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The One Show Team | 15:30 UK time, Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Pet Shop Boys

Adrian and Christine were joined in the studio by the Pet Shop Boys.

With a general election just around the corner, Anita Rani travelled to Blackpool to ask whether prisoners should have the right to vote.

A quarter of independent record stores have closed in the past year. In the era of the digital download, Phil Tufnell wondered what will become of the independent record shop as we know it.

The One Show's astronomer Mark Thompson found out about the amount of man-made space junk which remains in orbit.

All this week, Dan Snow's been looking into Britain's gory past. Tonight, he dished the dirt on punishment.

Also: Christine's in training to water-ski across the English Channel for Sport Relief.
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  • 1. At 6:03pm on 17 Feb 2010, Anthony wrote:

    Ooo man made space junk! That's probably bits of old helmet and things!

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  • 2. At 6:41pm on 17 Feb 2010, Danedweller wrote:

    Great, the Pet Shop Boys. Will Christine say how much she loves them?

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  • 3. At 7:13pm on 17 Feb 2010, Tina wrote:

    Does Adrian have a problem with his eyes? He is getting nearer & nearer to the auto cue he's almost off of his seat.

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  • 4. At 7:17pm on 17 Feb 2010, BobGeezer wrote:

    Please can Adrian get some contact lenses, or get them corrected?

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  • 5. At 7:20pm on 17 Feb 2010, cashleypoledancer wrote:

    Christine, space junk is a serious matter.

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  • 6. At 7:22pm on 17 Feb 2010, caroc-1 wrote:

    I want to know if it was the Pet Shop Boys I passed in Westbourne Car Park last year, or were they very good look-a-likes?

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  • 7. At 7:23pm on 17 Feb 2010, Black5 wrote:

    I normally cannot be diverted from watching the One Show, often with grandchildren. But I'm reviewingmy opinion of the programme. I have to ask 'what are you playing at this week?'
    At 7 o'clock in half-term week we've had lurid details of disembowelling, torture and beheading.
    A few minutes ago in a piece about voting, we're presented with details of a young child being raped and murdered by her uncle. This sort of stuff can't be right at this time of night.
    Come on, show some consideration for your family audience and think about the effect of this stuff on young children just before thier bedtime.

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  • 8. At 7:26pm on 17 Feb 2010, Christine wrote:

    Please tell Dan Snow that Stansted Mountfitchett is in Essex not Hertfordshire!

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  • 9. At 7:28pm on 17 Feb 2010, cashleypoledancer wrote:

    I cannot take any more of this silly 'Wonder Woman' nonsense.

    A brief mention of Sports Relief would be fine, but the thought of this Wonder Woman piece every night until late March is too much to contemplate.

    Please TOS and Christine, desist!

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  • 10. At 7:31pm on 17 Feb 2010, Danedweller wrote:

    Millions of pieces of space junk floating around in space with nobody taking responsibility, whilst a mother gets fined £50 because her child dropped a piece of banana form its pram. I need to go into a dark room and meditate on what is the biggest crime.

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  • 11. At 7:33pm on 17 Feb 2010, Danedweller wrote:


    Definitely look-a-likes.

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  • 12. At 7:35pm on 17 Feb 2010, flunklumpard wrote:

    The prisoners right to vote piece has got the bloggers going on the other blog. Interesting to note that just about everyone is against giving them that right, but we will not get a say in the issue.

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  • 13. At 7:36pm on 17 Feb 2010, Perry Neeham wrote:

    What is the point of having two presenters who are just acting as talking heads during other filler peices? Did we find out much about the Pet Shop Boys apart from the near miss with space junk? NO!

    Why would the average watching public feel any reason to be interested in space junk?

    We pay for the tv licence, so our suggestion would be either just retain a voiceover artist to host the thing or give the presenters more to do to earn their corn.

    Sort it out Auntie! Despite best attempts at dumbing down, we're not all thick. My wife for one has said she'd rather watch dulux dry and will always turn over in future.

    Not one of the better shows.

    We feel that what we're paying for is substandard, when you consider its prime time viewing - on tonights showing, at least.

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  • 14. At 7:42pm on 17 Feb 2010, Abel - The Spanking Writers wrote:

    Loved Dan Snow with his whip. Very hot!

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  • 15. At 7:44pm on 17 Feb 2010, flunklumpard wrote:

    #2 Danedweller

    No big love for the PSB at all.

