Murray sails close to the wind again

If there is one thing that sums up all that is wrong with journalists today it is the kind of lazy article penned by Mr Murray (MW February 17).

I’m assuming he was just filling space because his deadline loomed and all he had handy to trigger the creative juices was the copy of Radio Times he uses to disguise his copy of the Beano he reads while at his desk. I didn’t read the full article, so whether he concluded the BBC had hit rock bottom based on more tangible evidence remains an unanswered question, but I bet he was mightily relieved the pay cheque arrived in time to pay his bills.

Unlike Mr Murray, I have watched some of these programmes – although not the flatulence episode – so I feel better qualified to judge whether it would have been “rock bottom” TV based on the general quality of other episodes. Frankly I doubt it. This series is in the same popular science vein that has always entertained and educated my children. For Mr Murray’s information, children love programmes about naughty and nasty subjects but these can be hooks on which learning is brought to those who would not dream of watching Horizon.

Nigel Boor

Stoehouse, Gloucestershire

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