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    Posted by Sam (U15466226) on Wednesday, 18th September 2013

    Here's an idea, if Rogue Traders believe they have enough evidence of fraud, why not confront said suspect with the police or Trading Standards, rather than a pointless confrontation that more often than not serves no purpose?

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Wednesday, 18th September 2013

    Watchdog is back I see. I have moaned ad nauseum about the appalling content and presentation of this joke of a programme over the seasons but yet again I subjected myself to a bit of it and found that nothing had changed whatsoever. Still the lame jokes, the same pathetic presenters and the ridiculous music. And AR seems to be turning into a wooden doll.

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    Posted by GaryB007 (U3895241) on Wednesday, 18th September 2013

    I recorded it and then watched most of it using the 30 sec jump button on the PVR. Still as inane as ever, and AR's arms made me feel rather queezy.

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    Posted by elwoodeneye (U10727501) on Wednesday, 18th September 2013

    Watchdog is back I see. I have moaned ad nauseum about the appalling content and presentation of this joke of a programme over the seasons but yet again I subjected myself to a bit of it and found that nothing had changed whatsoever. Still the lame jokes, the same pathetic presenters and the ridiculous music. And AR seems to be turning into a wooden doll.  it just shows that any comments on here are totally ignored by the bbc .

    rogue traders has continually been criticised , but nothing changes , as the OP said , it leaves the story being pretty pointless if no action is taken , surely tonight's case was worth referring to the authorities .

    It's such a shame , as the programme could be so worthwhile if presented in a more professional way .

    I must admit I was rather distracted by Anne - her mouth didn't seem to be working quite right tonight , as if her teeth were someone else's .

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    Posted by FlavaDave (U15695058) on Thursday, 19th September 2013

    I think you all should all leave Anne Robinson alone. Steer well clear. Just because she is on the television doesn't mean you can just say that she looks like a wooden top or that her arms made you sick.

    I think the one that used to be on Breakfast is the worst. He makes light of consumers woes by smiling at them and clapping in their ears at his own jokes. I'm not sure whether he writes them or someone else does. If someone else writes them then I think he should be fired.

    Rouge traders section used to be good and hilarious but now I just see it for what it is which was a man hiding from some bullying behind a sky dish on a balcony. When it was the two of them on the motorbike and they used to chase the rogue around it was more exciting. Can you bring that section back please.

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    Posted by olicana_man (U14156932) on Thursday, 19th September 2013

    What will the Police do?

    Far more fun watching them squirm and putting their faces up for all to see, including their families who probably think the world of them..

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    Posted by Monty Burns (U7868864) on Thursday, 19th September 2013

    rogue traders has continually been criticised , but nothing changes , as the OP said , it leaves the story being pretty pointless if no action is taken , surely tonight's case was worth referring to the authorities .
     


    Rogue Traders is rubbish and Matt Allwright has no place on any serious investigation. He should be more like Jeremy Vine and less like Jeremy Beadle. I always record the programme and fast forward through the dross, especially Allwright's contribution

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    Posted by majorcooltimberland (U1910963) on Thursday, 19th September 2013

    I am surprised so many watched Watchdog given all the moaning on this thread.
    I think everyone concerned with this show are brave to do it.I wouldn't do it how ever much the pay is.
    What does AR apperance have to do with her presesnting the show ..nothing.She does a good job.
    They all do......

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    Posted by Logans Run (U13830424) on Friday, 20th September 2013

    It seems to me that rogue traders have let down their viewing public down once again. The letting agent has done a runner and the vast money he owed by defrauding people has now vanished. This should have been handled by the police or trading standards.Its alright shaming people on camera but if you let them go without justice or recompense, what good is that?

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    Posted by SometimesInvisiblePoster (U9636067) on Friday, 20th September 2013


    Rouge traders section used to be good and hilarious
     

    When? I don't remember. It was really toe curling from the start, and is the reason we stopped watching Watchdog.

    Rogue Traders is rubbish and Matt Allwright has no place on any serious investigation.
     

    Agree 100%.

    Watchdog started out as quite a god consumer programme but degenerated into dumbed down farce. The powers that be totally underestimate the intelligence of their viewing public.

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    Posted by swillott (U13835085) on Friday, 20th September 2013

    They all do a goood job of presenting a programme that is a waste of time.
    As for calling AR 'wooden' that's a misnomer 'Plastic' is more accurate

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    Posted by philinlewes (U15845842) on Sunday, 22nd September 2013

    Totally agree about the noisy intrusive 'background music' which is used frequently when Annie or others do the 'coming up later' links. Can anyone explain the reason for this ? It does nothing but annoy and distract me from the subject. I suppose some smart whizz kid will say it adds to the program. Try at least one week without it and stop distracting us from what the presenters are saying. It seems to be a a repeating piece of around 5 seconds length. Guess that is what tinnitus is like !

