Thursday 21 June 2018

She's not the messiah. She's (possibly) the new presenter of Question Time.

As ever, there's a fine piece by David Keighley over at The Conservative Woman discussing the BBC's obsession with quotas. 

David suspects that the BBC will go the whole hog and appoint either Mishal Husain or Samira Ahmed to replace David Dimbleby on Question Time - not because they're necessarily worth it but because they'd tick off at least three quota boxes in one fell swoop! Bingo!!!

(Would anyone be surprised if the BBC did that very thing, and did so for that very reason?) 

If so, Mishal's widely-slammed performance during the 2017 general election, pretty much acting as David Dimbleby's understudy, might still scupper her chances. 

So cool, calm and collected Samira it is then...

....(though she never seems very cool, calm and collected when she's tweeting about her pet hate Nigel Farage. I suspect he'll be getting far fewer invites to appear on QT if she gets the presenter's job)...

...and she really wants the job too. She's already tweeted her CV:

David also discusses the BBC head of comedy Shane Allen's comments that Monty Python wouldn't be commissioned by today's BBC because they are "six Oxbridge white blokes" - comments made as the BBC unveiled a series of new comedy programmes fronted by female and ethnic minority comedians.

One absolutely hideously white python, namely Basil Fawlty (who famously owned a Spanish waiter, so was #FBPE and multicultural even back then), doesn't seen overly impressed with the Shanester (as the BBC's master of hilarity surely calls himself):

It must be said that, with the exception of Mrs Brown's Boys (though it's not my personal cup of Mrs Doyle's tea), BBC TV comedy looks to have pretty much passed on. It's no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to fresher media outlets. It's a stiff, bereft of life. It rests in peace. If Shane hadn't nailed it to the BBC quota board, it would be pushing up the daisies. Its metabolic processes are now history. It's off the viewing public's radar. It's kicked the bucket, having last been seen alive in the days of Mrs Bucket. It's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible on multicultural Songs of Praise

For my personal view on the Question Time issue, were you wondering, I'd scrap it. 

Sorry Samira.

P.S. If you wondering whether white, late middle-aged Shane Allen went to Oxbridge, well, no, he didn't. (I will admit to hoping that he did so I could make something of it). He went to Edinburgh University. And his track record, over many years before the BBC, sounds extraordinary. Was he really (as his BBC bio suggests) one of the creative minds behind Ali G, Brass Eye and Shooting Stars


  1. Why does the heading say she's the new presenter when the article indicates no appointment has been made yet?

    1. It was meant as a joke. I've added a 'possibly' now.

  2. Mishal is medically unfit for the role as she has had a personality bypass. Samira in my opinion is one of those people who is far less gifted than she thinks she is. Here's an example of the sort of tosh she wants us to believe:

  3. Has she got any Brownie badges? Cycling proficiency? Blue Peter?

    1. That reminds me. When are they going to rename Blue Peter as Red Petra? The BBC are failing there.

  4. On the positive side both Samira and Mishal were expensively educated at private schools, as no doubt will all the other potential candidates have been, and as indeed was Dimbo himself. And the people making the selection will also have been expensively educated at private schools. That's why they are all so keen on diversity.


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