Morgan and Platell, Channel 4

by | Nov 6, 2004 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

Two of the most potent interviewers in British journalism flick verbal venom at bumbling politicians to get to the heart of the matter on an issue of current affairs.

What to say if you didn’t like it

Two monumental egos use the charade of a political interview to gush forth their egotistical views on the state of the nation, while a meek MP acts as a straw dog for them to incessantly bayonet with their dubious dogma.

What was good about it?

• The subject was a topical and contentious issue: Despite being the official government opposition, why was the Conservative Party acquiescing to Tony Blair’s nationally unpopular policies in Iraq?

• Michael Ancram’s views being as spineless as a worm seeking sanctuary in the soft earth from the rending talons of Amanda Platell and Piers Morgan.

• Michael Ancram’s ludicrous suggestion that the fledgling Iraqi government was determining policy.

• Amanda saying to Ancram: “I understand we’ve asked you a lot of difficult questions tonight, but you’ve just sat on the fence”

What was bad about it?

• The eternal problem of interviewing politicians. Michael Ancram simply batted away the variegated array of questions bowled at them with a single stock answer. Even Paxman would have struggled.

• The studio and introductory music made it seem like a real-life Day Today.

• The weak selling point of the two hosts not always agreeing.

• Amanda’s accent seems to be the winner of a Pin the Tail on a Donkey contest only with a global map. Ancram avoiding the question of civilian Iraqi deaths.

• The live format was counterproductive, as Ancram often blustered, and wasted valuable time repeating himself.

• The friction between Piers and Amanda seemed often to be indulgent as though two lions squabbling over the spoils of a corpulent corpse of a zebra, whose nutrition rotted away as they argued.

• The anecdotal evidence offered by Piers and Ancram seemed highly subjective. Piers’ was from his serviceman brother, while Ancram’s was a “friend”.

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