BBC Question Time - does it need to change?

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I posted a wee rant on the QT Commentary thread https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/question-time-commentary.222767/post-8530355. In which I posited that QT currently is dull and Dimbleby needs to go, as do the production team.

You, dear reader, may agree or not with that so let's hear your thoughts.

Does it need to change, yes or no and if yes how?

Who should be the presenter: Dimbleby, he is ok, or someone else?

I think Dimbers needs to go and be replaced with a younger, more thrusting presenter not scared of the panellists.

The obvious ones are Andrew Neil and Jeremy Paxton but really they are near the end of their career. Let's have a younger, braver presenter wishing to make a name for themselves, but please, not of the Snowflake generation.

I would like to see Julia Hartley Brewer as presenter, some of the LBC ppradio presenters who are not afraid of ripping a new one for politicians.

Who would you, dear Arrseratti, like to see in the QT hot seat?
 

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I posted a wee rant on the QT Commentary thread https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/question-time-commentary.222767/post-8530355. In which I posited that QT currently is dull and Dimbleby needs to go, as do the production team.

You, dear reader, may agree or not with that so let's hear your thoughts.

Does it need to change, yes or no and if yes how?

Who should be the presenter: Dimbleby, he is ok, or someone else?

I think Dimbers needs to go and be replaced with a younger, more thrusting presenter not scared of the panellists.

The obvious ones are Andrew Neil and Jeremy Paxton but really they are near the end of their career. Let's have a younger, braver presenter wishing to make a name for themselves, but please, not of the Snowflake generation.

I would like to see Julia Hartley Brewer as presenter, some of the LBC ppradio presenters who are not afraid of ripping a new one for politicians.

Who would you, dear Arrseratti, like to see in the QT hot seat?
I'll be honest and say I'm genuinely surprised they've not turned it into an X-Factor style phone voting line where the worst answers get voted off the show.

I'd watch that just for the humiliation of them.

Want to engage the yoof? That's the way to do it.
 
#3
It's predictable and just full of sound bites, the only redeeming quality is when they get a real thicko on the panel that you can watch them squirming at difficult questions

Julia would make a good presenter agreed, and she is (*cough*) easy on the eye
 
#4
Owen Jones? :smile:

Seriously, you’re right about Dimbleby, but it’s not just the organ grinder that needs replacing. The production team needs to have a serious rethink about the monkeys (panelists).
The old system of a Politician from the two major parties, plus another couple of MPs from the fringe parties (Lib Dem, SNP, Green, UKIP) etc, plus a serious 5th panelist (journalist or broadcaster, from either side of the political spectrum), used to work well.
What has gone seriously wrong over the years is the lack of any ‘big beasts’ from Westminster appearing (particularly from the Tory side) and the introduction of ‘celebrity’ no marks, usually flying their Socialist credentials, in order (I assume) to appeal to a wider audience. It isn’t working BBC - all you have done is isolate many of your core viewers, who no longer tune in.
Finally, the regular appearance on the panel of Labour ‘stalwarts’ such as Thornberry, Long-Bailey and Rayner is a turn off - it’s like listening to a stuck record.
One chink of light for me, is the BBC seems to have finally got the balance of the audience right over the past few months - about bloody time.
I would definitely approve of Andrew Neil as the main man and will continue watching, despite the drastic tail off in quality and content.
 

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It's predictable and just full of sound bites, the only redeeming quality is when they get a real thicko on the panel that you can watch them squirming at difficult questions

Julia would make a good presenter agreed, and she is (*cough*) easy on the eye
I agree with your post but don't understand the 'dislike' you gave my opening post. This is not a request to remove as I don't mind the icon, just confused about why it is there.
 
#7
As a showcase programme where the public can question policy and opinion makers it's now a very flimsy programme with little depth.
If it's to be retained (and I think it's format and pedigree is definitely worth it) it needs a thorough makeover, Dimbleby, guest selection and, I suspect, guiding hands from the production team - or even BBC in general - which push their own agendas (anti Brexit?) need to go.
Interesting observation from @slipperman - some of the audiences have been quite a revelation. Whether this has been by design or, more likely, natural selection I hope it's noted where it matters.
Woke up/started watching last night and thought it was the Emily Thornberry show (made a constant noise but said little) - how was she allowed to go on, unchallenged? Think the audience had her sussed, they, and therefore us, deserve better.

And yes, Julia H-B would be excellent.
 
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Agree with slipperman, for the most part. Common sense really.
New presenter?
Andrew Neil 1st choice
2nd......
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Job.
He would put the cat amongst the pigeons.
 
#10
Nick Ferrari from LBC could give pi55 poor MP's a hard time.
dumbers is well past his Best by date.
also stop announcing Abbapotomus week after week,not a hope in hell of it being allowed unsupervised outings. she would drink/eat the Green room including fixtures and fittings
 
#11
Trouble with a lot of it is whichever party they represent they have to stick to the mantra/doctrine of the day. Nobody seems keen to give an actual position and everything has to be prefaced with an apology. The comedians are invariably left wing and often offer very little and the media types seem to be a box ticking exercise. There should be a wild card panelist from the public every week.

saying all that I'm not sure why I watch it anyhow we all know Claire Balding will end up doing it, she does everything else.
 
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Seems that Dimbers irritates all viewers in equal measure, dependent on their political leanings? So from that perspective he's doing what he's paid for, so leave him where he is. The notion that Brewer would bring anything other than her right of centre views makes her a non starter, as the BBC has to at least appear moderately impartial. The same would apply to any left of centre presenter, such as Jones, who can never resist letting all and sundry know his "right on" credentials. Unless of course most people want the QT debates to become echo chambers, that reflect solely their own angry views, i doubt anyone will be satisfied With Dimbleby's replacement, should it happen!?

That said, i gave up watching QT as there is absolutely no common ground now. Those who attend the show seem more than happy to be lied to by self serving politicians, who in turn, like it that way. So for me, any serious debate has gone out of the window amidst the static and acrimony, post Brexit referendum.
 
#15
I want Maitlis.
 
#16
Clare Boring needs dumping from a great height, she fucked up the Winter Olympics, she fucked up the Commonwealth Games. The only thing she knows about is horses..and she should **** off back there.
 
#17
She might let Sandi Toksvig take the reins (SWIDT) for a while as she seems to be popping up more often than is palatable. If she does then her shadow Susan Calman will be on the panel.
That pair of umpa lumpas are down as the next match of the day presenters in the name of equality and all that.
 
#18
You may jest but have you seen many male presenters on telly lately..apart from David Attenborough doing voice overs.
 
#20
Dan Walker.

If QT gets boring we can get onto goal of the month.
They will get down on each other, fur burger munching between games.
 

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