Not that long ago, if you wanted any kind of political satire, Have I Got News For You was your lot. There’s no denying it’s a good series, but it’s a far cry from the heady days of Spitting Image. These days panel shows rule the roost – mainly because they are cheap and cheerful to produce.
There’s nothing wrong with panel shows. They tend to be sharp, to the point and full of witty one-liners. It’s just that we have so many of them.
Step forward 10 O’Clock Live. many critics have rubbished the new series – saying that it’s too shouty, it’s too brash and even that it’s a ‘lads’ show. But it’s practically the only up-beat show about politics that deals with relevant and current issues which are close to people’s hearts. It keeps news and political events fresh.
Everyone knows that apathy is rife in the UK – particularly when you mention the dirty ‘P’ word. But if there’s one thing that 10 0’Clock Live proves, is that politics doesn’t have to be boring.
I just hope that now it’s made it on to our screens, it stays around for a while. For the alternative is Newsnight, and it beats that hands down every time.
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