Tuesday, 19 August 2008

The Ethical Song

Much as it pains the Sock to think about it we will have to give Toby 'Tumnus' a theme tune.

Researching - or more accurately skimming round the various blogs and articles about his appointment - has obviously bought up the word ethical more than once. In fact if you can force your way through a blog by Adam Pasco you will find that Toby is currently making a Gardener's World special on the 'Peat Issue'. Groan. Doesn't your heart just drop.. Is anyone still so far gone enough to be using peat - apart from Peter Seaburk?

Toby says

"I'm a very practical person, and a practical gardener".... I've gardened professionally as well as in my own back garden, so I have a wide range of views, opinions and experiences to share".

So what have we got now, Ethical, Practical. But wait for it.... all media buzz words go in threes so what other little linguistic gem will we have thrown at us.

Toby 'Tumnus' is in fact accessible!!! The Sock had always thought this was a word reserved for disabled toilets and wheelchair ramps. But no... the new Gardener's World lead presenter is also accessible. The Sock takes this to mean that GW will now be so dumbed down that even the most slow-witted of couch potatoes can follow it. It will form part of one of those much loved government initiatives to make us an ethical recycling veg-eating nation guided by the likes of Jamie Oliver!

Pasco's blog goes on to say
Having spoken to our colleagues at BBC Birmingham I know that a lot of audience research was undertaken prior to reaching the final decision.
And then totally ignored. Or was the research undertaken with daytime TV watchers of the smaller cable channels?

It would have been so good if Toby's theme tune could have been 'Girls just want to have fun'.

7 comments:

HappyMouffetard said...

Blimey, I'd forgotten all about Supertramp. Having googled the lyrics, they seem rather portentous...

"Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable"

Arabella Sock said...

Ha ha! I hadn't remembered that bit - how fitting.

I'm not sure its the kind of thing we can all chant when he comes on stage though like the Wuthering song.

Crusty Bedsocks said...

I thought the peat issue was sorted in Geoff Hamilton's days on GW!

I too would like to know which audience they asked or did they do the usual thing of only listening to what they wanted to hear?

emmat said...

Are you joking? My main complaint against Alan Titchmarsh is that Geoff was barely cold and Al was in his potting shed leaning down and saying "plant your seedlings up in some nice John Innes"

Crusty Bedsocks said...

Sorry... I meant in a championing peat free sense..hehe you were 'shocked of Emsworth' for a minute there wasn't you!

Pork Chop said...

Oh dear. I'll have Supertramp going round in my brain for the rest of the day now.

Take a look at my gardener, he's the only one I got,
Not much of a gardener, never seem to get a lot..........

emmat said...

kpuyyeah, it's the fact that we thought it was sorted, and then it turned out not to be, due to Alan's happy yorkshire lad oh-everything-ll-be-alright-ness, that i object to.....