Quite enjoyed the show. Admittedly, the older chap, who was one of the pretend ministers, was a right pillock, in my opinion! Seemed to be willing to risk everyone's life, on the slimmest of slim chances, that the hijackers of the plane were atually telling the truth, and would release the hostages once the Yemanese prisoners were released! Anyone in their right mind, would have risked shooting down the plane (carrying just 100 people) than risk having that plan be ploughed into a part of London, and killing hundreds or thousands!
I still think I could have done better than the contestants, though.
Exactly! Did never occur to them that if the hijackers had wanted to negotiate the release of prisoners, they could have landed at any airport? Also that Heathrow's flight path takes it right over the centre of London?
The producer was on 5-Live the other day and was saying how the filming went on for 3 hours (edited down to 1 hour for broadcast). During this time, the change in attitudes of the "contestants" from average man in the street to politician with an answer for every decision made was astounding.
And as for the woman (who was a barrister) saying that she'd have done much better by herself, who was she kidding?!
Still, entertaining enough! Is it a series, as I'm wondering what they can give the next lot to cope with?!
This is, indeed, a pilot episode, for a potential series, that may be shown in late-Summer or early-Autumn of 2004.
The pilot episode isn't currently scheduled for a repeat, but keep your eyes open on the schedules of late-night BBC1 (especially when they may transmit it, with subtitles and signing, for deaf/hard-of-hearing viewers), and all of BBC3 and BBC4, in case it gets slipped-in.