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Old 27-04-2013, 02:27
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Just to remind that the 32nd series of Watchdog will be on Wednesday.
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Old 27-04-2013, 09:02
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Ta muchly. 8pm I trust?
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Old 27-04-2013, 10:12
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Please say Chris Hollins has been punted and replaced by someone at least half bearable?
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Old 27-04-2013, 11:03
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The problem with Watchdog it that it is supposed to be a serious consumer programme dressed up to cater as entertainment with silly sketches and over jovial presenters. I suppose they are catering for the many that cannot sit and watch a programme with a serious subject without getting bored.

Many good documentary-type programmes are ruined these days, by showing them as low intelligence entertainment.
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Old 27-04-2013, 11:12
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The problem with Watchdog it that it is supposed to be a serious consumer programme dressed up to cater as entertainment with silly sketches and over jovial presenters. I suppose they are catering for the many that cannot sit and watch a programme with a serious subject without getting bored.

Many good documentary-type programmes are ruined these days, by showing them as low intelligence entertainment.
A lot of consumer based TV shows have been light-hearted and wacky all the way back to That's Life and The Braden Beat, probably one can lay the blame entirely on Esther Rancid.
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Old 27-04-2013, 11:54
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A lot of consumer based TV shows have been light-hearted and wacky all the way back to That's Life and The Braden Beat, probably one can lay the blame entirely on Esther Rancid.
Yes, she was often able to imply there was crisis over something which was only a bit of a drama.
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Old 27-04-2013, 12:17
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The problem with Watchdog it that it is supposed to be a serious consumer programme dressed up to cater as entertainment with silly sketches and over jovial presenters. I suppose they are catering for the many that cannot sit and watch a programme with a serious subject without getting bored.

Many good documentary-type programmes are ruined these days, by showing them as low intelligence entertainment.
The thing is, there are "serious" consumer stories and there are trivial ones. They'd look ridiculous if they tackled them all as if they were Panorama.

Lynne Faulds Wood used to do that. She did stories about the dangers of pop-tarts, and made it sound as if it was as serious as North Korea's nuclear programme.
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Old 27-04-2013, 12:26
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If it's BBC One, they seem to feel they have to make it laddish. Hence the idiocy with blokes on motorbikes.
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Old 27-04-2013, 12:54
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If it's BBC One, they seem to feel they have to make it laddish. Hence the idiocy with blokes on motorbikes.
Bloke (singular). Try to keep up.
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Old 27-04-2013, 13:09
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Possibly it was blokes (plural) on motorbike (singular). I forget exactly.

Let's see whether the motorbike or bikes survive into the new series.
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Old 27-04-2013, 13:09
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I watch it for 2 reasons.

1) Because I am interested in seeing large companies, cowboys etc being caught out or exposed for bad practices.

2) So I can criticise the over zealousness of some of the aforementioned exposÚs.

I agree with pretty much everything I just read on here, but I'll still watch because one way or the other, it makes for interesting viewing. Another one is watching Anne Robinson doing a rotten job of grilling company directors etc by sticking to the script in her hand without deviation.
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Old 28-04-2013, 02:13
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Ta muchly. 8pm I trust?


Yes, 8pm.
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Old 28-04-2013, 10:16
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The thing is, there are "serious" consumer stories and there are trivial ones. They'd look ridiculous if they tackled them all as if they were Panorama.

Lynne Faulds Wood used to do that. She did stories about the dangers of pop-tarts, and made it sound as if it was as serious as North Korea's nuclear programme.
Agreed, there's a lot of "rost-tinted spectacles" on DS these days.
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Old 28-04-2013, 11:24
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I watch it for 2 reasons.

1) Because I am interested in seeing large companies, cowboys etc being caught out or exposed for bad practices.

2) So I can criticise the over zealousness of some of the aforementioned exposÚs.

I agree with pretty much everything I just read on here, but I'll still watch because one way or the other, it makes for interesting viewing. Another one is watching Anne Robinson doing a rotten job of grilling company directors etc by sticking to the script in her hand without deviation.
These sort of programmes bring a new slant on "investigative reporting" in that it appears that many of the popular and familiar faces, are rubbish at it.
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Old 28-04-2013, 11:53
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The thing is, there are "serious" consumer stories and there are trivial ones. They'd look ridiculous if they tackled them all as if they were Panorama.

Lynne Faulds Wood used to do that. She did stories about the dangers of pop-tarts, and made it sound as if it was as serious as North Korea's nuclear programme.
She did? wow, I used to eat those as a kid I demand to see that report! lol

If it's BBC One, they seem to feel they have to make it laddish. Hence the idiocy with blokes on motorbikes.
Bloke (singular). Try to keep up.
Yes, Dan was jailed last year for benefit fraud (see:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-18867305)
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Old 28-04-2013, 14:22
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what studio is this now coming from?
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Old 28-04-2013, 14:28
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Lynne Faulds Wood used to do that. She did stories about the dangers of pop-tarts, and made it sound as if it was as serious as North Korea's nuclear programme.
I think it was Mary Whitehouse Experience did a sketch parodying her on Watchdog. The catchphrase being "This [insert product] could be a potential death trap." The products got more trivial and unlikely as the sketch went on.

If was before I started watching Watchdog but it was a funny sketch.
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Old 28-04-2013, 14:44
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The thing is, there are "serious" consumer stories and there are trivial ones. They'd look ridiculous if they tackled them all as if they were Panorama.

Lynne Faulds Wood used to do that. She did stories about the dangers of pop-tarts, and made it sound as if it was as serious as North Korea's nuclear programme.
Pop Tart?

Wasn't he Doughboy's father?
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Old 29-04-2013, 02:38
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what studio is this now coming from?


Salford or Cardiff.
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Old 29-04-2013, 07:00
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Yea I did see this on my EPG,

I always do a full weeks search for programs I think I will like on a Sunday
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Old 29-04-2013, 18:21
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Salford or Cardiff.
but your not sure which?
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Old 30-04-2013, 02:50
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but your not sure which?


No, but I'll be watching just see what Anne says.
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Old 30-04-2013, 21:21
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good its not clashing this time...GET SOME TEETH ANNE
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Old 01-05-2013, 20:09
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Hmm, this piece about mobile contracts is off-putting. Didn't he just say staff now have to say prices could go up and down - down? whats the chance the phone companies are going to lower contract prices?.
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Old 01-05-2013, 20:11
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So if Matt can ride a bike, why did he need a driver?

Waste of Licence payers money.
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