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    Posted by Testcard (U1164920) on Sunday, 22nd September 2013

    When it was the two of them on the motorbike and they used to chase the rogue around it was more exciting. Can you bring that section back please.  Unlikely, as the other half of the leather-clad crime fighting duo was last heard of spending some time at Her Majesty's pleasure.

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    Posted by groovyoldwoman (U1679885) on Sunday, 22nd September 2013

    And we all know what will happen when they get the electric/gas high-ups on - they'll sit them in front of Ms Robinson and she'll stutter over her words thinking she's being all cutting edge with him and they won't get time to answer a single decent question.

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    Posted by FireChief (U14317872) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    Watching WD last night they were highlighting the large numbers of people STILL unaware of a recall of Hotpoint dishwashers prone to catching fire. The warnings were posted in the press.

    Surely the obvious way would be to print something on the boxes of washer tablets as the owners will probably be using them IN the machine at some point.
    Not everyone reads papers. Nearly all dishwasher owners use tablets or sachets.

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    Posted by elwoodeneye (U10727501) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    once again Rogue Traders highlighted some law breakers , serious ones in last night's case , but nothing was done about them .

    surely there was a case for referring it to the authorities , trading standards maybe - these jokers were playing with people's lives

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    Watching WD last night they were highlighting the large numbers of people STILL unaware of a recall of Hotpoint dishwashers prone to catching fire. The warnings were posted in the press.

    Surely the obvious way would be to print something on the boxes of washer tablets as the owners will probably be using them IN the machine at some point.
    Not everyone reads papers. Nearly all dishwasher owners use tablets or sachets. 
    I have a hotpoint dishwasher and had 2 letters but cannot find the model number on the machine. I have spoken twice to the Hotpoint helpline who were, shall we say, not in the least bit helpful.

    The model number was apparently on a small paper barcode in the machine where the door closes..... hmmm... water damage?

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    Posted by z4mster (U14864348) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013



    The model number was apparently on a small paper barcode in the machine where the door closes..... hmmm... water damage? 


    Does this help..?

    www.which.co.uk/news...

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    Posted by HoraceCoker (U14258478) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013


    Rouge traders section used to be good and hilarious
     

    When? I don't remember. It was really toe curling from the start, and is the reason we stopped watching Watchdog.

    Rogue Traders is rubbish and Matt Allwright has no place on any serious investigation.
     

    Agree 100%.

    Watchdog started out as quite a god consumer programme but degenerated into dumbed down farce. The powers that be totally underestimate the intelligence of their viewing public. 
    ...recall a husband and wife presenting this show back in the mists of time....she had a strong glaswegian accent....anyway it was quite hard hitting and took few prisoners....todays offering is ripe for a send up....its that pathetic...

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    Posted by purwil (U14677803) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013


    Rouge traders section used to be good and hilarious
     

    When? I don't remember. It was really toe curling from the start, and is the reason we stopped watching Watchdog.

    Rogue Traders is rubbish and Matt Allwright has no place on any serious investigation.
     

    Agree 100%.

    Watchdog started out as quite a god consumer programme but degenerated into dumbed down farce. The powers that be totally underestimate the intelligence of their viewing public. 
    ...recall a husband and wife presenting this show back in the mists of time....she had a strong glaswegian accent....anyway it was quite hard hitting and took few prisoners....todays offering is ripe for a send up....its that pathetic... 
    Do you mean John Stapleton and Lynne Faulds Wood? I have an idea that this was the period when the programme was most widely mocked.

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    Posted by Red Horizon (U1719289) on Friday, 4th October 2013

    Here's an idea, if Rogue Traders believe they have enough evidence of fraud, why not confront said suspect with the police or Trading Standards, rather than a pointless confrontation that more often than not serves no purpose?  But, don't such cases get referred to Rogue Traders in the first place where they take it up on behalf of the customer?

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Friday, 4th October 2013

    Here's an idea, if Rogue Traders believe they have enough evidence of fraud, why not confront said suspect with the police or Trading Standards, rather than a pointless confrontation that more often than not serves no purpose?  But, don't such cases get referred to Rogue Traders in the first place where they take it up on behalf of the customer?  Yep, the whole point of being a consumer champion.smiley - ok

    However , once it goes into farce mode then it's not Annie but Esther.

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by Red Horizon (U1719289) on Saturday, 5th October 2013

    Here's an idea, if Rogue Traders believe they have enough evidence of fraud, why not confront said suspect with the police or Trading Standards, rather than a pointless confrontation that more often than not serves no purpose?  But, don't such cases get referred to Rogue Traders in the first place where they take it up on behalf of the customer?  Yep, the whole point of being a consumer champion.smiley - ok

    However , once it goes into farce mode then it's not Annie but Esther.

    smiley - friedegg 
    I'll have you know that Esther achieved high-ratings in her day Egg, so, i don't think that's a good comparison you made there.

