Tuesday, 13 December 2011
I’m very pleased with the mixture of tones in this year’s Heresy; all the shows feel very different. We’ve been lucky with the guests, who have all been great and really got the idea of the programme: that it’s a formatted comedy show, but it isn’t a panel game. The guests have to argue against the received opinions whether they secretly agree with them or not, which sometimes calls for flippant and creative lines of argument, but amongst all the funny stuff there are proper serious points and juicy logical arguments. As a listener, it’s just my cup of tea. When I listen to (or watch) comedy shows these days, it sometimes feels like they’ve been over-recorded and then edited sharply down it’s just one joke after another. There isn’t always enough breathing space for conversation to break out.
That doesn’t mean we don’t like having lots of jokes on Heresy, but I’m happiest when it sounds like bright, funny guests having a proper chat and really kicking ideas around.
In this week’s episode (Wednesday at 6.30 on Radio 4), the guests are Diane Abbott, David Mitchell and Rev Richard Coles, arguing against the statements:
THE LABOUR PARTY CHOSE THE WRONG MILLIBAND
YOU SHOULD NOT GO TO CHURCH JUST TO GET YOUR KIDS INTO A FAITH SCHOOL
IF A FRIEND IS DOING SOMETHING FOR CHARITY, YOU SHOULD SPONSOR THEM.
It’s a very funny show, but there are also some great arguments here, some quite daring and controversial stuff from Diane Abbott, and the lovely calm wisdom of Richard Coles talking very elegantly about the point of going to church. I hope you enjoy it if you listen, and find it a bit of decent exercise for the brain as well as being entertaining. I always hope that people will continue the arguments at home after it finishes, but, short of creeping around front gardens and hoping to find people with a radio in the front room, I suppose I’ll never know…