In my time I’ve watched a lot of TV, and so I’ve seen a lot of bad TV. But the interview with Graham Linehan this week on TalkTV marks a new nadir.
Rosanna Lockwood – who I must admit I’d previously never heard of – is currently standing in for Piers Morgan as host of his show Uncensored. On Wednesday’s edition she was joined via Zoom by Graham Linehan, whose appearance in a show at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of a line-up assembled by London-based group Comedy Unleashed led to the entire show being cancelled by the venue because of his entirely orthodox and very widely shared view that there are two sexes and that minors should not be ‘affirmed’ down a path of drugs and surgery.
We’ve all seen hit jobs and car crashes. But this was something else. It had the air of a hearing in Star Chamber or a struggle session during the Chinese cultural revolution. It made Emily Maitlis’s attack on Rod Liddle look like Frost/Nixon. Cathy Newman and Jordan Peterson? A flirtatious frolic.
I would direct you to the video here, but TalkTV are clearly desperate for nobody to see this – removing it from their own YouTube channel. There are also copyright complaints against anybody else sharing even the briefest excerpts, on any platform. It has simply disappeared. Let me remind you, the show is titled Piers Morgan Uncensored.
I am, then, necessarily having to work from memory here. Lockwood leaps immediately on Linehan with accusations that he arranged the cancellation as a publicity stunt to sell tickets, unaware of the publicised fact that the show had already sold out before his appearance was announced. She follows up by telling him that he is conflating transgenderism with paedophilia.