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Jenny
1212845.  Tue Nov 22, 2016 6:50 pm Reply with quote

Good point :-)

 
'yorz
1212859.  Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:10 am Reply with quote

On the other hand, this series Alan doesn't seem to go on and on repeating something that has elicited laughs. It used to annoy me.
And yes, Sandi is good. A seamless transfer.

 
crissdee
1212881.  Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:54 am Reply with quote

As briefly discussed over tea and cake at the Wellcome collection, Sandi is as good a replacement as we could possibly have hoped for. Just enough of her own style without changing a winning formula.

 
dr.bob
1212884.  Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:02 am Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
If she's not careful she too will become a National Treasure.


I think you're too late on that one. She must certainly already qualify.

I've really enjoyed this series and think there's a definite change in the mood of the show. Whereas Stephen was happy to let discussions wander off topic at random*, Sandi seems much better at keeping the show mostly on track and moving things along briskly, packing in lots more interesting facts.

Also the interactions with the guests seem generally more enthused and animated. I don't know if this is simply the result of a new host bringing more excitement and energy to the show that a veteran of 13 series would be hard pushed to keep up, but I definitely think it shows a noticeable improvement.


*Which was not always a bad thing, to be fair

 
PDR
1212889.  Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:11 am Reply with quote

Sandi is the Chancellor if my most recent alma mater, so OF COURSE she is already a Treasure.

:0)

PDR

 
Zziggy
1212914.  Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:52 am Reply with quote

I must agree, Sandi is excellent in the chair. I was initially skeptical, but she has proven me hugely wrong :)

It's perhaps early for such potential blasphemy, but I think she might actually be a bit better than Stephen. Of course he was fantastic in the chair, but I sometimes felt he had a tendency to shut guests down, particularly new ones, who might be a bit nervous, or ones who were talking about something that Stephen didn't know (or want to know) much about (my mind goes to him telling Cariad Lloyd to 'shut up!' when she was talking about the clitoris). I think so far the show seems a lot more ... open? with Sandi as host. It's good :)

 
PDR
1212918.  Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:13 am Reply with quote

Zziggy wrote:
talking about the clitoris


SHUT UP!!!

PDR

 
Bondee
1212945.  Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:15 pm Reply with quote

Zziggy wrote:
It's perhaps early for such potential blasphemy, but I think she might actually be a bit better than Stephen.


Not by a long shot.

 
Zziggy
1212947.  Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:27 pm Reply with quote

Ooh, fellow heretics! Let's form a breakaway sect. With matching jackets. And jetpacks.

 
Spud McLaren
1212949.  Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:34 pm Reply with quote

Zziggy wrote:
Let's form a breakaway sect. With matching jackets.
Tweed?

 
Spud McLaren
1212951.  Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:35 pm Reply with quote

As opposed to t'weed, which you can actually use to make cloth.

 
sally carr
1213005.  Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:24 pm Reply with quote

For a smoking jacket perhaps?

 
PDR
1213015.  Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:52 am Reply with quote

The other day I caught the stare
Of Sally Car, who wasn't there.
But now she's posted here today
I do so hope she's back to stay!

Good to see you around again Sal!

PDR


Last edited by PDR on Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:02 am; edited 1 time in total

 
dr.bob
1213033.  Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:36 am Reply with quote

Zziggy wrote:
I think so far the show seems a lot more ... open? with Sandi as host. It's good :)


Yeah, that's definitely a sense of a change of mood that I get from the new series.

Having been to a few of the recordings this year as well, I can report that the atmosphere in the studio was very different as well. Whereas Stephen would come out and sit behind the desk to crack a few jokes and introduce the guests, Sandi came out and walked up and down in front of the audience. A small, but significant, difference*

She also made a point of bringing out the elf responsible for that recording's script so they could take a bow, and there was a wee "general ignorance" game with the audience before the guests came out to get everyone in the right mood.



*Before anyone says it, that is not a description of Sandi herself.

 
PDR
1213074.  Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:06 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
As opposed to t'weed, which you can actually use to make cloth.


Surely "t'weed" would mean either:

1. Those people who have recently urinated.
2. That portion of society who are usually unrinated upon as opposed to those who do the uninating (who would presumably be the "wee-ers" in this context) - hopefully in a metaphorical rather than literal sense.

PDR

 

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