Your comments on TV and radio
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)
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)