9 thoughts on “Speak English”

  1. I didn’t see it — the title would have put me off even if I’d noticed it in the list­ings — but it sounds like exactly the sort of pro­gramme that would wind me up too. I now know to avoid it in future!

  2. Julian Fellowes used to write speeches for Iain Duncan Smith. (Remember him?)

    See, it all falls into place now.

  3. It’s funny, Carla. I also though I wouldn’t like it — but I went ahead any­way. It’s this atti­tude that gets me hooked on Big Brother. A coupel nights of “Oh, Christ, they’re all mor­ons!” soon segues into “Hmm, I won­der what the mor­ons are up to?” Hours pass…

  4. I think you’re right, Tim. I won­der if he came up with the “Never under­es­tim­ate a quiet man” bit. Quite excru­ci­at­ing. Him and Ricky Gervais have ‘embar­rass­ment com­edy’ in com­mon; the only dif­fer­ence is that Gervais intends it, Fellowes does not.

  5. I’ve nev­er watched Big Brother so I can’t com­ment, but it’s cer­tainly true that there’s some­thing mes­mer­ising about activ­ity on a screen, whatever the activ­ity is. I know noth­ing about foot­ball and care less, but if someone else is watch­ing a match on the TV it will hook my atten­tion too, even though I’ve no idea what’s going on. I think it’s the same brain pro­cess that’s fas­cin­ated by a tank of trop­ic­al fish.

  6. I don’t have a life either, Ian, but one thing is for sure, I don’t spend my non-life watch­ing live TV. I only watch films or drama that I’ve recor­ded or bought.
    I’ve nev­er watched big broth­er, or, in fact, any live TV for about 15 years. My god, a dino­saur­ess. (I admit I got sucked into a bit of the test match series last sum­mer via help­ing to build some flat­pack fur­niture in the room where it was on).
    Interesting that about Fellowes writ­ing speeches for Iain Duncan Smith, whom I do dimly recall 😉
    Wonder who writes the Lib Dem’s?

    This may be a non-sequit­ur, but I went onto a blog earli­er today which con­tained this post­ing: “I am going away for the week. Please will someone tape the Internet for me while I am away, I don’t want to miss any­thing?”

  7. I think you’re right about the telly; I like the idea of just watch­ing DVDs — would cer­tainly free up some time. One day per series of 24!

  8. I am going to ignore any deep intel­lec­tu­al thoughts you may have thrown us and ask you what you think of The Office.
    We get the US ver­sion here in Canada. Some people think it’s the stu­pid­est thing they’ve ever seen. My 13yo son thinks it’s one of the fun­ni­est things he’s ever seen. I just watch the show with my jaw on the floor because these idi­ot­ic actions are mirrored every day in real life by real life idi­ots. It takes that uncom­fort­able factor to the highest extent. BUT! Usually it’s not at the embar­rass­ment of one per­son — one per­son made to be the vic­tim. It’s the embar­rass­ment of the col­lect­ive at the actions of one per­son. This again mir­rors the unwill­ing­ness of people, who have power in num­bers, to stand up to the idi­ots around them, but don’t have the cour­age. I think it’s a great poke at soci­ety in gen­er­al.

    Anyone? Anyone?

  9. I must say that I haven’t seen the US ver­sion of The Office, but I’m a big fan of the ori­gin­al, BBC ver­sion. It cer­tainly thrives on embar­rass­ment. Sometimes, it’s almost too much and I have to switch over…

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