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Jonathan Meades on Jargon

In this provocative television essay, writer and broadcaster Jonathan Meades turns his forensic gaze on that modern phenomenon that drives us all up the wall - jargon.

In this provocative television essay, writer and broadcaster Jonathan Meades turns his forensic gaze on that modern phenomenon that drives us all up the wall - jargon. In a wide-ranging programme he dissects politics, the law, football commentary, business, the arts, tabloid-speak and management consultancy to show how jargon is used to cover up, confuse and generally keep us in the dark.

He contrasts this with the world of slang, which unlike jargon actually gets to the heart of whatever it's talking about even if it does offend along the way. With plenty of what is called 'strong language', Meades pulls no punches in slaying the dragon of jargon.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 28 May 2018 03:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:05

    The Bonzo Dog Band

    Music For Head Ballet

  • 00:07

    Susumu Yokota

    Traveller In The Wonderland

  • 00:09

    F.R. David

    Words

  • 00:12

    The Bonzo Dog Band

    Mr Apollo

  • 00:14

    George Frideric Handel

    Sarabande

  • 00:14

    George Frideric Handel

    Sarabande: End Title

  • 00:15

    Susumu Yokota

    Merrygoround

  • 00:19

    Baden Powell

    Samba Triste

  • 00:20

    Susumu Yokota

    I Close The Door Upon Myself

  • 00:22

    Susumu Yokota

    Strma A Uzka

  • 00:23

    Astor Piazzolla

    Soledad

  • 00:25

    Cockeral Chorus

    Nice One Cyril

  • 00:25

    Swingfly

    Winner

  • 00:26

    London Music Works

    Match of The Day

  • 00:27

    Owen Money and Lloyd Davies

    We Love The Six Nations

  • 00:29

    The England World Cup Squad

    Back Home

  • 00:32

    Astor Piazzolla

    Nuevo Tango

  • 00:40

    Tony Hatch

    A Latin Happening

  • 00:29

    The Farm

    All Together Now

  • 00:43

    The Bonzo Dog Band

    Kama Sutra

  • 00:44

    The Tony Hatch Orchestra

    The Champions

  • 00:50

    The Bonzo Dog Band

    Humanoid Boogie

  • 00:53

    Underworld

    Twist

  • 00:57

    Purcell

    March From Music On The Death of Queen Mary

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jonathan Meades
Executive Producer Janet Lee
Director Francis Hanly

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