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Richard Bacon interviews the Duchess of York

Louisa Compton | 09:20 UK time, Friday, 14 August 2009

bacon_duchessofyork_main.jpgSarah, Duchess of York is talking to Richard from 10 this morning. She's spent ten days living on a deprived housing estate in Manchester to make a programme for ITV looking at so-called broken britain.

We'll talk to her about that documentary, what she thinks about the current row over the NHS and the media pressure on her daughters.

She's agreed to talk to us about anything apart from Princess Diana, Kate Middleton and what she thinks about the Queen. We'll ask her why those subjects are off-limits.

UPDATE: You can watch some of the highlights of Richard's interview with the Duchess of York below and listen to the whole programme in iPlayer.

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  • 1. At 09:46am on 14 Aug 2009, Nick Vinehill wrote:

    It should be politicians who've actually live on these deprived run down housing estates who should be on your programme highlighting the problems and solutions!

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  • 2. At 10:03am on 14 Aug 2009, laughingmarmalade wrote:

    Why do R5 do the same phone in topics on consecutive days - yesterday RB did the NHS, now Breakfast are doing the same phone in??????

    Must be a very slow news week with all these non-entities being interviewed this week.

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  • 3. At 10:07am on 14 Aug 2009, carrie wrote:

    She may have some good points to make. Why damn it before it is on air? As far as repeating subjects, I would rather have NHS and housing than the latest music or film release from a real non-entity or the latest twitter from the ubiquitous Lily Allen.

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  • 4. At 10:21am on 14 Aug 2009, zelda wrote:

    Shouldn't this interview have been done after we have seen the programme?

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  • 5. At 10:31am on 14 Aug 2009, zelda wrote:

    On reflection on this morning's offering, maybe this interview shouldn't have been done at all. It's fairly tedious.

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  • 6. At 10:43am on 14 Aug 2009, zelda wrote:

    she's agreed to talk to us about anything apart from Princess Diana, Kate Middleton and what she thinks about the Queen.

    but she just wont answer any questions about anything else either.

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  • 7. At 10:48am on 14 Aug 2009, SB1982 wrote:

    So far we have learnt that Sarah Ferguson despite spending most of her time in the US knows nothing about the most important issue of the day (and for many a day) there, healthcare. She knew next-to-nothing about UK obesity policy, despite it "being a cause she feels very passionate about".

    She doesn't want to and probably can't justify state subsidy of her family - she in fact complained when she was asked any semi-probing question. It's no wonder she enjoys the sycophantic style of the US media.

    She was totally ignorant of the facts in the neighbourhood where she recently shot her documentary, totally insensitive to the feelings of residents, and was even patronising and dismissive of those that called in supporting her.

    All she did was say "I strongly support" that cause or that community, or come out with pseudo intellectual comments about "staying true to who you are". She showed no understanding of the issues and challenges, let alone the solutions, related to the things she "cares so dearly about".

    To cap it all she complained about the interview, and the media in this country, but said she wouldn't swap her life/lifestyle if she had the opportunity. Very strange.

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  • 8. At 10:50am on 14 Aug 2009, poshbluey1 wrote:

    The interview with Sarah was poor, every time a difficult question was put - for example a listener asking her to comment on £300K spent on her daughters accommodation, she side stepped and Richard allowed her to!! Ditto £250K each daughter for security per annum!!
    Richard if you are a journalist you should ensure we get answers rather than fawn and flatter your guest - she's not your mate - more professionalism please.

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  • 9. At 10:57am on 14 Aug 2009, laughingmarmalade wrote:

    That's exactly why i switched channels, because Richard does fawn and grovel and she really has no idea about anything.

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  • 10. At 11:00am on 14 Aug 2009, jules_mick wrote:

    I have just listened to the interview with Sarah Ferguson conducted by Richard Bacon.
    I feel very sorry for the interviewer as he did an appalling job. She needed to be stood up to and challenged on a number of points. Can anyone give him the rest of the day off as he must feel sick.
    I am sure he will reflect and learn upon this. She made a very poor representation of herself.

    Keep up the good interviews 5 Live.

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  • 11. At 11:33am on 14 Aug 2009, Tempus Fugit wrote:

    Completely off-topic and almost certainly chauvenistic, possibly sexist (feminism? Pah!) but Fergie looks pretty hot in that pic above.


    Point being, my personal tastes in women aside, having listened to the interview one can't help thinking she should be seen and not heard.

