Moral Maze

Moral Maze

Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories.

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  • Reality TV

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

    43 mins

    13 days remaining

    Michael Buerk is back from the jungle for the last in this series of the Moral Maze and so there can be only one subject – the morality of reality TV. Since appearing on our screens in the 1990's, most notably with Big Brother, "reality TV" has evolved into a global phenomenon with such a huge variety of programmes. Shows like the X-Factor and Strictly regularly top the ratings, but are they good for us?Studies show that reality TV fans are very conscious of the extent to which they are watching performances; audiences enjoy debating the merits of participants and often uphold social values and punish poor behavior. Does the seemingly unstoppable tide of reality TV reinforce or dilute society's moral fibre? The Moral Maze.

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  • Devolution

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

    44 mins

    6 days remaining

    It's been clear since the vote on Scottish independence that far from ending the question on devolution it was the start of a much bigger debate on how the country is run. How do we create a civic society in which people can flourish? Is there such a thing as too much democracy? Is devolving power a moral imperative that enables more people to be involved in making moral choices about the good society and how to create it? Or will increasing devolution fracture our nation of the common good? Do national institutions like the NHS bring more than just economic efficiencies? Are they a way of binding us in to a set of values beyond self-interest? By devolving power over fundamental core services are we just creating a system where people can not only express their local preferences, but their local prejudices?

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