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Jeremy Vine presents audience views on BBC TV over the week.


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This week, the BBC Two royal drama that firmly divided opinion,

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and after last week's feature on a mispronunciation

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it appears we've opened the floodgates.

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Welcome to the show that lets you have your say

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on the week's television across the BBC.

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Welcome to your Points Of View.

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First up this week, the drama that was making headlines

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even before it aired, with former government ministers

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both criticising and defending the BBC's decision to broadcast

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an adaptation of Mike Bartlett's award-winning play King Charles III.

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Written in blank verse, common to many of Shakespeare's plays,

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the drama saw a constitutional crisis detonated and

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the monarchy's future threatened when the new King Charles,

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played by the late Tim Pigott-Smith, refuses to sign a bill into law.

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But when the pen approaches paper thus,

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about to store forever my assent,

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the pen drives up.

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This one certainly proved controversial.

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And yet there were also rave reviews,

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lavishing praise on the production.

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You can catch King Charles III on the iPlayer.

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From a fictional portrayal of the British monarchy

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to the country's current head of government.

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Our guests tonight are the Prime Minister, Theresa May,

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and her husband Philip.

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Tuesday night saw Prime Minister Theresa May

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and her husband Philip appear as guests on The One Show sofa.

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Amongst other titbits, we discovered the UK's leader is a keen cook and

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how her love of shoes has inspired others to get into politics.

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..four or five years ago, I was in the lift in the House of Commons

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and there was a young woman in the lift,

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and I happened to look down and I said, "Oh, nice pair of shoes."

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And she said, "Oh, I like your shoes."

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And then she looked at me and you said,

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"Your shoes got me involved in politics."

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Now, it was undoubtedly one of the show's higher-profile bookings,

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but some question whether the Prime Minister's appearance

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was appropriate given the upcoming election.

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And there were those who felt The One Show's sofa

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should be a politics-free zone.

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Well, we put those views to The One Show's executive editor,

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Sandy Smith, and this is what he had to stay.

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We made it abundantly clear at the top of the show,

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and again at the end of the show,

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that Jeremy Corbyn would also be coming and that we'd be filming with

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five other party leaders as well to give them an opportunity to talk

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about their political upbringing, their roots and what drives them.

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And this has to be seen as part of the BBC's overall election coverage

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in which politicians will be held to account,

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challenged, asked about policy across radio and television.

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Next, the heat was well and truly on in the MasterChef kitchen

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this week as the latest search for Britain's best amateur cook

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reached its climax.

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Now, don't worry if you are still to catch up,

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we're not going to give the winner away.

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Monday night's episode saw the remaining five contestants

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under pressure at the official residence

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of the US ambassador to the UK.

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There's just ten minutes...

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..until Alison is due to serve her pumpkin pies.

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-We're running a bit behind, aren't we?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, OK.

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Stressful stuff!

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But the series and its contestants did seem to rise

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to the occasion for you.

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I found it very good. I really have enjoyed it.

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The contestants have been marvellous.

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Now, many MasterChef challenges see contestants tasked with

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creating dishes after choosing from a bountiful supply of ingredients,

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prompting several of you to e-mail us with the same query.

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So, what does happen with those spare steaks and any

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langoustines left languishing?

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Here is what the makers of MasterChef had to say.

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After a previous expedition along the Pan-American Highway,

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last weekend saw comedians Dara O Briain and Ed Byrne reunite

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for another big trip, this time setting off on the Road to Mandalay.

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How are you doing?

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Starting their journey in Malaysia,

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episode one saw the pair spectating at a poultry pageant and

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meeting members of an indigenous tribe before trying their hand

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at an ancient art with the help of some rather familiar-looking props.

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Go somewhere else next year.

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LAUGHTER

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The one time we got a good laugh was when I smacked you in the face.

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-Yeah, yeah.

-Should have done more of that.

-Yeah.

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Plenty of you were glad to see the pair hit the road again.

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Not everyone agreed with your last point, Cheshian.

