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Corrie star Maureen Lipman slams BBC News for the 'infantilisation' of its broadcasts


Corrie star Maureen Lipman slams BBC News for the ‘infantilisation’ of its broadcasts as she voices her distaste for ‘bl**dy Love Island’

Susie Coen For Daily Mail

Maureen Lipman has hit out at the ‘infantilisation’ of television in which the BBC News shows images to match every sentence in a story.

The actress, 72, criticised the broadcaster for assuming viewers had such short attention spans they will ‘switch over to Love Island’ unless fed with a stream of changing images.

She also took aim at chat shows which get celebrities to tell their ‘most offensive’ anecdotes, and reality TV which shows ‘pleasant people being judged and humiliated.’ 

Furious: Maureen Lipman, 72, has hit out at the 'infantilisation' of television in which the BBC News shows images to match every sentence in a story

Furious: Maureen Lipman, 72, has hit out at the 'infantilisation' of television in which the BBC News shows images to match every sentence in a story

Furious: Maureen Lipman, 72, has hit out at the ‘infantilisation’ of television in which the BBC News shows images to match every sentence in a story

‘We viewers do not have a low attention span,’ she wrote in the latest issue of Radio Times. 

‘We don’t need Fiona: “Theresa May… [cut to film of PM walking out of Downing Street]… flew to Paris today [shot of aircraft taxiing across runway… back to Fiona]… to discuss the circular arguments [to carousel of suitcases aimlessly going around]… which has dogged [cut to airport sniffer dog]… her recent EU talks” [shot of Eiffel Tower, then back to Fiona, who smiles enigmatically.’

The Coronation Street star added: ‘Credit us with the power to hold on to the meaning of words for 50 seconds without pressing the remote to bl**dy Love Island, will you?’ 

She also lamented the decline of chat shows, reminiscing on how it used to be ‘worth waiting up for’ interviews with big stars such as Lauren Bacall and George Burns.

Fuming: The actress criticised the broadcaster for assuming viewers had such short attention spans they will 'switch over to Love Island' unless fed with a stream of changing images

Fuming: The actress criticised the broadcaster for assuming viewers had such short attention spans they will 'switch over to Love Island' unless fed with a stream of changing images

Fuming: The actress criticised the broadcaster for assuming viewers had such short attention spans they will ‘switch over to Love Island’ unless fed with a stream of changing images

Speaking out: Maureen - who plays Evelyn Plummer in Coronation Street - also took aim at chat shows which get celebrities to tell their 'most offensive' anecdotes

Speaking out: Maureen - who plays Evelyn Plummer in Coronation Street - also took aim at chat shows which get celebrities to tell their 'most offensive' anecdotes

Speaking out: Maureen – who plays Evelyn Plummer in Coronation Street – also took aim at chat shows which get celebrities to tell their ‘most offensive’ anecdotes

The celebrated said programmes were obsessed with crude words, adding that it was ‘a sign in my view of the increasing infantilisation of TV these days’.

She said reality shows were ‘TV trolling’, adding that ‘thespians… are hectored and bullied in nanny tones into… slug swallowing’. 

Maureen is certainly no stranger to being outspoken about her personal views.

She came under fire from Rose McGowan last year, following her comments that some women are not helping the MeToo movement by sending out ‘confusing’ messages.

Saying it how it is: 'We viewers do not have a low attention span,' she wrote in the latest issue of Radio Times

Saying it how it is: 'We viewers do not have a low attention span,' she wrote in the latest issue of Radio Times

Saying it how it is: ‘We viewers do not have a low attention span,’ she wrote in the latest issue of Radio Times

Speaking to Radio Times magazine, she said: ‘We’re batting our eyelids and clenching our teeth at the same time. And that is very confusing.’ 

In response to her comments, Rose, who is the force behind the MeToo movement, told Good Morning Britain: ‘I’ve heard that same argument for what, 5,000 million years now.

‘MeToo is not just for women… I’ve had so many men share their stories of abuse with men… Let people breathe and have their voice. 

‘If I feel like walking down the street naked, nobody has the right to rape me…Everybody has a sovereign right to their body.’  

Yikes! The Coronation Street star added: 'Credit us with the power to hold on to the meaning of words for 50 seconds without pressing the remote to bl**dy Love Island, will you?'

Yikes! The Coronation Street star added: 'Credit us with the power to hold on to the meaning of words for 50 seconds without pressing the remote to bl**dy Love Island, will you?'

Yikes! The Coronation Street star added: ‘Credit us with the power to hold on to the meaning of words for 50 seconds without pressing the remote to bl**dy Love Island, will you?’

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