_G pfm Member

    Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'Brucie bonus'.
     
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  2. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    Thornberry is hardly a working class lass.
     
  3. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    She has ‘a left wing face’ has she not?
     
  4. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I fail to see why people get so angry about QT, just don't watch it. The fake outrage that it is all designed to be confrontational, of course it is, it's TV, its not a real scenario. As soon as you put cameras into a room people behave differently.
     
  5. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Agree completely.
    Stopped watching it as soon as Bruce revealed herself to be incompetent, not impartial and the gammon audiences took over shrieking and bellowing.
     
  6. The Far North

    The Far North pfm Member

    While I don't watch it and agree with the above comments in principle, the scary fact is that many, many people do watch it and tend to quote the "facts" that are thrown about on it, apparently unchallenged. The opinion of the "real person" in the audience is another irony regularly quoted by watchers.:eek:
     
  7. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    The audience plants are so obvious like the one last night.
     
  8. glancaster

    glancaster In the silicon vale

    People used to complain when Dimble Davidly did it, and I didn't really agree with the complaints (which mostly seemed to be from people with a poor handle on the political balance of the UK, who thought the audience or panel should be more biased towards their own particular political leanings). I thought he did an excellent job.

    I haven't watched last night's yet, but from what I've seen of Fiona Bruce's stint, she isn't as good. She does seem to go harder on the opposition figures than on the government, whereas if anything she ought to do the opposite, holding those with the power up to enhanced scrutiny. (The way she dealt with Diane Abbott's perfectly reasonable point about opinion polls in one of her first programmes was something of a nadir.)

    The main problem, however, is that she both talks when she shouldn't, and stays silent when she should intervene. The idea behind the programme is that the audience asks the questions, not the chair. There are plenty of other programmes on TV where politicians are interviewed by professional broadcasters. The odd question from that direction is OK, when something obvious has been missed, but this should be the exception rather than the rule. Conversely, if everyone is talking over the top of each other, or if a panellist has said something untrue without being challenged, then the chair must intervene to restore order or to gently but firmly query. If you are going to chair that kind of programme, you have to know an awful lot about politics, most of which you will never reveal on air. And you need to exude a quiet, but firm, authority.

    The even worse problem, though, is that This Week is no longer on afterwards :(
     
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  9. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Absolutely! Does the BBC employ people like that any longer, I suspect not...
     
  10. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    A certain type of person goes on the show, the BBC probably does some demographic profiling but it becomes quite self selecting. I also really dislike the way the politicians grandstand with off pat answers designed to get a favourable response without actually saying anything. Then you get the token celebrity/writer/historian etc..
     
  11. glancaster

    glancaster In the silicon vale

    Andrew Neill is the only one I can think of who displays that level of knowledge. The trouble is that he displays it rather too readily: he's too opinionated in his own right to do Question Time, too associated with a particular political viewpoint, and likely in the twilight of his career, so won't get the gig.

    Actually, now I think of it, maybe John Pienaar? He doesn't rankle in the same way that Robinson and Kuennsberg do. He seems quieter, but with more gravitas.
     
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  12. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    Definitely.
    Had a deprived childhood, so understandable.
     
  13. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Yes. There's nobody senior making really challenging investigative style programmes though. That's what all these names should be doing themselves or else overseeing.
     
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  14. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    Last night’s was the first I’ve watched in its entirety for years.
    I was surprised how anti-Labour it was but that didn’t bother me too much.
    It made me realise that whilst brexiteers are mostly sympathetic to the Tories, everyone hates the Labour Party because they have no idea what they stand for in the brexit debate.
     
  15. The Far North

    The Far North pfm Member

    Your problem there is that I have a good (otherwise sensible) friend from the north of England who swears that QT is packed with lefties and actively pursues a Remain agenda. Be afraid ......... :eek:
     
  16. Brian

    Brian Eating fat, staying slim

    Just watched it. Not much to say, it is just very bad. Bruce is hopeless.
     
  17. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    You really ought to research the background of the person who is responsible for audience selection before posting drivel like that.

    Start here
    https://www.commonspace.scot/articl...me-producer-over-far-right-social-media-posts
     
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  18. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

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  19. Zeusum

    Zeusum Active Member

    I used to watch QT sometimes when Dimbleby was in charge. Watched the first three episodes when Bruce took over and I no longer watch QT. She also seems to have dumbed down the Antiques Roadshow.
     
  20. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    I gave up on QT when Robin Day handed in his bow-tie. Just a bunch of people who will never agree about anything shouting at each other. I can get that at home, thanks all the same.
     
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