Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Heretics On The March Again

Thursday, 16 May 2013

  Heresy returns to Radio Four tonight at 6.30pm! I’m producing this series as well as presenting it, so I hope nobody notices a marked slump in quality. I CERTAINLY HAVEN’T, at the two recordings we’ve done so far.

  Guests for tonight’s fantastic first episode are Lee Mack, David Schneider and Germaine Greer. They will be arguing against the received wisdoms:





  It is a very funny episode; hope you enjoy it. Free tickets are still available for a few of the remaining live recordings - the 8pm show on Friday May 24th (though the early show that night is now sold out), and either of the shows on Wednesday June 5th.

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stephen at 6:03 pm on May 16th, 2013

Loved the show tonight Victoria, love your new name change too,agreed with you about fox hunting. Heresy is one of my fave shows on R4!

Andy The Dealer at 7:02 pm on May 16th, 2013

You’ve been usurped by a nice lady called Victoria Coren-Mitchell.  I have to say she sounds a bit posher than you, but she seemed to cope very well, especially when deflecting Lee Mack’s attempts to take her home.  A very enjoyable show.  With you as the producer, I am sure the show will go from strength to strength.  You were a jolly good presenter too, but the new lady seems more relaxed.

mark at 8:00 pm on May 16th, 2013

Really enjoyed the show but felt the Andy Murray topic was the usual excuse to indulge in the predictable Scottish sterotype jokes.Also Andy Murray did not say anyone but England to win.He wore a Paraguay shirt on the day England played them in the world cup.This was done to wind-up his English friends and girlfriend.
Most of the country is miserable why should he be any different?

Morag at 9:16 pm on May 16th, 2013

Aw Mark I think that’s unfair, yes couple of knee jerk Scot jokes but it is Radio Four! Victoria was saying she liked him better when he stuck to his Scottish guns anyway.
  I also thought it was a great show, don’t think Lee Mack tried very hard with the arguments but he was hilarious. I love foxes too :-)

Donald at 11:51 am on May 17th, 2013

Hello Mrs Coren Mitchell, good to hear you back with the programme.

From my Scottish perspective I found your item on Andy Murray quite enjoyable. It shook me out of my dourness for its duration. I don’t think Andy was miserable to begin with, just reserved, and I think to say he should look happier is to say he shouldn’t be himself. I wasn’t too keen on Ms Greer’s attitude towards him, though I think her view that we should regard the news with skepticism is very apt.

I’m very impressed by your closing credit. Taken with your new name it must run off the end of the page. All you have to do now is become your own three guests!

TO_Ont at 10:56 pm on May 19th, 2013

I think math and science are more important to study than media studies, but not for the reasons traditionally given.

We need math and science to understand the media!  We’re constantly reading popular ‘science’ articles about new medical research where a journalist claims that the research implies a certain conclusion, or listening to politicians tell us their finance policies, or hearing that a poll says x % of people do something. 

And a lot of us lack the basic math skills and knowledge of the scientific method to even judge for ourselves if we’re being told nonsense; we’re at the mercy of journalists and politicians to tell us what the math and science say.

So the premise of the question is flawed, because IMO the best media studies course would be very heavy in math and science.

Arthur Rosecrop at 8:51 am on May 23rd, 2013


I must say how much I enjoyed the recording of tonight’s Heresy.  I even quite enjoyed my own contribution, even if I might have said such rubbish that it had to be edited out.  I had no idea that I would say what I did when I filled in the questionnaire beforehand (complete with a reserve/spare topic this series, I notice).  I attended the last recording of the previous series and things seemed, if anything, slightly better organised now that you are a producer - plus great guests and interesting topics, as usual. 
Alex Horne is always good fun and David seemed in good form, and much more comfortable with you than in his encounter with that woman, (a past contestant from the Apprentice, I think), on the previous day’s 10 o’Clock live.

Clive at 10:51 am on May 29th, 2013

“Coren Mitchell” sounds like something that gets shouted out when someone buzzes a question on University Challenge.

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