Episode 13 Points of View


Episode 13

Jeremy Vine delves into the viewer postbag to discover which TV programmes have been hits and misses this week.


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Good afternoon and welcome to Points Of View.

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Now, are you what viewer James Currie would call

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"a curious and educated adult"?

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He is!

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Do you respond well to being talked to

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like a class of six-year-old children?

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He doesn't.

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So, perhaps like him, you are not enjoying the new look

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that's being given to a favourite from the BBC Two autumn schedule.

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Is this Zoe Ball we're talking about?

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-Love it, I just want more!

-That's what I want.

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I want you to do the whole cast by the end show.

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She took a bit of flak last week for being too excited

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on Strictly: It Takes Two,

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but this presenter is actually earlier in the alphabet.

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This time it is Michaela Strachan on Autumnwatch,

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who's being told, "We don't need you to be that excited

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"for us to enjoy the programme."

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What a triumph of modelling clay this is.

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Are you sure that's a bat's nose,

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cos it looks a bit dodge to me, if you don't mind me saying.

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Dodge?

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SHE LAUGHS It looks a bit of a worry!

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-But going back to the photograph of the bat.

-Yeah.

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That looks like a player in the rugby world cup, in New Zealand.

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What - it's been smacked in the face?

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-Smacked in the face, yes!

-I don't know, Chris. Can she stay?

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A face only a mother could love.

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Some viewers are attributing the excitability to a sugar rush,

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so we will be confiscating the Kendal mint cake

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from the Autumnwatch crew for forthcoming programmes.

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It seems there are personnel issues with All Roads Lead Home, too.

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The premise of journeying the British countryside

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using Mother Nature instead of a satnav - ah, we liked that -

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but the presenting trio of

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Gavin And Stacey's mum,

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that lady from the voice-over,

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and Dirk Gently

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seems to be jarring.

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'And then over the next ridge we see some trees

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'that look a little more helpful.'

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That's pretty compelling, isn't it?

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'Other than the sun, this is the first natural signpost

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'we've been able to read.'

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-Yeah.

-Like Donald Trump's hair.

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So, they're all lookin' that way.

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-Yep.

-So, it's a southwesterly wind, isn't it?

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A southwesterly wind.

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The one at the top, which probably gets most wind,

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is the most...

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Yeah.

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..severe.

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'At last, something works.

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'We're not so stupid after all!'

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Here we go again!

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Ditch the luvvies, bring on the experts - they know their stuff,

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and at least they can't be any more annoying!

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Rarely since the days of Don't Scare The Hare

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has a programme been so roundly condemned.

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And hang on, Sue Perkins was involved with that one, too.

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-Oh, she's blown it!

-AUDIENCE: Don't scare the hare!

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Oh, Audrey's scared the hare.

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What a letdown for her, her team and the balloon.

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Now, Don't Scare The Hare has become shorthand

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for a show that failed

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but let's stop for an appreciation.

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Hi, I think that Don't Scare The Hare was a really good TV show.

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It is one of the few shows at the moment that combines

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general knowledge and fun activities.

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Did you send that in for a bet? If so, you won.

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Now, the BBC is being criticised for underplaying the tributes

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to the sitcom writer David Croft, who died in September.

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He had a screen career spanning four decades.

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David brought us Dad's Army, Are You Being Served, Hi-De-Hi!,

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It Ain't Half Hot Mum and 'Allo 'Allo,

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right into our living rooms,

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so you would think the BBC would have stopped all the clocks

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to appreciate a master of times past.

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Shame on you, BBC, for only showing a ten minute programme

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on the tribute to David Croft.

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And shame on you again, for not showing a clip from

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It Ain't Half Hot Mum, one of his best comedies.

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Shame on you twice, Clive says.

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We will watch out for that one, then.

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Next, Twincredibles -

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an extraordinary documentary highlighting the rare occasions

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when racial genetics lead to the birth of twins

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of different skin colour.

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Twincredibles was a programme about

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multi-racial twins,

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where one twin was lighter than the other

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and it was supposed to show their different life experiences.

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However, I think it came across as quite negative.

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'When the twins were born, my first thought was,

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' "I can't believe Hope is completely white,"

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'but it got even more surprising

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'when Leo got darker and darker.'

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'The brothers hit the headlines after they were born 20 minutes apart,

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'one white and the other black.'

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You look like a clown!

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For viewer Beverly Nicholls,

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it was the negative tone

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that didn't sit side by side with the subject matter,

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and her family is in a unique position to comment.

