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Too many talking heads!

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    Posted by faymouse (U15499840) on Monday, 12th November 2012

    Much or all of my viewing of documentary programmes on the BBC only... are ruined by talking heads hogging the screen 90% of the time when the spoken word is all that is needed. Television is a visual medium not a showcase for so called 'stars' to jabber in our faces.
    As a pensioner on limited income I much resent the fat pay packets of these nonentities who spoil my vision, take them off and lets go back to the format of talking is to be heard only, we can then mute it.. and leave us to enjoy the visual part ourselves. Recent instances where I gave up viewing was the documentary on Buckingham Palace... so many beautiful things to be seen if you could see past the presenter or weren't given views of HER wafting from room to room.... a news reader...... don't even remember her name...

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    Posted by dave (U2043922) on Monday, 12th November 2012

    I've got to agree. Most documentaries are now presented by 'celebs' and they are on the screen for more time than the topic. Some people seem to think we all watch for them and not the topic.

    How many times do we need to see them staring into the distance whilst the camera spins around them, or travelling the world to read one line of script ? smiley - erm

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    Posted by pennyork (U13858151) on Thursday, 15th November 2012

    Much or all of my viewing of documentary programmes on the BBC only... are ruined by talking heads hogging the screen 90% of the time when the spoken word is all that is needed. Television is a visual medium not a showcase for so called 'stars' to jabber in our faces.
    As a pensioner on limited income I much resent the fat pay packets of these nonentities who spoil my vision, take them off and lets go back to the format of talking is to be heard only, we can then mute it.. and leave us to enjoy the visual part ourselves. Recent instances where I gave up viewing was the documentary on Buckingham Palace... so many beautiful things to be seen if you could see past the presenter or weren't given views of HER wafting from room to room.... a news reader...... don't even remember her name... 
    Totally agree with you.

    Can someone explain why we have so many weather forecast readers. I cannot understand for the life of me why we need them at all, yet what really baffles me is why we need the forecast twice in succession .At the end of watching the national news we are forwarded to our regional news room which ends with the regional weather forecast. Two minutes later we are forwarded onto the London newsroom to be given the national weather forecast; This is insanity. I really object to my licence fee being squandered in this way. And I doubly object to them swanning off to Ascot and other prestigious venues to give us the forecast - talk about getting well in with the right people at the top! In this digital age we can get the weather forecast by clicking the remote control a couple of times. These people are a waste of time and our money.
    Time for a clear out.

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    Posted by Nick Brighton (U4274084) on Thursday, 15th November 2012

    Much or all of my viewing of documentary programmes on the BBC only... are ruined by talking heads hogging the screen 90% of the time when the spoken word is all that is needed. Television is a visual medium not a showcase for so called 'stars' to jabber in our faces.
    As a pensioner on limited income I much resent the fat pay packets of these nonentities who spoil my vision, take them off and lets go back to the format of talking is to be heard only, we can then mute it.. and leave us to enjoy the visual part ourselves. Recent instances where I gave up viewing was the documentary on Buckingham Palace... so many beautiful things to be seen if you could see past the presenter or weren't given views of HER wafting from room to room.... a news reader...... don't even remember her name... 
    Totally agree with you.

    Can someone explain why we have so many weather forecast readers. I cannot understand for the life of me why we need them at all, yet what really baffles me is why we need the forecast twice in succession .At the end of watching the national news we are forwarded to our regional news room which ends with the regional weather forecast. Two minutes later we are forwarded onto the London newsroom to be given the national weather forecast; This is insanity. I really object to my licence fee being squandered in this way. And I doubly object to them swanning off to Ascot and other prestigious venues to give us the forecast - talk about getting well in with the right people at the top! In this digital age we can get the weather forecast by clicking the remote control a couple of times. These people are a waste of time and our money.
    Time for a clear out. 

    I suppose they give you your local weather because you live there then the national weather incase you may be travelling somewhere else

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    Posted by Anignig (U13352042) on Thursday, 15th November 2012

    I have to agree too. For me it's got so bad I find now I rarely watch documentaries any more because it feels as if 90% is focussed on the presenter - feet, face, walking, admiration and exclamations. And all the time I'm thinking "why can't I see it for myself?" There's usually a clue in the title - if it's (name of someone) with the subject secondary I don't bother. Even that excellent series on Rome was spoiled by this even though the presenter was very interesting - the trouble is it wasn't her I wanted to see.

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    Posted by Bethgem (U14263559) on Thursday, 15th November 2012

    I totally agree with all this.

    We will never get the answer as to why documentaries are made that way though. Maybe something to do with the producers' personal choice, whatever.

    I hardly watch them now, because as soon as there is a case of bad presentation, with talking heads, background musical noises, other noises over narration, then I switch over or off. Good topics in them but they are hard to watch.

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    Posted by Jan-Ann (U14322193) on Friday, 16th November 2012

    I have to agree too. For me it's got so bad I find now I rarely watch documentaries any more because it feels as if 90% is focussed on the presenter - feet, face, walking, admiration and exclamations. And all the time I'm thinking "why can't I see it for myself?" There's usually a clue in the title - if it's (name of someone) with the subject secondary I don't bother. Even that excellent series on Rome was spoiled by this even though the presenter was very interesting - the trouble is it wasn't her I wanted to see.   Spot on.

    The series(can't even remember its name), sort of prehistoric autopsy, when they built up life size models of Neandertal and other early men, there was loads of interesting info on screen, but again and again, you saw that info for a couple of seconds, only to have to gaze into the eyes or face of presenter or scientist again. It was infuriating. I was telling the TV to stop it...

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) ** on Friday, 16th November 2012

    I agree, I'm just watching 60 years of Sir D and if memory serves me correct he let the camera do the talking and only showed himself when it was required.The documentary etc should be the star, not it's presenter.

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