Tonight’s Heresy: Thatcher, Bond and sex…
Thursday, 6 June 2013
On tonight’s Heresy: an experiment in Old School Radio 4 light entertainment! No comedians at all in the line-up, just three witty and smart people discussing some stuff. And me. Chairing it. As usual.
The guests are: old Heresy favourite, the reverend Richard Coles; writer and broadcaster Julia Hartley Brewer, and Times restaurant critic and weekly columnist Giles Coren. YES, MY BROTHER! He’s always been a perfect potential Heresy guest; if he hadn’t been my brother, and I’d only read his work and noticed his sporadic press controversies, I’d have asked him on the show years ago. I think I was shy to invite him because I worried about whether he’d enjoy it, whether it would skew the recording, whether people would think it was weird. But I finally asked him and he said oh what the hell okay, and TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT for his debut appearance!
The Received Opinions that guests will be arguing against are:
- SKYFALL IS NOT JUST A “BOND MOVIE”, IT’S A PROPER FILM
- THE THATCHER DEATH PARTIES WERE IN BAD TASTE
- IT’S SEXY FOR MEN TO BE FUNNY.
As for the experiment in 70s-style Radio 4, where nobody’s a comedian and everyone’s just generally engaging in light debate and wit, I think it went very well at the recording and I really enjoyed it. But see what you think.