Last night, I fell asleep as I sometimes do while listening to Radio 4, this usually entails waking up any time between 2am and 5am to the the BBC world service. Some of the pieces they do are quite interesting, though the BBC is trying to portray the UK to the rest of the world in terms of the much derided ‘Cool Britannia’ of Tony Blair fame.
However recently in the middle of the world service has started a bizarre series of programmes, that I, for the life of me, cannot workout who is the target audience, considering that it is going out on the same programming as the world service.
Is it schools programming so that teachers can pre-record for use in school or to show the world just how low we have sunk?
The programme that woke me up was a ‘yeah, lets get down with the kids ‘ ‘dance workshop’ (on radio !!!!!), with some over enthusiastic, distinctly right on presenter, going through the dance steps with electric organ in tow, of a ‘diversity style‘ dance step interspersed with ‘cool’ poses, and like wow, with four or even eight people the patterns of dance were limitless! I thought this was beyond dire, however I was not prepared for what came next.
I think it was the same person, but if not it was a clone, introduced a singing workshop based on the Greek legend of Persephone and Hades, where every night Hades would tempt Persephone with a feast to make her stay in the underworld.
And hey kids, guess what this ancient Greek feast was made up of ? Yeah Baby, groovy Pizza and meringue ! and sticky buns! and burgers!
This idiot trilled along about this high fat Greek feast for about ten minutes.
This is what the BBC is broadcasting to the world with your money, that Britain has real ‘street cred’.
This was not a dream, but it was certainly a nightmare.