    Was there anything of substance there? If so, it must have been in the seconds it took me to go to the kitchen, open the 'fridge, take a diet soft drink out and go back ot the lounge!

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  • 12. At 11:43am on 14 Aug 2009, DoubtingS wrote:

    Richard Bacon is a joke as an interviewer. Bring back Victoria.

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  • 13. At 7:16pm on 14 Aug 2009, saturdayfiasco wrote:

    I notice that on your small film clip you didn't show the very end where she gave the young gun BBC producers etc a good B******ING" .And well deserved too! Well done Fergi. You are worth ten of them.

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  • 14. At 06:42am on 15 Aug 2009, Tempus Fugit wrote:

    Further to my previous post, I'd just like to point out that the picture at the top has changed since I wrote it! That video clip wasn't there at the time, either!

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  • 15. At 09:21am on 15 Aug 2009, Nick Vinehill wrote:


    What makes you or any other listener think that Victoria or indeed any other BBC phone in presenter would have conducted this interview and phone in in any other way?

    Of course Richard Bacon 'fawned' and protected Ms Ferguson from having to answer awkward caller questions because his and his colleagues main task on such programmes is to justify the reason why such studio guests are there in the first place!

    This is not the first time that politicians or well-known personalities resort to these gimmicks. In this case the whole purpose of this item wasn't to address the issues relating to deprived housing estates but to present Ms Ferguson supposedly changing her wealthy lifestyle by living in a run down housing estate for a few days. It was all supposed to convey the notion that such people care and to instil into the gullible that well known personalities from public life have the answers according to who they are rather than finding collective political solutions!

    Incidentally, if you think that's an example of 'fawning' then you should listen to Richard's normal 2200hrs slot where arguments tend to get a bit more tense due to the time of day! Again not because he's a natural fawning presenter but because of the reason outlined above!

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  • 16. At 1:00pm on 15 Aug 2009, saturdayfiasco wrote:

    I'd only heard the very end of the programme yesterday but have since read about the main gist of what was going on. Oh deary me Fergie . You should know better by now than to get involved in anything like you have been, in a country that first and foremost thinks "why have YOU got what I haven't !! .....a losing battle etc.....

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  • 17. At 08:14am on 16 Aug 2009, Old_Leftie wrote:

    Re. Message #1. Actually, Michael Portillo did it. He took over a one parent family for a week or 10 days. I believe the experience changed him from being a rabid right-winger into a more thoughtful person.

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  • 18. At 08:36am on 16 Aug 2009, archicrooks wrote:

    I would have had more respect for Portilio had he not been paid to do that programme

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  • 19. At 10:11am on 16 Aug 2009, Nick Vinehill wrote:

    Old-Leftie: What makes you think Portillo is no longer a rabid right-winger?

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  • 20. At 10:40am on 17 Aug 2009, zelda wrote:

    Monday morning, another fatuous mornings listening by the sound of it. Breathing through your eye socket - how interesting! Text us with your inane 'freakshow' exploits. How old do you think the audience are? Get a grip.

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  • 21. At 5:57pm on 17 Aug 2009, The Great Gildersleeve wrote:

    Well said's interesting that no one is adding much to this blog that because there is not much interesting lined up to listen to? Or the lack of response from listeners shows it is not worth bothering with?

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  • 22. At 10:55pm on 17 Aug 2009, Curmy wrote:

    Judging by this morning's programme, about 13 Zelda !

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  • 23. At 09:01am on 18 Aug 2009, zelda wrote:

    Perhaps RB would be better off on BBC 7 on children's Big Toe Books.

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  • 24. At 09:12am on 18 Aug 2009, Tempus Fugit wrote:

    Back to the bedtime slot, Bacon! I never thought I'd ever yearn for Vicky D but...

    I'm sure she's having a lovely holiday but I hope she isn't moved to extend it!

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  • 25. At 09:35am on 18 Aug 2009, The Great Gildersleeve wrote:

    You wouldn't believe how he riled the BBC 7 listeners a few years ago when someone decided to use him as a continuity announcer for the Breakfast slot on mornings introducing The Goons etc...he went back into commercial radio...but then before we knew it he was back on Radio 5 and you know the rest.

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  • 26. At 09:48am on 18 Aug 2009, zelda wrote:

    I'd forgotten that stint Gilder, but then my mind does tend to blank out things that traumatise me!

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