Dimbleby’s silencing on The One Show sums up the mindless programme perfectly

David Dimbleby on The One Show
Steve Topple

Former Question Time host David Dimbleby used to get flack over butting-in when his guests were speaking. Sadly for him, the shoe was on the other foot on Tuesday 6 September. As a host royally shut him down on The One Show.

You can’t say THAT, Dimbleby!

Kevin Pascoe tweeted a clip from the show. It shows Dimbleby going on one about the Tory government. He wasn’t happy with how its handling the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Dimbleby said:

There are places where it may be done better. Germany seems to be handling it much, much better in a more kind-of considered and disciplined way, and listening to what’s said. We seem to be just all over the place, here. And I think it’s the government’s fault, myself. Because I think they began badly, and they’ve gone on badly. And they’re floundering, and I feel sorry for them, actually

But someone was clearly screaming in guest host and ex-footballer Jermaine Jenas’ earpiece. Because he quickly shut Dimbleby down:

we don’t really want to get into that.

Ouch. Jenas left people on Twitter unhappy:

So, Dimbleby being silenced when trying to make a political point is certainly ironic. But there’s a bigger problem with Jenas shutting him down.

True to BBC form

The One Show is one of the most-viewed programmes on TV. Over 3.5 million people watched it on 22 September. But it’s also problematic. Jack Bernhardt wrote for the Guardian in 2017 that:

In some ways it’s the perfect flagship for BBC1 – in trying to be a show for everyone all the time, it ends up being a show for no one.

It tends to put a cuddly sheen on politics. Who can forget Theresa May’s husband admitting he takes the bins out?

And that’s the problem. The One Show was chatting about bins with the PM and her husband – in the middle of the 2017 general election campaign. By reducing politics to mindless chat about household chores, The One Show is doing a disservice to its viewers.

And by shutting down Dimbleby, it’s doing the same thing again. Its 3.5 million viewers deserve better. But it’s the BBC. So really – we shouldn’t expect anything less.

Featured image via BBC iPlayer – screengrab

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    1. Jenas seems desperate to please his new masters. Sad boy. Dimbleby seems to have waited a little too long to come out as a human being after being a loyal zombie for the Corporation in grateful nepotism for most of his life. End the TV Tax. Let the State pay for its propaganda. Maybe Jenas has a million pound paycheque in his sites and some sort of royal gong. Sad boy.

    2. As someone who doesn’t watch tv or listen to the bbc I found this fascinating. The talentless find homes with Goebbels HQ it seems. Thank goodness for RT & Aljezeera on line !!
      It seems thousands are cancelling their TV licences. When my deceased mother’s free one lapsed I was told I needed one. I told them however, to FO. It seems they’re loosing £ Miliions.
      Alex Belfield on youtube is a great source of lively entertainment on the beeb & much else ! I recommend him.

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