Wednesday, 9 June 2010
The fourth Heresy in the series, tonight at 6.30 on Radio 4, has guests Mark Steel, Janet Street Porter and Richard Herring, arguing against the received opinions:
CAMERON AND OSBORNE ARE TOO POSH BY HALF
IF IT DOESN’T INVOLVE RUNNING AROUND, IT’S NOT A SPORT
WE MIGHT AS WELL JUST STOP LISTENING TO THE WEATHER FORECAST.
Darts, daft weather forecasters and political toffs: a light joky show, you might imagine. Actually it kicked off quite spikily on that first ‘posh’ topic. Mark Steel, invited to begin the defence of David Cameron and George Osborne (really not something that he would be naturally inclined to do), approached it as a panel show challenge, to delve into his mind and find counter-arguments that he COULD make, without actually believing them. A sort of Call My Bluff approach. He began gamely, with some very funny ironic stuff about how delighted he is to have “properly posh” people running the country.
But Janet Street Porter called him on it. She challenged what he was saying about comprehensive school kids. Of course this raised the bar massively for Mark, who was suddenly having to defend an opinion he clearly didn’t truly believe, against one of the other guests.
In the studio during the recording, I was a bit nervous. It felt very different, for example, from the episode going out next week, which has the atmosphere of a fun dinner party with all guests challenging the audience rather than each other. But, where I am a big girl’s blouse who likes harmony on social occasions, I think the clashiness makes for very interesting radio; that exchange on the first topic reflects a pretty unusual situation. Once the chairing job was over and I was back home listening to it on the radio, I really enjoyed it, and hope you do if you hear it.