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We always used to have that thing, didn't we, of being asked...

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-our dates of birth?

-Yeah, as a test.

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To see if we'd get it right!

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As if they're going to catch us out cos we're lying.

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'Someone had said that I should let Nathan'

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be brought up properly by a white family.

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'We never really thought of the difference in colour

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'being anything more unusual

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'than the difference in eye colour, hair colour, height,

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'weight, build, and that's something that we didn't think came across...

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-'That's right.

-..in the programme.'

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'I see myself as black but other people see me as white.

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'But we're mixed race.'

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I thought it'd be an opportunity for many people, including myself,

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'to see how other mixed-race twins are.

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'I think it fell short of that, where it seemed

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'to centralise on problematic relationships,

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'and that's not mine'

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or my family's experience of that at all.

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'We do like completely different things.

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'We like completely different people.

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'He is just not the same as me in any way.'

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We didn't feel that there was a balance

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on the way everyone had been portrayed in the programme.

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Then again, we didn't know

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whether that was how the people had felt

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or the way it had just been edited.

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It didn't seem like the people were too happy with the way they were.

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Now drama,

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and Hidden is Philip Glenister's latest vehicle.

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So, that's the Quattro back in the garage, then.

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It's shown after 9pm, but apparently the nudity and the swearing

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are joining forces with the wobbly camera work to...

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nauseate some viewers.

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CAR HORN BEEPS

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-Put your

-BLEEP

-foot down!

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CAR HORN BEEPS

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-Oh,

-BLEEP!

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Camera people, let me introduce you to the tripod.

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It is a kind of three-legged creature,

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which allows your camera to film steady pictures.

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Recent invention, you ask? No, about 100 years.

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We think there may be a shortage of them.

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In a land of myth, and a time of magic,

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the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young man.

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His name...

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Merlin.

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Now, when you begin your programme with the words,

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"In a land of myth and a time of magic,"

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does that give you carte blanche to rewrite medieval history?

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Discuss.

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'His compassion.

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'His unselfish heart.'

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MUSIC: "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse

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It is certainly magical for most, but some viewers are not happy

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with the production playing fast and loose

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with Arthurian legend.

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SHRIEKING

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No! NO!

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No!

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No!

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I think Merlin's very clever as it gives you

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the bits of the legend you'd expect -

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Lancelot, The Sword In The Stone, The Lady Of The Lake,

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they're all there.

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They're all parts of the legend and it tells you that

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but in a new and unexpected way.

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I think for the purists - yes, I understand why they're upset -

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but I think they should look at the amount of people

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that tune in and are now interested in the legends and myths,

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and if it makes it popular, then that's a good thing.

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I think my character, from where she started out to where she's ended up

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has had the biggest change.

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UTTERS INCANTATION

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WOMAN SCREAMS

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By the time you get to the fourth season she is out-and-out evil,

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and almost cackling in a cave like Macbeth's witches,

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but you can really understand why she is the way she is.

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Oof!

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It's far more fun being evil!

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To the king.

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Our most grown-up season yet.

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They've decided to push the boundaries every year

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and make it bigger, better and bolder

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and it is more filmic,

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it's beautiful, I think.

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I might be biased though!

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That about wraps things up for this week.

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Don't forget - send in your feedback, we can't do without it.

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E-mail us on...

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You can hop on the message board and join the discussions there...

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Or phone us. Calls are charged at a local rate from a BT land line,

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and here is the number for you.

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Or write to us. Here's the address. Old-fashioned letters go to...

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We will certainly be taking a careful look at the stamp if you do.

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With the original wrapping.

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We've got the brown paper.

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Buckingham Palace paper.

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And it says,

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"Buckingham Palace...'03." 1903.

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That is probably worth somewhere in the region of let's say,

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between £30 and £40.

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Well spotted, Bruce and Colin.

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Antiques Roadshow told us,

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"Thanks to the sharp-eyed Points Of View viewers

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"for pointing this one out.

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"Our specialist, Lars Tharp,

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"is very knowledgeable about ceramics

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"but admits Victorian stamps are not a speciality.

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"We are delighted to pass on such good news to the owner of the cup."

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I love a happy ending. Goodbye.

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E-mail [email protected]

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Jeremy Vine delves into the viewer postbag to discover which TV programmes have been hits and misses this week.

Send comments in by email to [email protected]; by post to Points of View, BBC Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1AY; or telephone 0370 908 3199.


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