November 26, 2008
is off the agenda. Apparently.
That’s right, the only intelligent show on TV(NZ) is already buried at some ungodly hour on a Sunday morning and now… it’s surplus to requirements.
For the love of- What are they thinking? It can’t be expensive to put on. I was on it once (many years ago) and received a nice bottle of wine for my troubles but still…
I had a lovely barney with Theresa Gattung on the show. For those that don’t know, the format was – guest interviewee comes on, gets asked some questions by the host, goes off and then the panel of media types (that was me) dissect their answers.
It’s a tad unfair, I’ll be the first to admit.
So, after the interview, we did our bit. I called for more regulation (something we’ve since got) and for the Com Com to have more powers (something they’ve also since got) and then when it was over went back to the Green Room to get my stuff.
The Green Room at TVNZ. It has couches. It has a TV. It has a coffee monster in the corner. It’s small and somewhat crowded but I’ve spent a bit of time there so it’s not intimidating.
It also contained one Ms Gattung who had stayed and watched our response to her interview and who was wanting a word or two with me.
I always liked Theresa, although I think she disliked me with a passion. I’m quite sad about that but I’m not going to be bullied and I wouldn’t stand down from a fight.
And so it was that we sat thigh by thigh on a tiny two-seater couch and had the biggest barney we’ve ever had. How can you say that? she demanded. It’s perfectly reasonable, I reposted. It went on for quite some time.
After she’d gone, the producer poked his head back in (everyone else had stood there pretending not to watch but eventually just giving up and gawping) and said “Golly, we should have just filmed that instead!”
So, the only intelligent show on TV, barring the odd moment.