Due to a passing illness – not serious but annoying – plus a few work commitments, posting has been a bit light round here lately. Normal service will resume shortly, but here’s another cracker from the Tele:
Ban Spartacus orgy filth, says DUP MLA
A DUP MLA has called for a controversial TV series featuring extreme violence and explicit sex scenes to be banned from UK TV.
Spartacus, which is based on the world of gladiators in the Roman Empire, is so rude that campaigners are trying to block it from British screens.
The TV series features full-frontal nudity, extreme violence and explicit scenes of orgies.
Did I say intriguing? Positively enticing would be more like it. But of course this doesn’t fly in some local quarters:
Last night DUP Assembly Member Mervyn Storey added his voice to calls for the series to be banned in the UK.
“We have been fast going beyond the realms of taste and this series will further plunge us into the abyss,” he said.
“I have grave concerns about the content of much of our TV viewing, and this is something which I believe should not be on our airwaves.”
There’s also a quote from the late Mrs Whitehouse’s NVLA, now trading as Mediawatch, but disappointingly none from DUP culture minister Nelson McCausland, nor from the DUP’s resident film buff Jeffrey Donaldson. Perhaps they can be enticed to lend Mervyn some moral support.
Actually, one of my bugbears is that – apart from the classic I, Claudius – TV drama has not really made the most of ancient Rome’s potential. The recent BBC/HBO series Rome was fun, but it was hindered a little by actors talking like they were playing EastEnders in togas.
Senator Philo: I don’t believe I’m hearing this.
Senator Grantus: Sorted, bruv.
Caesar: Get outta my pub!
It won’t do, when we’re used to ancient Romans talking like Derek Jacobi or Patrick Stewart (although, strangely, never with Italian accents). I would also point out that the subject matter of those Pompeii wall murals would make Mervyn Storey’s hair stand on end, before you even get to the Roman authors. Juvenal is a personal favourite – he’s an extremely funny satirist if you can tolerate his repeated jibes at foreigners, gays and Jews – and there’s enough source material to be as lascivious as you like. Gladiator fights and the occasional naked cock aren’t the half of it. If Mervyn had been paying attention in Latin, he’d know this.
Mind you, if they dubbed the dialogue into Ulster Scots, the DUP could hardly object. Nelson might even dish out a grant for it.