Tuesday, October 31, 2006

BBC drama

First we had this two-parter from the BBC’s Spooks, reviewed by a correspondent to Melanie Phillips' blog:
The main plot involves a group of ruthless Mid-East hijackers who take over a London embassy and shoot people every hour. They turn out (of course) to be Jews in disguise. We have a Jewish traitor in high places with dialogue invoking the classic ‘can’t serve two masters’ accusation: ‘I asked which side he would fight on in a war between Britain and Israel. He just gave me his answer.’ The plot also relies on the same argument as the 9/11 conspiracy theory that Mossad blew up the twin towers because Muslims aren’t smart enough: MI5 realise the baddies must be Jewish because they’re too clever for their own good (and merciless and self-serving, naturally).
Now here's last night’s episode, as described in the Telegraph TV guide:
Adam is sent to infiltrate a Christian extremist group that is launching a terror campaign on Muslim targets. He finds his man and discovers a planned attack on a Manchester mosque, but his mole has also caught the eye of the Israeli secret service, who pick an inopportune moment to attempt an assassination.
This Thursday sees the start of a new drama series, The State Within. From the Telegraph guide:
Four minutes into the first episode, a terrorist bomb explodes aboard a plane that’s just left a US airport, killing everyone on it… At first, the bombing seems to have been perpetrated by a British Muslim…
Let me guess - and I'm going out on a limb here - the bomber isn't really a British Muslim?

And I see that last week’s episode of the BBC’s PC version of Robin Hood actually had the hero reading the Quran. Well, at least it impresses trendy metropolitan wet-liberal multiculti Islamofascist-hugging pinko-poofters like BBC cheerleader Dave Hill. I'm sure Dave will love this Saturday's programme which sees Robin freeing some Saracen slaves. Who knows, the Quran-reading anti-imperialist bowman might even join them in prayer.

Now, what was it the BBC chiefs were saying?

Director general Mark Thompson:
Judging by some of the headlines over the past week, there are people out there who think the BBC is dominated by trendy, Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in favour of multiculturalism.

Like all the best conspiracy-theorists, though, they don't let the facts get in the way of a good story.
Deputy director general Mark Byford:
"I do not accept that the BBC is crammed full of soft liberals."

Head of BBC News Helen Boaden:
"I found their claim of liberal bias unconvincing."


Blogger Wolfie said...

Lets not loose sight of the fact that this program is entirely fictional. I happened to catch this episode purely by chance and thought it was good drama (as in quite gripping) in spite of it being utter bunkum. It even finished with a Bruce Willis style punch-up at the end between the main protagonist and the baddie - pure TV junk-food.

I'd forgotten I'd even watched it within 15 minutes.

Looks like our Mel got a bad case of diarrhea from it though, so its back to the healthy diet for her.

1:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The political stance of the BBC, with which we are all familiar, now permeates all of their contemporary drama output.

The BBC are truly thumbing their noses at those who disagree with their political agenda.

2:19 pm  
Blogger AntiCitizenOne said...

I wonder will the BBC fund my ideas.

Idea 1.
What if the right acted like they say we would?

The Setting.
"It's 2009, God-Emperor Bush hasn't stepped down and rules the USA with camps for the lefties"

The Premise.
A recovered lefty has guilt pangs about how nice the USA is now, without the regulations, without the excessive taxation, without the funding of irresponsibility and most of all without the shrieking of "pour les autres" lefties.

Idea 2.

The Setting.
One fiscally solvent person in a welfare state, looks into what they are rewarded for and what they are punished for.

The Premise.
Slavishly following the perverse incentives of the welfare state and ceasing anything that is fined such as working, and going through any amount of paper-work and self-lowering in order to claim EVERYTHING.

2:34 pm  
Anonymous Dave Hill said...

Hello. You're silly.

3:09 pm  
Blogger Jarndyce said...

So, DFH, have you actually watched any of these programmes *yourself* or do you just cut-n-paste boilerplate shite from the usual sources? For starters, the Jewish traitor in high places isn't even a Jew, but a British MI6 agent formerly married to an Israeli killed in a suicide bus bombing. Of course, MI5 don't realise the baddies must be Jewish, but that they are so well trained they must be something other than the usual nutjob with a rucksack, and so perhaps Israeli.

And, anyway, in case you're not bright enough to clock it, this was *fiction*. It's a concept you may have heard of. After all, you spend an inordinate amount of time peddling it here.

3:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah but yeah but...Ken Loach's films are "fiction" too. Loach's films are heavy on political statements - almost always at the expense of entertainment.

You see, political messages can be delivered through the medium of fiction.

Hmm...the arch-villain of the piece was an Israeli and not a Muslim "nutjob with a rucksack"? That's all right then - no political message there. Obviously.

Suicide-bombing Christian fundamentalists? A Qur'an-reading Robin Hood?

What next? The armed wing of the Salvation Army declares a religious war against Quakers?

6:17 pm  
Anonymous JuliaM said...

"You see, political messages can be delivered through the medium of fiction."

