Category Archives: Media

The end of all-male panels on the BBC?

Quick trivia question: What connects Richard Osman, Dan Snow and Mark Steel? They’re the last all-male line-up of guests on Have I Got News For You, if Danny Cohen delivers on his promise: “We’re not going to have panel shows on any more with no women on them. You can’t do that. It’s not acceptable.” […]

Gender bias on Have I Got News For You – updated

I was reminded about this by a Twitter conversation this morning, and realised that I hadn’t updated my spreadsheet about the gender of guests on Have I Got News For You since the last series ended. That the last series was pretty underwhelming may have had something to do with it, but if you’re the […]

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It’s October 1977. I’m five years old, and on the TV screen a virus is growing into something much much bigger than a virus has any right to be, and a professor is introducing his robot dog. The Invisible Enemy is that month’s slice of Doctor Who, but the reason I mention it is because […]

On Doctor Who, stories and ‘canon’

(Or, ‘Nick’s writing complicated posts about Doctor Who again, so look away now if you’re only here for the politics) First up, if you haven’t already, go read Teatime Brutality’s post ‘Canon and sheep shit: Why we fight‘ which explains why there’s no such thing as a Doctor Who ‘canon’. Second, if you haven’t seen […]

Some thoughts on Peter Capaldi

I wrote on a forum a couple of weeks ago, when the first rumours about Peter Capaldi becoming the Doctor that “I’d love it to be Capaldi, but I don’t think we live in an awesome enough universe for that to happen.” Obviously, I was wrong and the universe remains an awesome and wonderful place […]

Me, elsewhere

You can see my summer reading choices at Liberal England.

In memory of Mel Smith

Possibly the only Alas Smith and Jones sketch to involve Colchester: Related PostsWorth Reading 104: The guns of Victory Video: Colchester Comedy Festival launch On being Newsjacked Worth Reading 64: Troughton to the power of Colin Baker

On political stereotypes and Doctor Who

YouGov have done a survey asking people their opinions about Doctor Who and what characteristics they want to see in the next Doctor. As politics and Doctor Who are two of this blog’s continuing obsessions, I couldn’t resist writing about it – and this post becomes even more ‘my entire blogging history in one post’ […]

The Have I Got News For You gender bias spreadsheet

I haven’t been doing weekly posts about it this series, but I am keeping the HIGNFY gender bias spreadsheet updated – you’ll normally find the updated version of it available on that link by Saturday lunchtime after a show. The problem is finding something new to say about it after every show, when the figures […]

Have I Got News For You returns – and so does my gender bias spreadsheet

As the new series of HIGNFY started on Friday, I’ve updated the spreadsheet I created last year about the gender of guests. You can find it by clicking here, and I’ll endeavour to update it every week during this series. The overall figures remain pretty much as they did through last year – overall 23.49% […]