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    Posted by Pumpkin_Patch_Paul (U14565900) on Sunday, 6th October 2013

    Late to this thread.

    As I understand it all the evidence fom Rogue Traders can not be used in a court of law and the trading standards have to gather their own evidence using the same sort of sting tatics as rogue traders use, I think it is more of a case that Rouge Traders are following the trading standards people rather then leading them.

    I remember this from a follow up to a dodgy locksmith episode.

    And the guy got prison.

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    Posted by Maxibaby (U14151672) on Sunday, 6th October 2013


    Rouge traders section used to be good and hilarious
     

    When? I don't remember. It was really toe curling from the start, and is the reason we stopped watching Watchdog.

    Rogue Traders is rubbish and Matt Allwright has no place on any serious investigation.
     

    Agree 100%.

    Watchdog started out as quite a god consumer programme but degenerated into dumbed down farce. The powers that be totally underestimate the intelligence of their viewing public. 
    The producer of Watchdog was on Points of View today defending the programme's 'humourous approach'. I think there's a case for an item on this lady misrepresenting herself as someone who is fit to produce a serious consumer programme.

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    Posted by Tweeet (U15280056) on Monday, 7th October 2013

    Does anyone else think Matt Allright is morphing in to Harold Steptoe with the way he's dressing now.....last weeks episode was quite spooky smiley - laugh

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    Posted by Monty Burns (U7868864) on Monday, 7th October 2013

    Does anyone else think Matt Allright is morphing in to Harold Steptoe with the way he's dressing now..... 

    I only ever see Matt Allwright on x30 as I fast forward through his pointless contribution to the show

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    Posted by Tweeet (U15280056) on Monday, 7th October 2013

    Does anyone else think Matt Allright is morphing in to Harold Steptoe with the way he's dressing now..... 

    I only ever see Matt Allwright on x30 as I fast forward through his pointless contribution to the show 
    smiley - laugh

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    Posted by Hardback (U14170919) on Tuesday, 8th October 2013

    Yes thank god for PVRs so that I can speed through all the "Dross" to get to the tiny nuggets of information! This means the watchable show for me lasts about 8 minutes. and Rogue traders? Don't get me started!!! That female manager on the last POV believes the present format is exactly what we "GET" and not interested in the slightest what we want. The stock reply to any criticism on POV is you are wrong and we know best! I have also noticed lately, they "Pad" it out with a few long mostly pointless video clips to reduce the airtime for complaints.

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    Posted by LanzaTenor (U15851262) on Tuesday, 8th October 2013

    Does anyone else think Matt Allright is morphing in to Harold Steptoe with the way he's dressing now..... 

    I only ever see Matt Allwright on x30 as I fast forward through his pointless contribution to the show 
    I too fast forward through rogue traders, and how the Executive Producer had the gall to try and justify this trivia just amazes me.
    This woman needs to think how she would feel if she was the victim in one of these episodes

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    Posted by marinelilium (U8293024) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    Is anyone else out there getting as tired as I am of persistent interruption of the person asked a question as they strive to get three words out In response?

    Is this probing journalism, tenacious investigation or just plain rudeness and arrogance? Why ask a question if you don't want us to hear the answer.

    If the answer is waffle, obfuscating or nonsense then by all means challenge the reply but a lack of grace and basic courtesy can make the questioner appear the 'villain'. The calm, measured response of the CAA representative tonight, made the presenter appear badgering and boorish.

    We remind children it is rude to interrupt; am I alone in thinking adults persistently interrupting is worse or is this now socially acceptable and what passes for interview technique?

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    Posted by Chezzie (U1159267) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    Does anyone else think Matt Allright is morphing in to Harold Steptoe with the way he's dressing now.....last weeks episode was quite spooky smiley - laugh  Yes, I do!!

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    Posted by brawn23gp (U14180118) on Wednesday, 16th October 2013

    Can someone please tell me why Watchdog are obsessed with energy prices? The UK has some of the cheapest energy costs in Europe. Promoting Ed Miliband is far from impartial.

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    Posted by Sidney-SausagePants (U15436784) on Wednesday, 16th October 2013

    Watchdog respond to the viewers concerns, the viewers are contacting the show to express their unhappiness at escalating fuel bills.

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    Posted by brawn23gp (U14180118) on Wednesday, 16th October 2013

    Watchdog respond to the viewers concerns, the viewers are contacting the show to express their unhappiness at escalating fuel bills.  Doesn't mean that they can be ignorant of the fact that the UK has one of the cheapest energy costs in Europe.

