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Eddie Mair | 14:13 UK time, Tuesday, 20 May 2008

On TV at the moment. Like this:


  • 1. At 2:27pm on 20 May 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Seen it! I like the bloke who does the voice-over. He sounds almost professional. Give the man a job!

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  • 2. At 2:29pm on 20 May 2008, Deepthought wrote:

    Ah ha, so this is the mythical trailer. Don't understand the bridge, though.

    Do you think the voice-over artist needed to have his autocue showing in the clip?

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  • 3. At 2:35pm on 20 May 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    Wondered how long ot would take :-) Have you got a link to it in the pm home page yet? Not that we ever look there.

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  • 4. At 2:50pm on 20 May 2008, Simon wrote:

    Also seen it. Like DeepT I don't get the point of the bridge and the concrete ramp. But I guess that's an inherent problem for a Radio show being advertised in a visual format. Unless it's a modern art 'installation', in which case I'm too stupid to comprehend the vast import of the artist's work and its subliminal meaning.

    How *DO* you portray a vocal form over a visual media? Stills shots of the studio and control booth during transmission perhaps? The stern, forceful interviewer; the sweat on the transfixed brow of the rabbit-in-a-headlight interviewee; the strained, pale-faced editor and assistant as the schedule gets cocked up bang in the middle of transmission; the adrenalin surge of the post-match GlassBox meeting; the sessions in the boozer afterwards?



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  • 5. At 2:58pm on 20 May 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    Great! - but what have they done to your voice though? It's been through a tone altering thingy...

    And if speculation on the visuals is allowed: BBC Radio 4 doesn't just 'fly over' the news...it is down there, at 'ground level' getting stuck in with...

    (And then there is the curious minds business!)


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  • 6. At 3:18pm on 20 May 2008, RJMolesworth wrote:

    But did you see the plankton man in the next clip. Now, he was really interesting. Click "more" at the end and you might see it. Unless it's been fixed.

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  • 7. At 3:26pm on 20 May 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Radio Four... crying out loud.

    Like DeepThough and WhiteRat, the first one I didn't get at all. A bridge and people walking. Listening to PM while going home?

    The Plankton Recorder was better, though it only has a little more to do with PM than the first one.

    I'd vote for the one in the middle. Captures the spirit of the programme perfectly.

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  • 8. At 3:51pm on 20 May 2008, steelpulse wrote:

    Radio Four and curious minds?

    Didn't curiousity kill some type of animal?

    Wasn't plankton though was it? ESP Eddie? Gordon Brown has missed that option so far. Think on, PM. Think on.

    Plankton and the sea - I do like to be beside myself - nice.

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  • 9. At 4:32pm on 20 May 2008, vainly_here wrote:

    My question is:

    Why did you make the "I'm here to answer your questions" recording on board the plankton ship?

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  • 10. At 4:40pm on 20 May 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Very postmodern and quasi-surreal, Eddie.

    (In other words, I don't understand it!)

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  • 11. At 4:55pm on 20 May 2008, Deepthought wrote:


    Is this bridge in fact the former A40(M) aka Westway?

    Still too post-modern for me, though.

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  • 12. At 4:58pm on 20 May 2008, Deepthought wrote:

    Second thoughts, probably not - no pedestrians on the A40(M) as was.

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  • 13. At 5:41pm on 20 May 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    My mother said "Oh! I wanted to see what he looked like". I've offered to show her the piccies on here but she avoids the PC wherever possible.

    To be honest Eric, your beautiful voice aside, I think it's um, well, rather, erm, dull. Sorry.

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  • 14. At 7:54pm on 20 May 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    *shouts* Humph! Humph! Come and look at this - marine research!! Skip the bizarre bridge thingy (but do have a chuckle at the nice man with the sardonic wit) and you'll feel right at home ;o)

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  • 15. At 10:57pm on 20 May 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    So When is ASK PM starting?

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  • 16. At 11:26pm on 20 May 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Is this an attempt to massage the listening figures, I wonder?

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  • 17. At 05:07am on 21 May 2008, eddiemair wrote:

    Stewart (15) as soon as we receive some videos!

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  • 18. At 08:37am on 21 May 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Big Sister (16):

    Offering to massage the listeners might be more popular!

    PM: Massaging your mind with the essential oils of news.

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  • 19. At 10:07am on 21 May 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    SSC: Mm, a point for Eddie to ponder? ;o)

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  • 20. At 10:42am on 21 May 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    SSC, is that strapline?

    Eddie, how can we beat that Ask PM video clip? I do photos but think I'll draw the line at videos!

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  • 21. At 10:56am on 21 May 2008, Humph wrote:

    Re Gillianian (14) Hmmm, so that is what a CTD (conductivity, temperature and depth) rig looks like. Not for me to look at tons of planks, but I will be using one of those next February to measure CO2 depth profiles in the Southern Ocean. I am hoping that the ocean will be as calm as that shown in the picture of the wake behind the ship but I somehow doubt it! :o(


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  • 22. At 1:17pm on 21 May 2008, annasee wrote:

    Um, it's a bit clever for me I think. All those weird "Interacting with..." type statements & repeating "Radio 4" so many times. I don't know why but I find it a bit irritating. Apart from the actual voice, of course! The text reminds me of the column in Private Eye ("Birtspeak" I think it's called) with all this jargon stuff which is meaningless to those outside the loop.

    And why the grim backdrop? What's wrong with an ironic take on the busy housewife cooking dinner in the chaotic kitchen, with Radio 4 on full blast, & the dulcet tones of Eddie miraculously restoring order to the kitchen - the boiled over food clears itself up, the burnt stuff gets unburnt etc - voiceover from Eddie - "PM at 5pm on Radio 4 - making sense of the days news, whatever's happened."

    OK, I'm sure it's not trendy, & you're probably not aiming for the housewife audience, but it's REAL & I understand it! (Like I said, it could be ironic!)

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  • 23. At 1:21pm on 21 May 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Stewart M (20):

    It could be a strapline if I could be bottomed to e-mail it in as such, but I'm so full of mid-week fish & chips lunch, I can't.

    PM: The fish supper of news, seasoned with the salt and vinegar of wit. But without the foul mushy peas of spin.

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  • 24. At 3:20pm on 21 May 2008, mygloriousleader wrote:

    incredibly close miked and compressed and you sound like Wogan.

    If offered vast sums to come up with a 'commercial' I'd have used a fixed camera on the guest chairs run at high speed to show how many guests you get through in a couple of weeks.

    A few other thoughts

    Radio 4 also available on DAB
    Radio 4 also available on Freeview channel dadidah
    Radio 4 also available on freesat channel dahdidah
    Radio 4 also available in white.

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  • 25. At 5:03pm on 21 May 2008, patmartin wrote:

    I assume that today's newsletter means that there is another football match tonight. I found a beer festival to go to on Saturday to avoid whatever match that was but don't suppose I'll find one tonight.
    Question: why are football matches always on a Wednesday night when most people want to watch The Bill. We switch on ready for an hour with Tony Stamp and get blokes running around in shorts. Why can't the share out the nights. Have football instead of Dr Who.
    Cheers, pat

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  • 26. At 10:50am on 22 May 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    patmartin: There's a beer festival on all week in Cambridge. I should know, as SO is there dishing out his brew ....

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  • 27. At 5:55pm on 22 May 2008, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    Big Sister @ 26, if he happens to meet the Deputy Chief Steward, he might cause a minor kafuffle by saying 'Auntie Chris says hi'. It would be good for the DCS, anyhow.

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