Saturday 24 November 2018

OMG, no Daily Mail!

A tick-list from journalist Charlotte Gill for last night's Have I Got News For You:

She wasn't entirely right. There was a joke about Diane Abbott's counting ability, but otherwise that's pretty spot-on.

As for targets on the Brexit issue, another tick-list could be drawn up and would show that the 'anti-establishment' Ian & Co. only mocked Brexiteers.

At least the show tackled the big BBC controversy of the week, Cleavagegate. And Andy Hamilton even got to crack a traditional BBC comedians' joke about Michael Gove. (Hurray!). Bandages at the ready folks, lest your sides actually split:

DAVID MITCHELL: And how has the BBC upset people this week by censoring something? 
PAUL MERTON: There was a documentary, I'm not quite sure about the details, a documentary that was being shown in Africa and there was a bit of pixelating going on? 
DAVID MITCHELL: Yes, producers of a BBC Africa documentary decided to blur out the cleavage of a female interviewee. Let's have a look at what we can. Yeah. 
DIDDY ANDY HAMILTON: Is that because the cleavage was involved in a court case? 
DAVID MITCHELL: BBC bosses said they felt the need to cover up because they were worried it would offend audiences in some conservative African countries. According to an internal BBC e-mail, "The decision to deal with Pam's cleavage was made at senior editorial level". 
DIDDY ANDY HAMILTON: And that would be the Head of Cleavage. HOC, as it's known. Can I just say, the other lady's cleavage is quite low. I don't understand quite what the parameters were there. 
IAN HISLOP: Are you pitching to be HOC? 
DIDDY ANDY HAMILTON: In that opening sequence, where Michael Gove was running, you could quite clearly see his man-boobs. And I think they should have been pixelated. 

I note there were no Daily Mail jokes this week. Rumour has it that all BBC political comedy panel shows have been required by the BBC Charter for at least two decades to make jokes about the Daily Mail. In fact, Daily Mail (and Michael Gove) jokes have been the only thing keeping some BBC comedy panel afloat for years, and now they can't make them any more because the Daily Mail is no longer evil. I can see programmes like HIGNFY going out of business soon. 


  1. It seems the prospect of The Now Show being presented by two white males is too much for Radio 4 Virtue Signalling in 2018...they had some unfunny feminist in charge. Why don't they just forego the comedy attempts and simply read out man-hating feminist tracts for half an hour? Would save a lot of money.

  2. It's actually funny how those who have made careers on twitter deriding 'Daily Mail Readers' (presumably never having glanced themselves to avoid feeling silly) are now dipping the odd blue and gold starred pinkie into the Mail's pond... as it drains away like a pee puddle in the Gobi.


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