|I just want to hear the music....|
Tonight on BBC 1 (Bank Holiday Monday) the BBC made its annual trip north of the border for the Edinburgh Tattoo, now I don't know about you but usually when there are a number of excellent massed and unusual bands playing, it's a good idea if we can actually hear the music, possibly using a caption for any information such as the title of the tune and the name of the band, the subtle interjection of the chocolate voice belonging to Tom Fleming is also OK by me because Tom knew how to keep silent when it mattered, sadly Tom has departed this life and the mic has been passed down to one verbose Iain Anderson.
Clearly Mr Anderson, is under the cosh as it were and forced to read a banal unfunny script aimed at a mental age of seven, no five... everytime a band struck up, the music faded and Mr Anderson fills the airways with a mixture of cod humour and meaningless gut -wrenching statistics. You can tell he is uncomfortable reading the script and to make matters worse the director, a Mr John Smith (could be an alias perhaps?) compounds the nonsense with a series of rapid cuts, it then dawned on me the director was cutting the visuals to the music, in the manner of a pop video!
But we cannot hear the music, as our boy Anderson is in full vocal prattle about some obscure fun fact and totally oblivious to the music underneath his dulcet tones. At one point the mash-up became so silly we both just sat transfixed grinning at each other! Intricate sword dancing and we are treated to long shots, mass precision marching and we are treated to big close ups....
I then had a brain wave and hit the red button, surely John Smith (fine Scottish name, Laddie!) had put a clean non prattle feed on the red button? ....No such luck so a flip back to the mash-up.
Having gabbled all the way through, repeated the same fun facts several times over (the bloody long horns to, be exact!) Anderson believes in value for money and in the closing moments then makes a gushing OTT tribute to the late Tom Fleming, poetry and all.
Shame both the director and announcer didn't listen, study and watch a few of the lateTom Flemings treatments in previous years, clearly less is more.
Perhaps this is the start of what the BBC Director General (also at Edinburgh) means when he says the existing high priced talent will be let go (start with Graham Norton please!) and replaced by far cheaper Northern faces and voices?
The BBC is moving most of its programming to Salford near Machester (known as the Gun, Crime and Gang capital of the UK!) might not be needed as most of us will have punched and blacked out the TV in frustration!
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