Tsk, anon. Only the right political messages. You can't have just anyone using the BBC drama department as a propaganda tool, can you.....?

They have to be cleared by Commissar Jarndyce first.

6:32 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

So the tales and ballads of Robin Hood were all before 1550, and the printing press was invented in Germany a hundred years before. And they'd already got around to getting the koran out? Was it in English, or was Robin reading it, as is required by islam, in Arabic? So the printing presses in early 1500s England were equipped with the ability to print in Arabic? Learn something every day from the BBC!

7:25 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

Anticitizenone: I too have an idea for an episode!

Robin Hood was actually mohammed! Yes! All the Robin Hood tales are pre-1550 - but we don't know how far back they go. Maybe to 800! Mo took a break and decided to come to England, which, as an illiterate desert dweller, he had naturally heard of. He passed through all kinds of countries to get here - a different episode set in a different country every week, with mo' sorting everyone's problems out as he travels West. He has Aisha with him, and many people mistake her for his daughter, not his wife, given that she is only six. Oh, the merry laughter of misunderstandings and knock-about comedy! What a shame Frankie Howerd is no longer among us!

7:30 pm  
Blogger Jarndyce said...

They have to be cleared by Commissar Jarndyce first.

Ah, the irony. I'm not the one getting all worked up about the content of shitty BBC drama, after all.

the arch-villain of the piece was an Israeli and not a Muslim "nutjob with a rucksack"

Well, seeing as seceral episodes of Spooks feature a twist on al-Qaeda wanting to blow us all to hell, I'm guessing that the writers thought we might fancy it mixed up a bit. To get all hot and bothered about one or two episodes strikes me as a little, erm, obsessive.

And they'd already got around to getting the koran out?

Since at least one version of the tale has Robin crusading in the Holy Land, I don't think it beyond possibility that he read the Koran (though not as a "book" obviously). The first known translation into Latin was 1143; modern tales set Robin Hood in the 1190s. Him being entirely fictional, though, and as you imply, there being no real agreement on the "true" Robin Hood, does it matter? It's a story, and judging from the first 20 mins. of the first episode, which is all I saw, not an especially good one. I can't really comment further because unlike old DFH, I try to limit my TV reviews to stuff I've actually seen. That way I don't make stupid factual errors that make me look like a fraudulent twat in public.

9:18 pm  
Anonymous JuliaM said...

"Ah, the irony. I'm not the one getting all worked up about the content of shitty BBC drama, after all."

No, but you took the time to come & comment on a blog about how others were getting 'worked up'....

No trick or treat to keep you occupied tonight?

"To get all hot and bothered about one or two episodes strikes me as a little, erm, obsessive."

Not unlike trawling blogs to find out what ppl are saying about it....

9:37 pm  
Anonymous Northwing said...

The Beeb are at it again, peddling us their contrarian, inverse morality shit-for-sugar TV ready meals.

If you want to see postmodernism in action, watch the Beeb. They don't know truth from treason, they represent no one, and they stand for nothing.

It's not just impartiality that is the issue, it is their utter campness.

11:55 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

Commissar Jarndyce writes: "Since at least one version of the tale has Robin crusading in the Holy Land,...". Which version? Where did you find it?

Re the koran, so Robin Hood lolled around the oasis under a date palm reading a Latin version (of course, being from Nottingham in the 1100s, he was fluent in Latin. Wasn't everyone?) of the koran he had found down the local market on the second-hand scroll stall.

Q: Why?

Didn't they have any 'True Detective'? He was reduced to the koran?

(I'll bet that bugger took the nomme de guerre Omar Khyyham and wrote The Rubiyyat in Farsi at the same time. No wonder the Sheriff of Nottingham was pissed off when he himself couldn't even get a letter published in the local paper.)

Then Robin returned home, seasoned and wiser, and willed his djellabah to Mark Thompson, far, far into the future. I believe he came home the long way round, across the Pacific, and while in Japan (he spoke fluent Japanese and studied Zen for a few years), he penned the lyric to 'Imagine' which he left in a desk drawer which desk was bought 400 years later as an antique at the sojo by Yoko Ono. Small world!!

And please do tell us, Jarndyce, did Robin Hood read the koran in Arabic or Latin? What evidence do you have that he, unlike the entire population of Britain, save priests, could read anything, even his own name?

12:31 am  
Blogger AntiCitizenOne said...

I wonder when the BBC will get around to the central theme of Robin Hood.

i.e. somebody fighting against excessive taxation that is used not for the taxpayers benfit, but to fund a parasitic, arrogant and foreign political class.

5:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spooks is crap for the same reasons that Casualty/Holby City, Eastenders - and moving onto ITV - The Bill are all crap.

They constantly reinforce a peculiar liberal world view.

Islam - religion of peace, Power of nightmares etc etc etc. And hey presto along comes a bit of drama that just happens to confirm that.

Somehow dramas that dont go along with that...well somehow they just dont seem to make into production do they.

Casualty/Holby City could generate enough material for a blog targetting them just on their own - which Im sometimes tempted to do.

If one starts up - thatll be me!

5:16 pm  

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