Fannying about at journalism

Western Mail reporter Hannah Jones needed to pad out her story about Andrew Davies’ upcoming project, so she called on rent-a-quote smut campaigner John Beyer.

Predictably, he didn’t like the idea of adapting erotic classic Fanny Hill for the small screen. Also predictably, his words were grindingly dull and predictable. So much so that we have decided to try to liven them up by making a little exercise out of them.

Fill in the blanks with the correct words:

I think it’s a _____ (bugger / pity / fact) that broadcasters are considering screening this. The BBC especially, as a public service broadcaster, has a duty to its viewers and people expect high _____ (standards / jumps / sex).

I just wish that television bosses would do a bit more to promote good levels of _____ (taste and decency / Morcambe and Wise / S and M) rather than trawling around for controversial programmes which will get them _____ (awards / hard ons / headlines) but will offend many of the _____ (viewers / horses / twats).

3 Responses to “Fannying about at journalism”

  1. Dan Factor says:

    Beyer is so predictable. I think he may find that viewers outside his clique of repressed prudes will be a little less hung up about such erotic fair on TV.
    And if viewers are “offended” by it they dont have to watch. Beyer still cant get his head round the power of the remote control.

  2. Andrew Nixon says:

    You really would have thought some enterprising TV repair man would have cottoned onto Beyer et al’s problems and offered them some sort of bulk deal to fix their obviously broken TVs.

  3. Shaun Hollingworth says:


    I am beginning to think that anything Massah Beyer publicly condemns has got to be worth watching… I bet I am not alone in this!