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doinmummy Sun 14-Oct-12 15:53:59

Did anyone see this? Did anyone find it as cringeworthy as me?
The audience obvioulsy found the 'jokes' unfunny and even one of the panelists said how unfunny the topics were.

SHRIIIEEEKPoolingBearBlood Sun 14-Oct-12 15:55:52

no I didn't but am I right in guessing the topic was jimmy saville?

doinmummy Sun 14-Oct-12 16:01:56

Yes it was. they were also talking about Abu Hamza...there was a deathly silence when poor Clare Balding read out one joke about him.

I cant decide whether it's Ok for these subjects to be included in a comedy programme or not..... Hmmmm no, just doesn't sit right with me.

SHRIIIEEEKPoolingBearBlood Sun 14-Oct-12 16:07:12

I think it is, sorry. Ikwym, but JS deserves a good ridicule.
Did either of them mention the show transcript when he was a guest?

doinmummy Sun 14-Oct-12 16:23:27

Yes they said it was false

tribpot Sun 14-Oct-12 16:37:57

There's been a thread running about it in Chat.

doinmummy Sun 14-Oct-12 17:22:44

Oh yes thankyou

wintera Sun 14-Oct-12 17:30:22

I thought the Jimmy Saville stuff was handled really well and thought Claire Balding was great. I did however gasp when she did the Abu Hamza quip though. Couldn't believe they'd left that in!

doinmummy Sun 14-Oct-12 17:31:41

Yes very awkward, but she was only reading from a script.

tribpot Sun 14-Oct-12 17:42:38

A lot of it was awkward, almost as if the producers thought 'we're going to get savaged for this episode if we put the Saville stuff in, so what the hell'. Whilst I didn't think the Abu Hamza joke was funny, I think it was worth saying because he deserves contempt. I don't think the joke was intended in any way to make light of 9/11 or its victims, quite the reverse. Likewise the Justin Lee Collins joke was intended to skewer him, not make light of his abuse.

LineRunner Sun 14-Oct-12 17:45:12

The Abu Hamza joke was to remind us that he is suspected of being party to that particular atrocity, I reckon. I have always admired HIGNFY so will give it the benefit of the doubt.

Clare Balding was excellent.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 14-Oct-12 19:37:26

I thought the episode was good, given the subject matter in the news this week. They have to keep it to whatever is topical and if they hadn't mentioned JS then That would have looked phoney and cowardly.

given that, they handled it well.

tribpot Sun 14-Oct-12 20:20:03

I think Mock the Week basically avoided the Saville story. They were more compelled by wanting to set the record straight for themselves, rather than commenting on it as a new story. Which I think is reasonable.

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