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The decline of ‘The News Quiz’ on Radio 4

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Martyn Miles, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Perhaps it’s just me, but I feel the News Quiz has declined in quality. I didn’t like Miles Jupp, but compared with some recent guest Presenters he was excellent.
    I have actually switched off the programme on a couple of occasions.
    Perhaps the BBC are having difficulty actually finding a new Presenter.
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  2. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Miles was OK, he is bright and keeps up with current affairs, and is witty. How much you might like him, depends on what sort of wit you like, or, more importantly, dislike. I actually liked him.

    Presenter/chairman is always gong to be tricky, not least when listeners have previous experience. Clue dropped absolutely spot on after a few try-outs - Jack Dee is almost perfect. What happens when 96-year-old Nicholas can't referee Just a Minute, although things weren't so bad recently when he had to pass due to illness a couple of times?

    Agreed, currently below par - News Quiz.
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  3. roman

    roman pfm Member

    Its wobbling at the mo, though I liked Miles. Hopefully it'll settle.

    Never liked just a minute, but I rather like Nicholas Parsons (interesting background-worth looking up).

    Clue is good with Dee but Humph was a one off.
  4. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    I think most of R4 comedy is cat.

    Alexi Sayle, for some reason, I do find amusing. some of the ones on later at night fare better.

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  5. Dave***t

    Dave***t pfm Member

    Miles Jupp was great, I thought. Some of the Sandi Toksvig era was just brilliant, especially with Jeremy Hardy. But Jupp wasn’t too far behind and had some great lines (describing George Osborn as an ‘adolescent haircutted butler to Satan’ was an early favourite of mine).

    They can’t necessarily just snap their fingers and have a new perfect host, so a bit of a lull during an interregnum is to be expected. I just hope they can make a really good choice for the next host.

    Not sure who I’d pick tbh, tricky choice. Nish Kumar is great IMO but probably wouldn’t do it and would be divisive. Marcus Brigstocke, maybe? He can vary, but was good on current affairs stuff on the Now Show back in the day. David Mitchell would probably be excellent, but may not be available. There’s a few ‘maybe, but not sure’ possibilities. But the producers might have their eye on someone else entirely.

    PS, Alexei Sayle’s recent series was fantastic. Not that he’d make a good NQ host (though it could be a hilarious failure). But his Sandwich Bar has been a weekly highlight.
  6. lazycat

    lazycat pfm Member

    +1 for Alexei Sayle, the Sandwich Bar usually has me in fits.

    The News Quiz started its decline with Mr Jupp, who was often too busy doing other stuff anyway.
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  7. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Give Martin Clunes a series of the News Quiz I say.
  8. The Far North

    The Far North pfm Member

    Thought he did well on HIGNFY last night.
  9. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Good to read your various thoughts and ideas.
    Sandy T. was tops for me.
    M. Brigstocke might work...
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  10. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    Part of the problem has been bringing in journalists who are actually not very funny and an attempt to 'balance' the political views of the guests with some 'right-wing' comedians.

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  11. Copperjacket

    Copperjacket pfm Member

    As long as it’s not Jeremy Vine!
  12. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    Jeremy Kyle?

    I'd like to see Alexi Sayle have a go.

  13. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    the problem for me with the new quiz is that it has been a loop of brexit related humour for years.

    Agreed with the Alexi Sayle comments, he is still edgy.
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  14. Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing Remainiac Terrorist

    Simon Hoggart was the master. But he's dead.

    Alexi Sayle was, is and probably always will be, fantastic.
  15. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Plus another one for Alexei...he was a revelation to my youngest.
  16. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Alexei Sayle is a boor.
  17. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    What happened to Jack Dee, thought he was rather good with his dry, world-weary delivery.

    Someone mentioned Brigstocke. Please, no.
  18. Dave***t

    Dave***t pfm Member

    He’s been hosting Clue for years now. And that programme continues to be an absolute treasure.

    Yeah, IMO there’s Simon Evans, Geoff Norcott and probably Bob Mills who can manage funny from the right, and that’s about it. Danny Finkelstein can say some amusing stuff, but then the next thing I see from him will be some nauseatingly propagandist column or something like that. Hugo Rifkind stays fairly neutral, whatever his personal thoughts.

    None of them can hold a candle to Jeremy Hardy or Linda Smith.
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  19. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    Yes, of course, I'm getting my R4 programmes in a muddle.
  20. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Nonsense. "A rough and bad mannered person."
    He's at least a lot cleverer than that.
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