RIGHT TO REPLY: RIGHT TO REPLY[27/09/97]
Viewer, Christopher Mullan, discusses the inaccurate portrayal of Irish life featured on EASTENDERS. Includes comments from Damien Gaffney, Editor `Irish World', Alan Yentob of the BBC and Dymphna Bosonnet an extra in the EASTENDERS programme from Loughshinney Co. Dublin. Viewer and sportswriter, Norman de Mesquita, asks why so many ex-Conservative MPs want to be television presenters; includes comments from ex-MP Edwina Currie and Basil Comely, series editor ONE FOOT IN THE PAST. Viewer, Susannah Lees, comments on the `Kill your speed' safety campaign. She feels that car adverts give the message of good braking being sufficient, no matter how fast the car is travelling. Includes comments from Baroness Hayman (Road Safety Minister), Nigel Brotherton (Communications Manager, Volkswagen), and Andy Barnes (Director of Advertising, Sales and Marketing, C4). Television regulators want to stop scenes of smoking and drinking on screen before 9pm. Viewer Iain Murray feels that smoking and drinking are an important realistic ingredient and asks why such a heavy-handed approach by the regulators is needed. Includes comments from Paul Smee (Director of Public Affairs, ITC) and Corinne Hollingworth (Channel Five, Controller of Drama). Plus excerpts from the RIGHT TO REPLY forum on the C4 website.