Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Get it right, for fuck's sake!

Dear BBC,

I've just watched the
David Tennant episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Allow me to correct some glaring errors.

1. Ulster has never had a majority Protestant population.

2. The border does not divide Ulster from the rest of Ireland.

Let's make it really simple. Ulster and Northern Ireland are not the same thing. There are six counties in N.I., nine in Ulster. Six. Nine. Quite a big difference.

Given that it was a factual historical programme, don't you think that you should perhaps made some effort to get your historical facts straight?

For fuck's sake.


That David Tennant?


Liking the beard. (That flickey hairstyle isn't quite hiding the receding forehead, mind...)

Perhaps he can appease his conscience over the evil deeds of his sash-wearing forbears by having his wicked Protestant way with a young innocent Fenian lass?


  • Thank you! the Ulster/NI thing drives me mad too

    but I thought no-one could hear me when I was shouting at the TV.

    By Anonymous Tedward's Missing Ear, at 9:10 PM  

  • DAvid Tennant: Built backwards from the nose. But still: *would*

    You'd have thought, what with him being master of time and space and whatever, he could have got *some* history right, hmm?

    By Blogger No Shit Sherlock, at 2:21 AM  

  • Would.

    By Blogger Kellycat, at 7:35 AM  

  • I have to admit when watching it I thought of you and your possible reaction to "the beard".

    I'm don't hail from NI or Ulster and am stupidly petty so the thing that annoys me the most is when people refer to the Irish Republic as "Southern Ireland".

    Donegal features the northernmost point on the island and so it is not Southern Ireland.


    By Blogger Billy, at 12:00 PM  

  • When has Northern Ireland ever been treated as part of the UK by the media? If the Troubles had happened in Surrey I'm sure they'd have got their facts right.

    Haven't watched any of this series after watching the others. When they started with Barbara Windsor, just couldn't be bothered. Did she have Royal blood?

    Shouldn't it be David Tennant *Who?* he was just about bearable in Casanova but I couldn't watch him take on such a challenging role as "everybody's" favourite uncle. I don't want an uncle half my age. At least he could make up like Worzel Gummidge, put a few warts and lines on his face.

    By Blogger Geoff, at 2:04 PM  

  • "Perhaps he can appease his conscience over the evil deeds of his sash-wearing forbears by having his wicked Protestant way with a young innocent Fenian lass?"

    It will come as no surprise to you, Spin, that I *too* have a conscience in need of appeasing over the evil deeds of *my* sash-wearing forbears.....

    By Blogger Robert A. Swipe, at 4:48 PM  

  • Hear, hear spins.

    David Tennant so *would*.*
    I wonder if he needs a fenian mother figure to assuage his conscience?

    *There I remembered my ** alright Mr. Swipe.

    By Blogger realdoc, at 8:25 PM  

  • David Tennant: Have all the Fenian lasses and mother figures you need, but if you want to indulge in a bit of Celtic experimentation (or are just thinking of making a new lifestyle choice) there's a Welshman waiting right here for you.


    *so very would*

    By Blogger corin, at 1:10 AM  

  • I have to say that it can work both ways though Spin. The majority of N.Irish people I knew when I was living in Oz (and there were a lot of them)had no idea where East Anglia was. (There's a clue in the name...)

    Having said that, I too would expect media types to try and get some of their facts right.

    By Blogger Kellycat, at 7:29 AM  

  • I may be in the unfashionable minority, but David Tennant, eww, no thanks. He looks like a weasel.

    By Blogger patroclus, at 9:13 AM  

  • I used to think he looked like a weasel too, but Something Changed (round about the time I belatedly saw Blackpool, I think). *would*

    By Blogger Pashmina, at 11:41 AM  

  • So, when OLSTER SAYS NOOWE!!! is that six counties saying no, or nine counties, or just a shouting bigoty bumwipe who probably gets an erection every time he hears an accordion?

    By Blogger Tim Footman, at 1:16 PM  

  • wouldn't. Not if you paid me.

    By Blogger GreatSheElephant, at 5:46 PM  

  • Would. But - controversially? - only when he's putting on the English accent. Yikes.

    By Blogger Hannah, at 6:33 PM  

  • Hannah, I don't like his Scottish accent either! (Shhh)

    When Casanova started, Flatmate and I both thought - Don't you think they should have chosen someone a bit better looking? By the end of the 1st episode we'd changed our minds. It's all about charisma. Possibly.

    Anyhow, there is clearly too much competition for young Mr Tennant, so he's off the list.

    BTW I know where East Angliar is - I considered applying for UEA, mainly cos Martin Amis had goen there. I grew out of that.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 6:43 PM  

  • Can't swordfight worth a damn, though.

    By Blogger First Nations, at 7:24 PM  

  • Swordfighting is not on The List.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 7:33 PM  

  • ..but still, when he was fighting those Christmas Invaders? Brr! that was too close for comfort; I mean, we almost didn't make it. the earth could have been taken over and all those people would have jumped off the buildings and everything. and those aliens were mean. and ugly. and all peeled looking? and the prime minister was cool, though. she ordered that whole spaceship to get blown up by some secret weapon.
    so, yeah.

    By Blogger First Nations, at 2:53 AM  

  • Heh... We could have discussed the on going situation in the land of the Leprechauns, but no. We discuss how sexy Doctor Who is. And how weird the aliens are.
    I love blogging.

    By Blogger No Shit Sherlock, at 10:58 PM  

  • ::Absolutely utterly would, even if he spoke in Galifreyan or txt spk::

    Love his accent, whatever one he uses! Loved listening to the accents of the people he was encountering on his family history journey too. Only one was almost totally incomprehensible to me at first, but I got the hang of it after a few minutes.

    ::Definitely would::
    Oh. I said that already.
    So I must mean it.

    By Anonymous Ana, at 4:34 AM  

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