Tuesday, 5 May 2009
I forgot to plug tonight’s Heresy! And it was the Glitter episode and everything! But, aha, I shall put a link to it at the end of this post.
Tonight’s episode was the one where we did a topic based on a poster’s anecdote on this blog about a friend in a record shop who was asked to stop playing a Gary Glitter album. The gist of the topic was whether you can still listen to someone’s music / read their writing / watch them in films, when the creator of the art in question has turned out to be very grim. Aiming to get a 100% yes vote from the audience, Charlie and I decided to phrase the topic as “IT IS HARD TO ADMIRE GARY GLITTER”. The producer was absolutely terrified. Of course it was a perfectly safe and quite literary conversation in the end. But I’m sorry we recorded it before the release of In The Loop, because we could also have talked about whether there was any universe where it would have been okay for Chris Langham to appear in that film. I’m prepared to say: I missed him in the film. It’s a really good film. But everything else aside, Chris Langham was brilliant in The Thick of It and (whether or not this would have made it right to cast him, which it probably wouldn’t) the film would have been better with him in it. And have a listen to some of Gary Glitter’s old tracks on Youtube. The man is as revolting as revolting can be, but the music is just great.
Guests for this show were David Mitchell, Euan Ferguson and Tanya Gold - all of whom were excellent - and the other received opinions were
THERE IS SOMETHING SLIGHTLY UNPLEASANT ABOUT WOMEN’S BOXING
and - thank heavens - the slightly easier
DOGS MAKE EXCELLENT PETS.
I should really have mentioned all this before the programme aired, but it can be heard for the rest of the week here.