Advantages Entertaining, an insight into other people's lives, sometimes a subject is covered with which you can identify
Disadvantages Timing of the show is incovenient for those who are out at work at that time
Love him or hate him, (Robert) Kilroy is a highly professional debate show host, who demonstrates humour, congeniality, compassion and a genuine understanding of the participants in his show, particularly if a sensitive subject is being tackled. Although this was already my opinion, after taking part in a recent show, I now have even more respect for this very, very lovely man.Kilroy is screened between 9am and 10am every weekday on BBC1. The subjects discussed cover a wide range of relationship, social and topical issues and although many themes are revisited, they are often approached from a different angle, but because certain issues will always be popular, it makes sense to cover these subjects at more regular intervals.
Last week I received a telephone call from a TV researcher called Julie, inviting me to come to London to participate in a Kilroy discussion on Toyboys. Julie had read an article I had written on age gap relationships and was interested in my views, not just about the value of older women and younger men relationships in general, but my own personal experiences of living happily with a partner who is 12 years my junior. Although I was only given two days’ notice, I grabbed the opportunity to publicly express my views through an avenue other than the written word.My partner was unfortunately unable to accompany me to the show because of his own work commitments, so I took along my 15-year-old daughter Anneliese and my 22-month-old daughter Lauren, who would stay in the “green room”, whilst the show was being recorded.
Although the train tickets were paid for and we were picked up by a private car in London and ferried to the studios, the journey was still rather fraught because of a rather impatient and boisterous toddler. Lauren screamed most of the way, in between chewing jelly beans and then regurgitating the sticky remains into my lap and contorting her body into a variety of “tantrum” positions (arching of the back, flailing arms and legs etc), making it almost impossible to comfortably control her. This charade was being witnessed by a fellow passenger, who was seated on the opposite side of the aisle and who eventually decided to get up and move seats! Mind you, the carriage was fairly empty, so by choice you wouldn’t sit next to an unruly, yelling toddler would you? I’m trying to see it from this guy’s point of view, although I think that the British public in general, particularly those without children of their own, are very intolerant of other people’s shortcomings. Whatever methods you take to discipline your children in public, you are always wrong in someone’s eyes, but that’s another issue!I learned a lot from the driver who met us at Paddington, who said that Kilroy spent two days per week recording six shows, with the extra show being recorded to enable him to take three months off per year. The show that we were taking part in was to be the final recording of the day, finishing around 7pm, following which we would be able to go home.
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