Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Heresy winners

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

OK, the competition is now closed! This was a thread where I asked for ideas for Heresy, the Radio 4 show that I host, which battles against kneejerk opinion and received wisdom. The new series will be recorded in May (on the evenings of May 5th, 12th, 18th and 26th) for broadcast in May/June with some great guests including Clive Anderson, Fern Britton, Grayson Perry, David Baddiel and Rufus Hound; it’s a mixture of comedians, journalists, artists, presenters and general cultural idols / creative thinkers. If you fancy coming along to one of the recordings, tickets are available on this website and I don’t think they cost anything.

  Thanks very much to all who posted ideas for modern received wisdoms. We’re going to use two of the submitted entries - which may not sound like many, but we only have eighteen topics in total, and the general thrust of the submissions was very helpful in working out what the general preoccupations of the world are and crafting our own topics accordingly.There were quite a few submissions which were such straightforwardly good ideas that we were either doing them already, or had done them in previous series, and other areas which (if they came up a lot) we thought about and devised our own angles on them. There were others which were very good but a little bit too serious; we want juicy discussions about real “issues”, but it is, in the end, a comedy show, and there are some areas which just don’t work for that.

So: the two we are using from the blog are

“The television shouldn’t be used as a babysitter” from Lusipher Diablo
“You shouldn’t eat animals which are kept as pets (dogs, cats, horses)” from Oliver

  Naturally, that’s two prize-winners. But five seems like a decent number, so prizes will also go to these three suggestions which made me laugh and were on the shortlist:

“Models with small hands should not be allowed to advertise cheeseburgers” from MDW
“Doctor Who has an enviable lifestyle” from John
“All women have, at some point, considered using a tape worm as an aid to weight loss” from Paul B.

The first one didn’t make it to the final cut because, although I love it, I’m not sure there’s quite enough to talk about. The second lost out because I’ve only seen two episodes of Doctor Who in my life, 15 years apart, and I know far too little to lead a discussion about it (but well done John who, I think, won a prize when we ran this competition last year; next time round, maybe we should just hire him). The third was cut because I don’t think a high enough percentage of the audience would actually agree with it, but it’s funny.

  SO, I hope those five posters all used their real email addresses when submitting the topics. If so, they will get an email in the next couple of days with their prize details, asking for postal addresses.

  Thanks again to all for your time, help and ideas.

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MDW at 11:47 am on April 20th, 2010

Cheers - glad it made you :-D

I’ve never heard of Heresy but I promise I’ll give it a listen

(if I can find Radio 4)

John at 9:19 pm on April 20th, 2010

Wow, VC, thanks for the prize.  I would have been happy with just the book token, but a BBC commission as well!!  Fantastic.  Do we sign contracts over dinner?

King John II at 12:06 am on April 21st, 2010

God save the King.

We see our contribution did not find favour?
Political correctness, no doubt.
Sweetie pops is not amused.
I often have a grape at this time of day
A Royal Command.

Long live the King.

Gionni at 7:09 pm on April 21st, 2010

Dear Vicky,

I’m sorry that I discovered Only Connect so lately and it’s over now. It was so useful for my english pronunciation and by the way I enjoyed your charm and humour.  We say “la classe non è acqua” and I think it suits for you. With best regards Gionni

Claire at 1:31 pm on April 22nd, 2010

I just wanted to tell you I finished your book today.  First ever poker book, and first book in a long time. 
I also wanted to say thank you, as people like you made it possible for newbies like me to rock up to a casino and buy a seat to play poker.
I would love to say loads more to you but this is a totally the wrong place to do so!
Thank you

Andreas at 10:22 am on April 23rd, 2010

Ever thought about becoming a poker commentator on some poker show? I watched some show (EPT maybe?) where you did commentary and I was very impressed with it. Not only did you have knowledge, but your sarcastic remarks about some young boyish player made me laugh.

Greetings from Umeå, Sweden

Rog at 2:47 pm on April 24th, 2010

Well VC, I opened the paper today to find the headline ‘the £1m poker girl’ and expected to see a picture of you… Sadly you have been replaced by a 25 year old brunette model with degree in astrophysics!!! As well as being a model, she has won the EPT ...

Come on Vicky, you need to up your game… Front cover of FHM perhaps!!!  Additionally, wouldnt it be great to see the both of you in a series of three games-winner takes all…. loser strips!!

jelliphiish at 3:03 pm on April 24th, 2010

dearest Victoria,
I like reading your site but it makes my eyes bleed.. it’s too dark. i look away and i have negative overlays.

that aside do keep up the bloody good work.
many best regards

Russell at 8:10 pm on April 24th, 2010

I’m a winner because I have tickets to see the Heresy recording!

Lusipher Diablo at 12:57 am on July 27th, 2010

I’ve only just seen that my suggestion was accepted .... as you can guess, I didn’t receive an email telling me this - I really hope it didn’t go into my spam folder (or probably more likely, I ballsed up when giving my email address)

I’m going to be a bit of a chancer and wonder if I can get a belated prize .... or a (platonic) dinner date with Ms Coren herself (”,)

Victoria Coren

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