Saturday, November 01, 2008

The danger of devaluing risk-taking


"What passes for risk-taking in television today is showing people having sex on Big Brother. That's not a risk - it's just grubby."
Independent producer John Lloyd commenting in the Guardian about the BBC radio 'lewd messages' fiasco. It's a comment worth pondering on as risk-taking is the lifeblood of creativity. Among John Lloyd's credits are the late night satirical TV show Spitting Image which ran from 1984 to 1996. My header video comes from the series and is a parody of the popular BBC TV quiz show Mastermind. It is sobering to think the sketch dates from 1992.

Like John Lloyd, Tom Lehrer was a master of creative risk-taking.
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