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Dara and Ed continue on the Road to Mandalay tonight

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on BBC Two at nine o'clock.

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Now, last Sunday also had BBC One taking a trip,

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this time into the past of one of Britain's best-loved actresses,

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Dame Barbara Windsor.

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Penned by former EastEnders writer Tony Jordan,

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biopic Babs starred Samantha Spiro, Jaime Winstone

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and 12-year-old Honor Kneafsey in the title role,

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with the dame herself also making an appearance.

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-Oi, there weren't that many blokes!

-HE CHUCKLES

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There weren't!

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That's not funny!

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Sorry.

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Opinion on Babs was split right down the middle, though,

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with some criticising the style of storytelling.

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Next, last week's feature on the mispronunciation of the word nuclear

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certainly opened a can of worms.

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In fact, Point Of View's inbox went NUCULAR -

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I mean, nuclear -

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as you inundated us with your pet pronunciation peeves.

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It's very clear that he's CRATE-IVE and he's CRATE-IVE on his feet.

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Time for a lesson, presenters and producers. Here's our blackboard.

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Look, it's CREATIVE, it's not CRATE-IVE.

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Next. Yeah, hand up at the back. Keith.

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Jan's test has been used to help Olympians, TRI-ATHER-LETES...

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Quite right, Keith. It is ATHLETES -

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it's not ATHER-LETES!

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And finally, even the esteemed Mr Paxman didn't escape your wrath.

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I'll tell you, it's Don KWICKSOAT. Ten points for this.

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Actually, on double-checking this one,

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it appears KWICKSOAT is an acceptable, attested pronunciation.

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It's an old-fashioned anglicised version

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of the Cervantes novel title.

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Who knew?

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"Creative" and "athletes" were just two of the many mispronunciations

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you got in touch about.

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The BBC has a team whose job it is to offer advice on how to

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pronounce everything from Azerbaijan to Zacatecas,

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which is somewhere in Mexico, apparently.

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So, could they perhaps step in and help put an end to

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the proliferation of poor pronunciation?

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There isn't a list at the moment of commonly mispronounced words.

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That's partly because we do have a database, an online database

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that broadcasters can access and they can look up words.

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It's also because pronunciations can be context-dependent -

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so a historical pronunciation might not be relevant for

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a modern drama, but it might be for a historical drama.

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So there could be more than one way of saying something and

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creating a list would essentially crystallise the pronunciations

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and wouldn't take account of the context.

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To a land well known for hard-to-pronounce place names next.

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Set in Aberystwyth - hope I got that right -

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series three of the bilingual detective drama Hinterland

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kicked off on BBC Four recently with the brooding Tom Mathias

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investigating the murder of a minister.

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Local minister, Elwyn Jones.

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Found dead this morning, sir.

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-Forensics?

-On their way.

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Wife found the body, family yet to be questioned.

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Thank you, Lloyd.

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This series had previously been shown in Wales but those of you

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across the rest of the UK were delighted to see

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DCI Mathias and co return to BBC Four.

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Well, dramas being too bleak are occasionally

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a cause for complaint on Points Of View.

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In this instance, you feel it all adds to the appeal.

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Well, we checked, and unfortunately there is

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no news yet as to whether Hinterland will be returning for

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a fourth outing, so I'm sorry, I've got to leave you in suspense!

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Well, if you find the answer to that one, will you let me know?

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And finally this week, many, many thanks for this e-mail, John.

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Ah, hang on a minute.

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-Many, many thanks.

-Many thanks.

-Many thanks.

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-Many thanks.

-Many thanks.

-Many, many thanks.

-Many thanks.

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We didn't find examples of that, you'll be glad to hear, John.

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Just a singular thank you to everyone who's got in touch with us

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over the last week. Please do keep your points of view coming.

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You can leave us a message on the Points Of View hotline, of course.

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We're back next Sunday at the slightly later time of 4.10pm.

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See you then and have a great week.

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Jeremy Vine presents your views on BBC television programmes.

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