Your com­ments on TV and ra­dio

New Zealand Listener - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT -


Fol­low­ing the var­i­ous com­ments about poor dic­tion on both RNZ and tele­vi­sion, the cen­tral ques­tion is: how is it go­ing to change? In a cul­ture where “near enough is good enough”, who will seize pole po­si­tion and change the wide­spread lapses?

Oth­er­wise, we will be stuck with “par­dies” and ­“com­pud­ers” and ­fluc­tu­at­ing vowel sounds and near un­in­tel­li­gi­ble speech for the fu­ture. Paul Tankard ­( Talk­back, Septem­ber 2) has re­ally started some­thing, but who is go­ing to fin­ish it?

Tr­ish Bishop (Hamil­ton) IN JEOP­ARDY

When can we ex­pect the next se­ries of Jeop­ardy! (Prime) back on our screens, please?

Jil­lian Scan­drett (Christchurch)

Talk­back re­sponds: Prime tells us that Jeop­ardy! will be back later this year, but there are re­peat screen­ings on week­day morn­ings at 9.50am.


I agree with Pat White­head and Alas­dair Aber­nethy ( Talk­back, Septem­ber 30) re­gard­ing the re­place­ment of The Celebrity Chase by Tip­ping Point Lucky Stars. And now TVNZ 1 has bumped week­day re­peats of The Chase back by 30 min­utes to fit in a re­peat screen­ing of Seven Sharp be­fore the mid­day news. If I wanted to watch this, I would view it at 7pm. I don’t think it war­rants a re­peat screen­ing.

Speak­ing of the mid­day news, what’s with the new set, with its dis­tract­ing noise, mov­ing peo­ple and flick­er­ing screens in the back­ground? Not an im­prove­ment.

San­dra Gately (Rich­mond, Nel­son) WORLD NEWS

I agree with Su­san Re­ber­gen ( Talk­back, October 7) about the poor in­ter­na­tional news cov­er­age by TVNZ 1 and Three. I as­sume she does not have ac­cess to Sky, be­cause there are eight over­seas news chan­nels avail­able there, in­clud­ing BBC, Al Jazeera, RT, CGTN, Sky News, and three US sta­tions, Fox, CNN and CNBC.

Alan Mil­ton (Cam­bridge) HAL­CYON DAZE

Why only one se­ries of The Hal­cyon (Prime)? The end­ing of the last episode, in which the ho­tel was bombed, was un­sat­is­fac­tory, and sev­eral loose ends needed to be joined to­gether.

Brian Collins (Aro Val­ley, Welling­ton)

Talk­back re­sponds: The WWII drama rated quite well in the UK and its pro­duc­ers had plans for five sea­sons – one for ev­ery year of the war – so it was a sur­prise when ITV de­cided not to re­new. Pro­duc­tion com­pany Left Bank has been hunt­ing for a new home for The Hal­cyon, but its op­tion pe­riod on the ac­tors is run­ning out.

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