. Well, you all seemed to have plenty to say about BBC1’s absolutely ridiculous “Christkickers” sorry I mean “Bonekickers” so I bet you just can’t wait to tune in to BBC2’s forthcoming “Burn Up”! It’s a “two-part, provocative drama set in the real-life context of climate change”. It gets better! This ..ahem…”topical thriller sees oil company executives, environmental activists and politicians collide in the battle between economic success and ecological responsibility”.

Penry-Jones stars as Tom, who, having been named the new head of Arrow Oil, finds his life unravelling as he’s pulled into a high-stakes game of power and international intrigue. Campbell plays his colleague Holly, whose covert collaboration with environmentalists puts her in great jeopardy, and Whitford plays Tom’s best friend Mack, a charismatic yet unscrupulous oil industry lobbyist. This sounds like a classic. I wonder did Greenpeace approve? BBC propaganda comes in many guises – this new drama is just the continuation of AGW by other means..

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  1. GCooper says:

    The BBC has been using drama and entertainment to push its political views for years, knowing that the half-awake viewer soaks up the messages as if by osmosis.

    It’s yet another reason why the Corporation must go.


  2. Andy says:


    Current BBC drama is pretentious played-out piffle compare to what it produced years ago.


  3. Miv Tucker says:

    It was all so different back in the 60s…



  4. GCooper says:

    Though the 1960s were when the rot really began to spread, the BBC had been thoroughly infiltrated by the early 1950s, when communist agitators, like the thuggish Ewan MacColl, were given free reign to spread their message.

    Give the Left their due – they play a very long game.


  5. Natalie Solent says:

    Let me guess. In Episode 1, American Christian extremists plot to bring forward the Second Coming by burning all the trees.


  6. DB says:

    The much-maligned Biased BBC commentariat was onto Burn Up weeks ago, as it was with Bonekickers. You should try reading the general comments threads now and again, David. Nice to see you’re catching up at last, though.

    On the topic of climate change, the following comes from today’s BBC press release unveiling the autumn highlights:
    Dr Iain Stewart (Earth • The Power Of The Planet) looks at how climate science has developed over the last 30 years, and studies the evidence for anthropogenic climate change, in The History Of Climate Change.

    If you want a clue as to where Dr Stewart stands on the whole climate change issue take a look at the interview he gave to the Independent in January:
    I try to read while I’m travelling, but it tends not to be much in the way of novels these days, because I am usually cramming in factual and geology books for my work. I’m reading The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery at the moment. He’s a great Australian writer, and the book is about climate change, which is what I’m focusing on for work next.

    That’s right – Tim Flannery, the one man more synonymous with failed climate predictions than even Al Gore or David Shukman.

    By the by, in his Independent interview Stewart says he also likes the writer William Dalrymple – he’s a regular guest on BBC programmes such as Start the Week where he promotes his relativist view of the Religion of Peace. Perfect BBC material, our Dr Stewart.

    (Also from the BBC autumn press release:
    Former cruise ship steward and Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott takes us on a very personal exploration of the current state of the British class system. In Prescott On Class he investigates the dreams and aspirations of the richest and the poorest, grapples with political apathy, middle-class syntax snobbery and the wealth gap in modern Britain.

    The licence fee – from your pocket to John Prescott’s.)


  7. David Vance says:


    Thanks for that.

    1. I don’t malign the B-BBC commentariat so not sure why you make that point to me.

    2. Wish I had time to read every thread. I write as I see it, if others have seen it before me, great. If I repeat things, sorry.


  8. moonbat nibbler says:

    Yes DB, we did mention it before didn’t we 🙂

    My prior comment:

    A trailer can be found here:
    [video src="http://www.3wise-hosting4.com/alchemy/trailers/alchemy_player.php?video=Burn_Up.flv" /]

    The production is overtly left-wing, take a look at the last three pages of the production notes:

    Click to access Burn_Up_Prod_Notes.pdf

    Co-produced by the folk who brought you Spooks too. Cost: $15m.


  9. DB says:

    David Vance | Homepage | 10.07.08 – 11:50 pm
    Didn’t mean to suggest you maligned the commenters here – sorry if it read that way.


  10. Jason says:

    Is it just me or does the BBC seem to be turning into a religious cult?

    Either that or they’ve hired the entire writing team of 80’s Brookside.


  11. disillusioned_german says:

    DB: It took me a while to find the email address of this blog (biasedbbc@gmail.com) but I found it.

    I was one of the first regulars who left because of the censorship that was going on here a while ago. I have to recommend DV for giving this blog a new lease of life.

    I don’t expect David to read all the comments and I guess he’d appreciate any input through the email address given above.

    Fact is – we have a job to do here (both the bloggers and the commentators) and we need to share info as often as possible.


  12. disillusioned_german says:

    P.S.: I want to use this platform to thank Archduke (again) for creating “BBC Biased”.

