Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

The last Heresy…

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

... can be heard for the rest of the week here. It’s the last in the series and (I hope) a great closing episode, with three of our best regular guests: David Mitchell, Euan Ferguson and Clive James. The received opinions they must destroy are





.... and I particularly enjoyed, on that last topic, reading out the most extreme facts I could find online about our three guests - most of which turned out to be true.

Clive James doesn’t broadcast nearly enough these days and I was so delighted that he came to do Heresy. All three had great arguments and top jokes, making the perfect show to finish off a series that I was really pleased and proud to be involved with.

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James at 10:35 am on May 19th, 2009


Sorry to be picky but Hamilton lives in Geneva not Monte Carlo. Although that is completely irrelevant to the underlying theme of the debate!

I look forward to listening on my way home from work


Victoria Coren at 12:01 pm on May 19th, 2009

Are you sure? We talked a lot about Phil Collins living in Geneva… We thought LH lived in Monaco. Nobody said he didn’t - and they’re boys, it’s not MY job to know about Formula One…. Maybe it’s the one with the weird jaw who lives in Monte Carlo?  Oh well, Monte Carlo, Geneva, I’ve been to both and they’re terribly similar.

David Bodycombe at 12:15 pm on May 19th, 2009

Funnily enough, me and the wife had this very same discussion (read: argument) the other day. She thought he lived in Monte Carlo also, and I thought it was Switzerland.

I’m afraid Switzerland is right:

Martin at 12:29 pm on May 19th, 2009

Is the weird jaw one, DC (David Coulthard) ?

I thought LH was a part time Swiss also.

Still doesn’t affect the argument that LH was schooled in this country, probably had any health issues fixed under the NHS but now as a big earner isn’t paying back into the system.

Although I am quite sure Vix if you won a large sum of money in an EPT / WPT then you would seek financial advice about how best to keep the tax man at bay, by legal means, obviously !

Martin the Pieman

Roger at 2:41 pm on May 19th, 2009

Well, as it is the last episode this evening… what are you going to do?  I vote for you to take over Fern Brittan’s role on this morning! Think of the publicity Vicky, you too could have your own reality show… A day in the life of ! It is just so obvious that TV needs a new Pete and Jordan, a new Jodie Marsh!

Rabbit at 4:30 pm on May 19th, 2009

Seems there’s a vacancy in the House of Commons just made for Vicky. At last someone who could do justice to the tights. Join the Esther Rantzen party, and bingo! MP for Hampstead & Highgate or Cricklewood West in no time.

LC at 6:39 pm on May 19th, 2009

I don’t think that it’s unpatriotic for people like Lewis Hamilton to be tax exiles, I just think it’s quite unfair.

Generally, I get more annoyed by people like Philip Green with his huge fortune that he keeps on earning from, not paying tax at all. He owns Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, Burton et al, and makes a lot of money from them. But why should his shop staff pay tax but he shouldn’t? When you look at it this way then it just seems quite ridiculous.

Snag at 12:02 am on May 20th, 2009

A new home for economic illiterates, has Comment Is Free closed down?

adam at 1:27 am on May 20th, 2009

Just like to say congrats on the series. I’ve been seriously underwhelmed by the recent new output in the 6.30 slot, and didn’t think much of Heresy, to be honest. But this series has been the highlight of the week for me. Not sure what you’ve done but it seems much more natural and less of a “concept”.
Well done.

LC at 1:39 am on May 20th, 2009

Wow, my last comment on here was a tad “Comment is Free.” Or even “BBC Have Your Say.”

Apologies for that.

spanther22 at 4:41 am on May 20th, 2009

re poker winnings - ITS ALL TAX FREE! (although not for americans)  WOOP! WOOP! so that 500k is safe and that 25 bucks i won in a 5 dollar s’n'go is MINE ALL MINE!
unfortunately tax advice is not free and everyone who reads this now owes me £120 plus VAT.

James at 9:12 am on May 20th, 2009

Great show last night - although I blame Clive James for me spilling wine when I got home!

Hope you get back in the 1830 slot with a new show


AndytheDealer at 10:57 am on May 20th, 2009

I can only echo Adam’s comments.  It’s on the verge of becoming a classic in the 6.30 spot, along with I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Just a Minute and The News Quiz.

Francis Chu at 10:15 am on May 22nd, 2009

Will there be any more episodes in the future?

Victoria Coren at 12:07 pm on May 22nd, 2009

Well I very much hope there’ll be another series and that I’d be asked to host it again - but neither is definite, and I expect would not happen until next year anyway. Shall certainly report it here if and when…

MarkP at 9:15 pm on May 22nd, 2009

Congratulations on the series of Heresy, I loved it. I have to admit this is the first series I’ve heard and I can’t imagine anyone (except for maybe the lady Channel4 announcer) who could do the job better. Hope you get another series.

Alun Jones at 5:21 am on August 2nd, 2009

I’ve been enjoying listening to Heresy on the bus to work this week. I cheat and download from the web, largely because even Radio 4 Long Wave doesn’t quite make it here to Seattle Washington.
We have a pet Republican in the office (he actually claims that he’s not a Republican, because the Republicans have a secret liberal agenda with which he disagrees), and I put it to him that if American public radio had shows like Heresy to make people think, it might actually be worth the government funding it, so it didn’t have to run thinly-disguised commercials and phone-a-thons to stay in business.
He merely expressed surprise that I had managed to survive the first couple of dozen years of my life on the NHS.
Good grief, how I have missed Radio 4.

Victoria Coren

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