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    Posted by st3ph3n (U13643748) on Wednesday, 16th October 2013



    The model number was apparently on a small paper barcode in the machine where the door closes..... hmmm... water damage? 


    Does this help..?

    www.which.co.uk/news... 
    Water damage ? ? My Hotpoint d/washer has 2 narrow plastic warning strips along the inside top of the door - one advising correct use of bottom basket and plastic / wood items. The second advises proper adjustment of the feet to square-up the door.
    Between these 2 strips is a smaller strip which still shows the model number and its serial number. ........ I bought it in May 1993 ... 21st birthday next year ! !
    Water damage ? Not really.

    A week or two ago, Watchdog was featuring packaging that was difficult to open. On the table I saw a bleach bottle which will have had a child-proof cap. A bit silly to show that in the item.

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    Posted by Sidney-SausagePants (U15436784) on Wednesday, 16th October 2013

    People in this country who are struggling to pay fuel bills are not really going to give a monkeys that its expensive elsewhere.

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    Posted by Drsdaughter (U12521046) on Thursday, 17th October 2013

    I caught a bit of "Watchdog" recently. I wouldn't want to watch a whole episode. Energy prices are going through the roof and I have a plan . No fancy energy guzzling gadgets, no needless gear upgrades, as basic a mobile phone as possible and rationing my time on the internet to a maximum level of an hour a day. I think that people will be tempted to remove half of the light bulbs that they have and follow the "money saving" tactics of the councils who turn lights off at midnight. If you have no bulbs you can save energy. I foresee millions of cash strapped families cutting back on essentials. There seems to be no end in encouraging the purchase of gadgets that require charging up and /or batteries. The situation is grim. Watchdog should be dealing with turbine huggers and solar farmers who are destroying our agricultural land by the acre and endangering life. What energy use will be generated by HS2, for instance? That gross project is electrically dependent. How is that going to "juiced up " if there are daily blackouts? A good question which "Watchdog" should ask. Getting the truth would be another matter entirely.

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    Posted by z4mster (U14864348) on Thursday, 17th October 2013

    Hidden  Well of course. It was idiotic of Ed Milliband to make that announcement. The consequences were inevitable and it will hit the most needy hardest, but that was the MO of the last Labour government of which he was a part.

    Unless he is counting on the electorate being dumb enough to blame it a on the current government in which case he is a genius.

    Anne Robinson's interview with the woman from E-on was just painful, especially as she tried, in the preamble, to make it seem like she was being evasive, on the question of their next price increase, when, clearly it was obviously pre-agreed that the question, if asked, would not be answered.

    Pitiful.

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    Posted by GaryB007 (U3895241) on Thursday, 17th October 2013

    Just watched last night's Watchdog, mostly using the 30 sec jump button. Good to see they've taken viewer feedback on board.

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    Posted by Semisatanic (U2611151) on Thursday, 17th October 2013

    Fake Britain is another load of garbage too.

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    Posted by FlavaDave (U15695058) on Thursday, 17th October 2013

    \W/smiley - dogID)
    Official Fan Club since 1976

    Over at the WD fan forum we've put together a small poem for to publish for the 50th year of watchdog and we thought it would be nice to share it on this forum to raise awareness of our forum.

    Watchdog; the show is pap
    Anne Robinson is like a stale egg mayo bap
    That one off Breakfast; he should just stop
    Spitting in guests faces and pretending to mop their feet with his suit jacket

    Watchdog; extend rogue traders
    To a full 45 like a long player
    Bring back the bike chases and guns; more fun
    Look out, yo; If you think Anne Robinson is funny when she winks then you should go join our fan club

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    Posted by Testcard (U1164920) on Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

    So where does Matt get his delightful tank tops? Are they available in the BBC Shop? If not, they should be.

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    Posted by MekWeDweet (U6718611) on Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

    When will the BBC stop treating the Rogues Traders slot as a joke? The subjects of these items are deadly serious to the people affected who must feel betrayed by such light-hearted jokey treatment given by Matt Allwright?

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    Posted by strictly_a_fan (U15891235) on Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

    Here's an idea, if Rogue Traders believe they have enough evidence of fraud, why not confront said suspect with the police or Trading Standards, rather than a pointless confrontation that more often than not serves no purpose?  I agree, showing up the odd 'rogue trader' may be ok for a laugh on tv but there is never any attempt at changing what actually allows these people to continue to rip people off. How about inviting a government representative onto the show, ask them to bring in some new laws or licensing that would see some of these crooks behind bars, rather than just speeding off in their flash cars. For every criminal you see on watchdog, there are thousands of others, doing exactly the same things, that will just continue to operate.

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