Talk­back

Your com­ments on TV and ra­dio

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TALK­ING BACK

Su­san Art­ner and Reg Fowles it­er­ate valid points ( Talk­back, Oc­to­ber 20) re­gard­ing the clash of the tim­ing of the few and far-be­tween pro­grammes that are worth watch­ing.

But do the pro­gram­mers ever read Talk­back and if so, do they ever take any no­tice?

If not, what is the point of Talk­back, other than for view­ers to feel slightly bet­ter know­ing there are other peo­ple who are on the same wave­length? Clare Dud­ley (Coro­man­del) Talk­back re­sponds: Talk­back is fre­quently a con­duit be­tween view­ers and the TV net­works, but we also like to think of our­selves as a valu­able ther­a­peu­tic ser­vice to read­ers.

THE GOOD FIGHT

Cli­mate change is the big­gest and most des­per­ately ur­gent news ever, so please could we hear more about it on RNZ bul­letins?

In­stead of fo­cus­ing on stock-market fluc­tu­a­tions and the price of milk, how about telling the sto­ries of heroic, far-sighted busi­nesses, farmers and cit­i­zens min­imis­ing their car­bon foot­print and work­ing for pos­i­tive change? Oth­ers might then fol­low suit. Jo­ce­lyn Har­ris (Dunedin)

OB­JEC­TION­ABLE OB­SES­SIONS

I am dis­gusted by TV news’ ob­ses­sion with mur­der and ac­ci­dents. Ev­ery evening, we are con­fronted with pic­tures of po­lice tape, talk­ing heads of re­porter and po­lice, and some­times the oc­ca­sional eye­wit­ness thrown in for good mea­sure.

There is not one iota of in­for­ma­tion for the wider pub­lic that war­rants such ex­ten­sive cov­er­age. It merely turns the tragedy of those di­rectly in­volved into en­ter­tain­ment. Peter Kamm­ler (Wark­worth)

KIT AND CABOODLE

I com­mis­er­ate with Neil Keat­ing ( Talk­back, Oc­to­ber 27) about the no-show of Up­start Crow. Sea­son three is Ben El­ton at his best, with com­men­tary on con­tem­po­rary is­sues, a Kit Mar­lowe twist and the loss of Ham­net.

For­tu­nately, the episodes are out there if you look hard enough. But it does seem sad that free-to-air tele­vi­sion can’t find a spot for the series amid the plethora of Mas­ter Cake Chef Bak­ing

Off On A Run­way to Sur­viv­ing On An Is­land Home Makeover pro­grammes.

For fun with Shake­speare’s comedic tropes, an episode of In­side No 9 (Steve Pem­ber­ton and Reece Shear­smith), called Zanz­ibar, is def­i­nitely worth a look. Writ­ten in iambic pen­tame­ter, it was broad­cast in the UK early this year. Paul Kelly (Palmer­ston North)

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