Just out of interest, is anybody following this on BBC4 this week? I have a horrible feeling that the audience for this kind of material, especially on BBC4, is measurable in the low thousands...Pity as (in my view) it makes wonderful TV.
There have have been lots of complaints about this being sidelined, shunted over to a minority-interest channel; interesting in view of the Beeb's announcement today that "in response to audience pressure" they're going to increase the arts coverage at peak times on BBC1 and 2.
I don't care for the new pop-culture tone of the whole thing, and I hate the fact that the competitors are referred to, and addressed, only by their forenames. "And the winner is... Amanda!" is not the way a supposedly serious, classical-music competition should be conducted.
Sadly Sammy I don't think that'll be happening too soon. The programme itself isn't really my cup of tea, but I can appreciate the talent and dedication it takes to reach that level. It's a shame it's been shunted to one of the lesser Beeb channels, but understandably the BBC needs to aim for more populist programming.