    The Pet Shop Boys come across as a decent pair of coves.

    Christine seems to be on giggling pills the past few nights and if the photos of her at the Brits are anything to go by it's not just on TOS.

    Can't understand why people are complaining about the history pieces, let alone the prisoners voting rights. Sadly, all part of real life, whether 7 0'clock or 10 o'clock.

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  • 16. At 7:56pm on 17 Feb 2010, Ian wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 17. At 7:57pm on 17 Feb 2010, Danedweller wrote:

    #15 flunk

    Sorry you missed my irony!

    Someone is in love, hence all the giggles, a hormone is exploding at the moment, hopefully it won't go off in the studio.

    I agree a bit of a over reaction on the history piece. Let's face it, the same kids probably are watching scarey episodes of Dr Who on a Saturday night.

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  • 18. At 8:03pm on 17 Feb 2010, flunklumpard wrote:

    17 Danedweller

    No. I did realise you were being ironic.

    Loved Adrians jeans tonight. Great show.

    In love? She wasn't with me last night!

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  • 19. At 8:14pm on 17 Feb 2010, Danedweller wrote:

    Oh those jeans are fab, but I do object to the positioning of the legs some nights.

    You didn't get a look in last night, with all those football mascots in the studio I am sure there was one there that pulled.

    Fab, fab show tonight. We had one and a half Pet Shop Boys, one who spoke and one who was partially dumb, but the hat and glasses spoke for him, nit wit.

    I will have another sleepless night looking forward to tomorrow, how will I survive?

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  • 20. At 8:18pm on 17 Feb 2010, flunklumpard wrote:

    14 Abel

    Steady, big boy.

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  • 21. At 8:50pm on 17 Feb 2010, elaine wrote:

    NO WAY NO VOTE they should lose everything when they have broken the law LIFE SHOULD MEAN LIFE THEY DON'T THINK OF THE VICTIM OR THE FAMILY OF THE VICTIM

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  • 22. At 8:51pm on 17 Feb 2010, flunklumpard wrote:

    Well the prisoners vote thing really did get the other blog going, but everything else just died.


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  • 23. At 8:55pm on 17 Feb 2010, shelly wrote:

    Can somebody tell me or does anybody know where Christine's top/dress came from on tonight's show? Tis fab.

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  • 24. At 9:06pm on 17 Feb 2010, Ian wrote:

    Hi All

    i'm pretty sure that if NASA made space travel available to travelling
    metal merchants we'd be non the wiser

    no more space junk!!!

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  • 25. At 9:06pm on 17 Feb 2010, William wrote:

    In the UK, why? Prisoners are meant to be understanding what they've done wrong rather than voting.

    "June's daughter was murdered."

    Doesn't sound great.

    What kind of politicians want to be voted for by murderers?

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  • 26. At 9:24pm on 17 Feb 2010, sky_viewer wrote:

    Neil Tennant was a good guest as usual.

    Re Phil's piece on the record shop (enjoyed his and the two Davids' comments on the experience of those nostalgic days) - it would be interesting if Phil were to do a piece on the progression through time of the equipment (from record player to music centre to hi-fi system). The turntable part of the music centres of the late 70s were beautiful (horizontal) creations before they gave way to the (vertical) hi-fi systems.

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  • 27. At 10:16pm on 17 Feb 2010, bill smith wrote:

    "Campaigners have stepped up their efforts to give sentenced prisoners the right to vote in this year's general election.

    The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) and Unlock, the national association of reformed offenders, believe the ban on prisoners being allowed to vote is incompatible with modern democracy.

    It may even breach the European Convention on Human Rights, they argue, as the government drags its feet on eventually allowing some sentenced prisoners to vote".

    "People are sent to prison to lose their liberty not their identity," PRT director Juliet Lyon said".

    It would appear that the above quote from an article on the politics.co.uk website give a clue of why Anita went to Blackpool

    (...Blackpool? why Blackpool, I wonder? ....probably a better measure of the national temperature on this issue than, say Cleethorpes or Middle Wallop, I suppose...or maybe its just where her Mum lives)

    to research this matter.

    All you can do is swallow your rage, and accept that the proponents of the hero-worship of Adolf Hitler in the 1930's have decendents in their woolly, misguided and ludicrous liberality, who are still with us in the current age. If a certain group of people are able to dream up issues likely to inflame and antagonise their peers, then there is always a group somewhere who will do it.

