Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player


Heresy returns!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Heresy, the argumentative little radio show I host, returns to Radio 4 this week! Every Wednesday for six weeks, at 6.30pm.

  As you’ll know if you’ve heard it before or read about it here, it’s a comedy discussion show, in which three guests come along each week to argue against “received wisdom”. We’ve recorded three shows so far, and I have to say they’re coming out brilliantly - I think it’s the most fun series so far.

  Kicking off this Wednesday, the first guests are Mark Steel, Jessica Berens and Christopher Biggins. We are arguing against the received opinions:

  Panto is an outdated art form.

  Drunken displays on British high streets are a source of national shame.

  It would be nice to live in a house like Downton Abbey.

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  The guests were just fantastic in that recording, all three brilliant and Biggins a joy. Don’t underestimate that fellow; he’s extremely bright and properly funny. Regular blog-readers will know I can be a bit equivocal about pointing you towards stuff I’m involved in, worrying about whether it’ll be good enough, but I am awfully proud of this year’s Heresy and do whole-heartedly encourage you to listen to episode one and see what you think!

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Steve at 7:30 pm on November 29th, 2011

Hi,
Are you still a smoker?


brian t at 10:23 pm on November 29th, 2011

Sounds excellent! Would you know if Heresy is going to be available as a podcast? (I don’t get R4 here in Ireland, even if my schedule allowed me to be in front of a radio at a fixed time!)


Victoria N at 11:31 pm on November 29th, 2011

I would have thought that drunken displays on British high streets is practically British identity :P
I have never heard this show before so really looking forward to listening tomorrow. Glad it went well :)


Anna at 1:36 pm on November 30th, 2011

I’ll have to have a listen. Not normally a radio listener but this sounds right up my street. I take it that it’ll be available on iPlayer should I miss it?


Pele at 9:44 pm on November 30th, 2011

What a good radio show, laughed throughout and Biggins is quite a revelation. I like the concept, it feels different and interesting, worth doing as well as funny. Will definitely tune in next week, will Biggins be back?


Victoria Coren at 10:00 pm on November 30th, 2011

Hi Steve. I’m afraid I do still smoke, yes. Had a decent stab at giving up but it didn’t last. I’ll do better next time…

  Pele - no Biggins next week, I’m afraid, but lots of excellent Heresy guests due in the coming weeks. I’m sure I’ll be posting their names on blogs as the series continues (on Wednesdays, if not before).


Tony at 12:41 pm on December 1st, 2011

Well - I’m afraid this post is nothing to do with this article [although I have, of course, read it!] but is more of a thank you. [Here it comes] Poker is a game I’ve enjoyed playing for ages - I’m just not that good at it! I am, however, getting better. And that is thanks to two people. One is my friend Greg [cheers mate! Lovely guy - likes Red Dwarf] who encouraged me to learn more about the game - the other person is Victoria. I’m getting the book for Christmas although I can’t wait - a small trip to the tree on Christmas eve? You betcha! I’ve read pretty much all Victoria’s Poker articles and they have made me think differently about the beautiful game [no - the other one].

So thanks Greg, you led me to the table. And thank you Victoria for making me think more about where I’m sitting.


JazBenz at 12:49 pm on December 1st, 2011

I’d like to say that radio shows seem to be available globally without restrictions. I can listen to it fine from Germany :)


DW at 12:39 am on December 2nd, 2011

Well Victoria if Heresy this time is as good as you say I will be there next Wednesday - early to get in and get a drink after collecting my Indian Visa, I look forward to the show!
PS The ice cream offer by the sea
still stands and I promise to help you give up smoking! :-)


dw at 12:45 am on December 2nd, 2011

You are doing a great job teacup, everything you are on is hilarious at the moment!! keep it up


The Tim at 11:56 am on December 3rd, 2011

‘Panto is an outdated art form.’

Oh no it isn’t!


Fitch at 9:25 am on December 5th, 2011

Great piece in the Observer this week….laughed out loud….cheers Victoria…have a great yule. xxx


fingéro at 8:15 pm on December 8th, 2011

Yesterday I saw an outdoor drunken display that could well be considered an art form. I’ve also seen a panto with Eastenders Phil Mitchell that might well be a source of national shame.
Not sure if that changes anything?
(I’ve never been to Downton Abbey)


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