Episode 16 Points of View


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Good afternoon, and welcome to Points of View.

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Welcome to the set of Strictly Come Dancing,

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one of the BBC's most successful programmes.

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They're busy in here getting everything ready. See the seats?

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630 of them in here.

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When they asked who wanted tickets, how many applications did they get?

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One million. We'll talk about Strictly later.

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Meanwhile, somebody who has been tripping the light fantastic,

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twirling her way through a documentary about Leonardo da Vinci

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is Fiona Bruce, leaving some viewers to ask, "Where are the paintings?"

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There's something about the bars, the glamour, the excitement.

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But nothing prepares you for seeing it in the flesh.

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Apparently if we want to see how things should be done,

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we should have been watching the BBC Two documentary Secret Pakistan.

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In the 1990s, Pakistan helped create the Taliban to prevent Afghanistan

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falling under the influence of India, Pakistan's enduring enemy.

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And for tips on how to bring personality into a programme

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but not at the expense of the subject matter, Frank Gardner -

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whose guilty pleasure is the cult cartoon strip

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and soon-to-be Hollywood blockbuster Tintin.

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'This original page from Tintin In The Land Of The Soviets

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'is so valuable, it has to be brought out of a bank vault.'

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Wow.

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You were right to spot, Sidpickle, that Frank's usual home is

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the news bulletin, but it's not just a serious mode that news operates.

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According to viewer Duncan Yates, bulletin producers

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go out of their way to find a negative spin for nearly every issue.

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I know the economy at the moment is particularly bad,

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but I wish the BBC would just present the facts as they are

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without trying to put a negative slant on them.

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We're going to get the latest growth figures for the UK economy.

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-Simon is here.

-It's not great.

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The UK's economy is still growing, but not by much.

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We are looking at the weakest pace of recovery in nearly 100 years.

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If it's bad news, it gets emphasised as being particularly bad.

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If it's good news, there's always a "but" at the end.

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The economy is turning over, but only just.

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With third quarter figures due in the next couple of weeks,

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the forecast is the UK's economy has grown faster than predicted.

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But will it be a case of the glass being half-empty for BBC News?

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Yes, we're not expecting much growth.

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If we get any at all, it'll be a bonus.

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If the news was just factual, negative but factual,

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if that's how it is,

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then maybe the whole country wouldn't feel quite so depressed.

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So, there is a responsibility on the BBC not to talk it down too much,

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cos it affects us all.

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So, the jury is out on whether BBC News doom-mongers on purpose.

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And it is a hung jury on the solicitor drama Hidden as well.

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Initial feedback to us mainly concerned the wobbly camera work.

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Where have we heard that before? Now the series has finished,

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you've got another target in your sights.

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Oi, what's going on?

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Hello, Harry.

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What are you doing here?

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Think I'm going to sit there and watch them bang you up?

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Oh, so that was the point of the title.

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And they weren't teasing us for season two,

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as it was only commissioned as a four-part serial.

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But BBC daytime court drama The Case has secured itself a season two,

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after comments to us claiming it was good enough for a primetime slot.

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It has not migrated to peak yet,

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but you've had a lot to say about its lunchtime reappearance.

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..when there isn't a shred of evidence against him.

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He knew about the contents of the will, no evidence.

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The suicide was his idea, no evidence.

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-He carried out the injection?

-No evidence.

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I've nipped back to the Strictly set,

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and I'm on the edge of my seat as we're about to discuss

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the unsung heroes of this whole Strictly extravaganza.

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I say "unsung", that's the one thing they do really rather well.

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# Oh, baby, I'm a love man

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# Take your hand Let me holler one time, aaaw!

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# I'm a love man. #

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Led by musical director Dave Arch,

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the singers and musicians of the Strictly house band

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provides sterling support

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to the celebrities and professional dancers.

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And that crucial support has been noted.

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# I got your e-mails You just don't get females

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# Well, do you? #

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Well, it's fantastic that people are writing in.

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It's wonderful to know that people are listening

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and, I mean, we just try our best every week.

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MUSIC PLAYS

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With so many musical styles to cover, their repertoire is huge, so who decides on which songs to play?

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The songs are chosen each week between production and pro dancers,

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so if it's a tango, they'll find something that's a certain tempo

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and we take it from there, really.

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We have no say in it.

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If you're suddenly thrown a Lady Gaga song,

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if you don't really listen to that, it can be a shock to the system

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but it's always fun and it's always a challenge.

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# ..And I want it now. #

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We only do rehearse on the actual show days.

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It's a common misconception that we rehearse all week.

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-I wish we did.

-Yeah.

-So, it's a very long day.

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-Dave always knows everything.

-Yeah, we can't get away with it!

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-"No! No! Bar 13 should be a B-flat, not a B."

-What was that?!

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And you're like, "Oh, no."

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Being the unsung heroes of the programme is a lovely badge to wear.

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BRUCE FORSYTH: Dave Arch and his wonderful, wonderful orchestra!

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CHEERING

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Strictly Come Dancing still going strong after nine series.

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Its Saturday night dance partner Casualty has an even longer pedigree

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but we have recently covered calls for no further resuscitation

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because it's past its best.

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But apparently the scriptwriting crash team has performed a miracle

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and brought it back from the brink.

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# ..Then sings my soul

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# My saviour God, to me

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# How great thou art

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# How great thou art. #

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Now, I'd always imagined National Parks to be serene locations

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where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

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But if the rumpus triggered by Tales From The National Parks is anything to go by,

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the Peak District is far from peaceful.

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We have to try and take the middle ground

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and we sometimes get a bit of a bashing for it, but hey-ho.

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When you've got opposing views, you'll always be on the wrong side of one view, whatever you do.

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Well, the programme-maker, Richard Macer,

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strongly refutes any claims of lack of balance.

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The film was not about whether off-roaders or anti-off-roaders are right, he says,

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but who should decide who these landscapes are for.

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Now, I know Countryfile is one programme that constantly covers

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the issue of the competing needs of walkers and vehicles

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in areas of natural beauty,

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but it is the wearing of Remembrance poppies on Countryfile

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that attracted attention last week.

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It is true.

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Indeed those poppies are exactly where Bob told us they'd be.

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But Bob suspected wearing them was BBC company policy

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and did not reflect the wearers' individual position.

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This issue also triggered a long thread on our messageboard,

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which included the BBC stance, and it is this.

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So, there is no dictat. It's optional.

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But dates are set in line with the Royal British Legion's own launch.

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There will, of course, be some Remembrance programming in the coming weeks.

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If you have any feedback on that, or any other topic, please write to us.

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Here's the address:

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Or if you have a question, e-mail us, like Mike.

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Mike, the answer is there will be a tribute called Sir Jimmy Savile As It Happened on Friday.

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Jump on the messageboard to get in touch. Join the lively discussions.

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Or phone us. Calls are charged at a local rate from a landline

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and here is the number for you.

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Or even send us in a video, like this one from Jill Gearing.

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I got a new digital TV

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and now there's nothing on for me.

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All my friends say the same.

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Can you tell me who is to blame?

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There's nothing nice on any more

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and humour has gone out the door.

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There's plenty of doom and gloom.

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Any chance things will get better soon?

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Goodbye.

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Jeremy Vine hosts the weekly round-up of audience feedback on BBC television programmes.

Send comments in by email to [email protected]; by post to Points of View, BBC Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1AY; or telephone 0370 908 3199 (calls from a landline cost up to 8p per minute - some operators or mobile providers may vary).


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