    It would seem a challenge for anyone to dream up a more pointedly anti-social and foolish cause, than to set a red-herring swimming on an issue of such unbounded irrelevance, on the back of some perceived 'breach' of Human Rights!

    Take heart, dear blogger! There are, and always will be, people among us who will espouse the daftest of causes, and which fly in the face of common sense and reason. However, to the saner of us, once a person has been convicted and imprisoned, then they have by definition forfeited their privilege to any further participation in society for the duration.

    To argue to the contrary is both offensive and spurious, and an insult to those of us on the outside who remain law-abiding.

    Lets hope that we hear no more of this foolishness, but I am sure that we will if the "Human Rights" industry have any say in it.......

    I expect they will ally themselves with the race lobby who will doubtless find an instance of some moslem inmate-bomber with a perceived axe to grind about his disenfranchisement, .........ignoring the liklihood that his only real aim is actually the violent overthrow of the society he wants to participate in by voting!!

    Now THAT's what's "incompatible with modern democracy", don't you think?

    Nice bit of irony there, methinks.

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  • 28. At 10:51pm on 17 Feb 2010, Selena wrote:

    I was horrified to find the show getting their facts wrong. While I love that our tiny village castle was mentioned and shown on the programme I was horrified that they said Mountfitchet Castle was in Hertfordshire. Being from Stansted Mountfitchet witht eh castle in the village I know full well that it is in fact in Essex. Lets hope the BBC admit their mistake on this one.

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  • 29. At 00:26am on 18 Feb 2010, melvin wrote:

    seems that my comment regarding Adrian speaking rather softly has not been published - no problem with Christine - love the show.

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  • 30. At 10:17am on 18 Feb 2010, CurlyWurly31 wrote:

    The One Show's astronomer Mark Thompson found out about the amount of man-made space junk which remains in orbit..... can anyone tell me the name of the music they were playing with this clip? It's been driving me mad! I was humming it all night - even got my brother and sisters at it but no joy!

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  • 31. At 10:52am on 18 Feb 2010, KCC660 wrote:

    The One Show is a great show but I don't get to see it as often as I would like. Glad to see Adrians' beard is back. We don't want beardists as the BBC. Keep it Adrian.

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  • 32. At 3:48pm on 18 Feb 2010, Suzie wrote:

    I shall never look at a shooting star ever again with the same inocence and awe. As now I have the knowledge that it could be a container of astronaut waste produce!!!! Great!

    Amazing however that not only are we determined to ruin the Earth with our own waste products, we are now allowing governments to shoot sewage and other horrendously expensive objects at the only home everyone on this planet has!!!

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  • 33. At 4:23pm on 18 Feb 2010, Anthony wrote:

    I think the best thing to do about the space rubbish is to construct a giant tennis style net (probably in France) and hoist it up on telescopic poles! It would obviously have to be quite big but it would keep them occupied and out of mischief trying to put it up.

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  • 34. At 5:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, Danedweller wrote:


    Matalan. Buy one get one free.

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  • 35. At 5:24pm on 18 Feb 2010, Anthony wrote:

    Haha I'm pretty sure it didn't! Christine always looks lovely, there must be a huge wardrobe somewhere with all her old dresses in!

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  • 36. At 6:02pm on 18 Feb 2010, sky_viewer wrote:

    Re 30: CurlyWurly31 - it was Telstar by The Tornados (1962).

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  • 37. At 12:05pm on 19 Feb 2010, skeeterfrog5120 wrote:

    I love The One Show, but everytime I watch it I can't help but notice how uncomfortable Christine and Adrian look on that sofa! I have never seen two presenters fidget so much, lean in what looks like awkward positions and give the impression the camera or autoque is a bit far way. Is the camera so small that the pair of them have to squeeze into a certain fraa size and that's why they look like they are almost sitting on top of each other? Think they deserve a more comfy sofa...... loos very upright and narrow!

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  • 38. At 11:53pm on 20 Feb 2010, Pamela Kavanagh wrote:

    I really liked the discussion on how purchasing music has changed and the demise of "record shops". I like being able to access a song or album instantly from itunes but one major disadvantage is you can't read the album sleeve notes to know whos played what or whos produced the album. I feel there should be an option to download sleeves.

    Pet shop boys my highlight moment is watching them launch mtv russia with go west alongside Army of Lovers.

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  • 39. At 1:47pm on 22 Feb 2010, CurlyWurly31 wrote:

    No. 36 - thank you for your help!

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