    It’s great to be back though. I missed a lot of you and I’d like to welcome the new contributors (unless they work for Al Beeb) 🙂


  13. Greencoat says:

    ‘Give the Left their due – they play a very long game.’

    This is true. Like the Hydra, the Left is always growing new heads (eg ‘climate change’)as the old ones (‘industrial action’) are lopped off.


  14. Allan@Oslo says:

    Indeed, Greencoat. Look at how many of the leftists pre-1990 morphed into multi-cultists post-1990 following the collapse of their favourite regime. The left’s game is the destruction of the liberal (in the classical sense) west, and that means the destruction of our culture, our nation, even our race – and the BBC is the propagandist arm.


  15. knacker says:

    To call the BBC hydra-headed is exactly right, IMO.

    The Hydra had very bad breath, which Hercules countered with a flaming rag to get close. After cutting off the first head he dipped his sword in the dripping venom, then decapitated the rest and used the venom to burn each stump so it couldn’t grow back. Then, with ten tasks still left, he moved on to his next, ahem, Labour (twelve in all, you will recall).

    Makes you think about the ROP and NuLab, and their bedpan cleaners at the BBC and apologists around here, doesn’t it?

    Two morals to the tale:
    1. Hercules believed in hard work and was nothing if not thorough.
    2. Like any trend in motion, the BBC will continue until stopped.


  16. Anonymous says:

    i duno what else to say but what a load of bollox from Al Beeb, the broadcaster that spends more on ky gel than hair gel


  17. Peter says:

    Leftism is essentially a parasitical creed,it can only live by latching on to a host.Leftists have,mostly,never set up self sufficient communes,but try to convert the host society to leftism.
    The other interesting feature is that the left are utterly incompetent,once converted to leftism the host culture collapses.
    Reminds me of something else which comes to mind.


  18. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Peter | 11.07.08 – 8:48 pm |

    Actually, a few of them went to Israel back in the day, and set up some very successful kibbutzim.

    Of course, in order to maintain that success, they had to turn to nasty capitalist things like manufacturing plastic parts for fire extinguishers, producing padding materials for shipping out of leftovers from flip-flop soles, agriculture, not to mention the tourist trade, etc.


  19. Peter says:

    That is why I said “mostly”.


  20. David Preiser (USA) says:


    Sorry, I was trying to point out that even those few successful ones had to leave their base-level socialist/Marxist beliefs behind. Sort of ruins the party for the rest of them.


  21. Peter says:

    I would like to see this government stranded on an island to fend for themselves.My bet is that they would just keep having meetings to see who got eaten next.


  22. will says:

    “Burn up” featured in Newsnight Review, one reviewer considers that the programme contains a remarkable level of anti-Americanism – so there’s a new twist for a BBC drama!


  23. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Peter | 11.07.08 – 11:01 pm |

    I would like to see this government stranded on an island to fend for themselves.My bet is that they would just keep having meetings to see who got eaten next.

    They’d just starve to death until a Mohammedan came along, no?


  24. moonbat nibbler says:

    So, I’ve watched it… The anti-Americanism shocked me, seriously. The second episode goes beyond caricature and becomes the type of hatefest I thought would only ever appear on Iranian or Syrian TV.

    The eco-whackery is disgracefully one-sided, nonsensical and factually inaccurate but I was expecting that!


  25. El Draque says:

    Can someone tell the BBC that 14 of the top 15 oil companies are socialist – i.e. are state-owned? Exxon is the only one in the top 15 and it comes 14th.
    Oh, and also that oil and coal together are only 0.25% of the greenhouse effect – 90% is clouds.


  26. Jason says:

    From the BBC’s press release of “Burn Up”:

    Kudos Film and Television’s Stephen Garrett says: “As a lifelong fan of the political thriller, it’s been incredibly satisfying to marry it to the most urgent issue facing us as the century unfolds • a potent cocktail of fiction and fact that we hope will enlighten as much as it will entertain.”

    Considering that it’s just parroting the same dumbed-down Chicken-Lickenism that the “masses” are spoon fed 24 hours a day by the media, the government and public institutions – then how can the word “enlightening” possibly apply?

    A drama which promoted a GW skeptic’s point of view and made the public more aware of the wealth of facts and reasoning which make a mockery of the MMGW “theory” – now THAT would be “enlightening”.

    I love the way they’ve just decided for us that GW is “the most important issue facing us as the century unfolds”, as if that issue isn’t really Islamofascism and the possibility of terrorist savages getting their hands on nuclear weapons and vaporizing millions in the blink of an eye. God I hate these pig ignorant, latte-sipping, spineless liberal media types – they’ll quite happily mince us all down the road of docile self-destruction just as long as they get to chink a few champagne glasses along the way.


  27. Jason says:

    Bring back Spender.