Subway Diet wrote:Mainstream TV seems hesitant to sound critical of anything the government does, or tries to be as apolitical as possible.
In which case, I'd have bolded the first part of the statement. I'm sure there's some argument for hearing "both sides", but that's the apparently the thing about the BBC. It's not left or right, it just seems to wobble in the centre.Wrathbone wrote:Subway Diet wrote:Mainstream TV seems hesitant to sound critical of anything the government does, or tries to be as apolitical as possible.
That last bit is absolutely not the current case with the BBC, who employ Tory hacks such as Laura Kuenssberg to spread malicious lies about Jeremy Corbyn. The amount of misinformation the BBC has lumped on him is pretty shocking.
DjchunKfunK wrote:We have never really had an equivalent of the Daily Show. All the current political satire shows right now in the US are run by people who used to be on the Daily Show, so part of it is that we don't have that breeding ground on TV.
It's also very much down to our TV system over here. Sky is never going to commission that type of show, what with it being owned by Murdock, the BBC is nowhere near brave enough now due to the political climate and the pressure on the license fee, ITV has never really gone into that area which leave Channel 4. They used to be the shining light, but again they are a very different broadcaster now. Stuff like Brass Eye would never be picked up by them nowadays.
Raid wrote:It's frustrating that we don't have anything with the same level of research as Last Week Tonight, where they focus on one topic and go into quite a lot of depth. I binge watched every single one of their Youtube videos last year, and they're both hilarious and terrifying, if obviously very US-centric. There was more scathing satire on Brexit from LWT (they did two stories on it) than we got in the UK from what I remember.
I loved The Thick of It too, but while it's very similar to Yes Minister (one of my favourite sitcoms), the fact that it's fictional means it doesn't really qualify as satirical for me.
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