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The Execution of Gary Glitter Channel 4 9pm

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CaptainUnderpants Mon 09-Nov-09 20:54:54

Have just seen this that this drama is on tonight.

a drama where the death penalty has benen brought back and Gary Glitter is to be hanged.

I feel slightly taken back that they are using a rela life perosn as subjevt fo this , no matter how vile his crimes are a fiind it a bit disturbing.

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CaptainUnderpants Mon 09-Nov-09 20:56:12

Sorry some bad typos there - no matter how vile his crimes are - to use a real life person as subject of this I find disturbing.

RubysReturn Mon 09-Nov-09 20:56:41

I find it hard to worry about his rights tbh.

I'm sure you are right ethically, but he and his crimes are so awful

kormaAAAARRRRGGHHchameleon Mon 09-Nov-09 20:57:43

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Curiousmama Mon 09-Nov-09 20:59:52

Yes agree quite vile. Although maybe if he'd abused my child I may think differently? Television just gets more bizarre IMO.

CaptainUnderpants Mon 09-Nov-09 21:01:33

I am not worried about his rights - dont get me wrong there , its just the thought of s living person being used as subject of a drama like this.

On the other hand the writers have done this as a thought provoking exercise .

Flamebat Mon 09-Nov-09 21:05:39

I agree. Can't quite put my finger on why it feels wrong, but it does...

sassy Mon 09-Nov-09 21:09:45

I imagine the programme makers have had to pay him in order to use his name. Vile that he is profitting from his crimes, if so.

thelunar66 Mon 09-Nov-09 21:10:31

That bloke who is playing GG looks scarily like the real thing!

RubysReturn Mon 09-Nov-09 21:11:31

I suppose there have been lots of dramas about living politicians -

SolidGoldBangers Mon 09-Nov-09 21:13:18

I find this worrying and disturbing as well. Given that Gary Glitter unquestionably did bad things, but there are surely far more suitable candidates for such a story - like people who actually killed someone for their jollies. This sounds like rather nasty and pointless sensationalism for the sake of it.

RubysReturn Mon 09-Nov-09 21:15:51

I think the fact he was famous as an entertainer made people feel they 'knew' him and make the story more dramatic than an abstract concept.

CaptainUnderpants Mon 09-Nov-09 21:21:04

I dont think it is because he is famous that makes it disturbing , it is because this is a real person who is going to be executed.

ReneRusso Mon 09-Nov-09 21:26:38

Using a real person who has been convicted of real crimes makes it more thought provoking. If it was totally made up then it would be easier to detach rather than think of the real consequences of the death penalty.

RubysReturn Mon 09-Nov-09 21:34:18

Surely no more bizarre than other dramatic concepts - what would the world be like if Hitler had lived etc

I'm not in favour of death penalty, but it is a piece of drama

AitchTwoToTangOh Mon 09-Nov-09 22:06:32

it's a disgrace, imo, cannot believe it got past the commissioning process. he's not committing a crime by just living quietly, it's an extraordinary invasion. and yes, he's a beast etc but we do not, as it happens, parade our beasts on primetime tv in fictionalised accounts of their death. how vile.

TAFKAAAAAARGHtheUrbanDryad Mon 09-Nov-09 22:37:49

I watched it.

I kind of wish I hadn't.

biscuit

thelunar66 Mon 09-Nov-09 22:39:01

Anything i watch/read to do with death penalty disturbs me. I wish I hadn't seen it. sad

InterruptingKid Mon 09-Nov-09 22:41:13

HOW did they get away with this?
terrible

PoptyPing Mon 09-Nov-09 22:45:07

Charlie Brooker's tweets on this are hilarious

''A repulsive act that flies in the face of our natural instinct' also describes Glitter's 70s performances'

'We find the defendant... implausible'

'I don't want to sound sensationalist, but I think this might be the product of a society in hopeless freefall'

'Wait for the bit where Glitter hears the remix of his music. That's the point my mind started trying to kick its way out of my head.'

FrameyMcFrame Mon 09-Nov-09 22:55:42

I just watched it
biscuit
at least we still have charlie brooker
I think I might go and live in New Zealand now.

saintmaybe Mon 09-Nov-09 23:04:14

I think there are programmes like this because there's a reliably large audience of people who like watching things about child sexual abuse and this is a 'respectable' way to do it.

RubysReturn Tue 10-Nov-09 07:46:29

I did think it was more about the dreadful spin off effects of a death penalty than about child abuse. I could seriously imagine viral marketing and a 'market' in memorabilila.

I hear lots of people who would support a death penalty for certain crimes, maybe this will make them ponder on what it would actually mean.

Dramatically more effective than some 'abstract' terrorist.

mamadiva Tue 10-Nov-09 08:21:32

I actually thought it was well done.

I watched it with 3 people who think the death penalty would solve all our problems, after watching this every one of them seriously re thought because when he was hung even the campaigners were silenced and it did'nt do anyone any good.

Hopefully it will make people realise that the DP is NOT agood thing! Only thing I thought was missing at the end was some American stats to show how much the DP actually fails in America because they still have rapists, paedo's, murderers etc.

IMO The only thing that ca help in this country is tough prisons ad American style sentencing (as in if you kill a family you will do 200 years type thing) basically life is life and make them work bloody hard, feed them enough to keep them alive and well and basic ammenities. A lot more people would be worried about that I reckon!

gorionine Tue 10-Nov-09 12:07:47

I watched it and like TAFKAAA, wish I had not. It was distubing. I think what made me feel very uneasy is the fact that it was a real character
(although played by an actor).I really had to repeat to myself all the way through that it was just a fiction.

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