Wednesday, 26 May 2010
It’s quite a strident Heresy tonight (Radio 4, 6.30pm). The guests are Marcus Brigstocke, Natalie Haynes and lovely Reverend Richard Coles (well, they’re all lovely, I’m just especially fond of Richard); received opinions for them to destroy are
TRANSPORT STRIKES ARE BAD FOR COMMUTERS
KATE MIDDLETON SHOULD GET A JOB
ATHEISM IS A MORE RATIONAL POSITION THAN FAITH.
It’s all very jolly and funny, until we get onto the last topic and Marcus Brigstocke is suddenly shouting “God is revolting!” at the vicar. Put it this way: if the recording had been a dinner party, I’d have been fussing about with the cutlery and saying “Ahem, ahem, coffee anyone?”
But that’s one of the things I love about Heresy. I always want to have some proper meaty argument and discussion in the mix, even though it’s the comedy slot, and it can create a very different mixture of shows. Some episodes are very light and funny, some are scratchy, some are very deeply-felt, some appear to be deeply-felt but people are just making exaggerated satirical arguments… This episode is very different from next week’s, but has some really funny stuff in it, alongside the moments of unusually real and sincere expression, and I like it a lot. Hope you enjoy it if you listen.