Heresy 5 (listen here)
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Update: you can listen to this episode for week or so here.
Fifth and penultimate show in the Heresy series is up tomorrow - Wednesday December 28th at 6.30pm, Radio 4.
Two witty and brilliant political columnists, Matthew Parris and Julia Hartley Brewer, join me and one of Heresy‘s favourite comedians, Dave Gorman, to argue against the statements:
I DON’T WANT CELEBRITIES TELLING ME HOW TO VOTE
IT’S GOOD NEWS THAT SALES OF CHICK LIT HAVE SLUMPED
PRINCESS BEATRICE WORE A TERRIBLE HAT AT THE ROYAL WEDDING.
It’s an interesting, spiky little episode, this one. Our first statement got a 93% yes vote - in other words, 93% of our studio audience agreed with the statement we are attempting to attack - which is the highest yes of the series so far, and thus the biggest challenge for the panellists. I also lost my temper, briefly, in the final topic. If you’d asked me to guess, in advance, which topic in the whole series would cause me to lose my temper, I think I would have picked that one last. It was just meant to be a funny chat about a hat! My plan was to mount a rousing defence of Princess Beatrice’s hat, based mainly on sympathy for the harmless young woman who’s always been picked on (for her weight, her teeth, her dress sense and her parentage) when, to our public knowledge anyway, she’s never done anything bad to anyone. But I didn’t think we’d do much more than make jokes.
The audience, however, were not pro the Princess, or the royal family at all. And they were not prepared to have their minds changed! See if you can spot the moment, during that topic, where I lost my cool…
In my defence, it does prove what I was saying in the post called “Heresy 3”. This isn’t just a novelty format where we construct obstinate arguments for the sake of it - some (if not most) of the time, I really mean it...