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Broadcaster: ITV1 / Genre: Talk Show

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      14.05.2010 22:26
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      Like Frost/Nixon recreated by lumbering orang-utangs!

      I find this programme objectionable, Piers Morgan is a former journalist who has now got what he always wanted. His mug on the television. This is his attempt at an interview format programme on Cowell Tv (Sorry ITV).

      Interviews have included Gordon Brown, Cliff Richard, Jordan (Twice, god twice, listening to that monotone robot once is something people should have prescribed to appreciate how good their lives really are). Gerry Halliwell, Joan Collins, Vinnie Jones, the list of reasonably famous and not overly talented people goes on.

      Morgan has a style of interviewing which mixes the subtle manners of a drunken tourist in Benidorm with the sincerity of a table. It's not a pretty sight, its not clever and its not amusing, but it is the most serious programme Itv have shown in a long while which is a tad depressing on so many levels.

      The shows work as an hour long life story and we get the ups and downs of these characters, I have to admit i've not really found any of these tales overwhelming and its a programme lacking in anything close to fun or entertainment, its just a vehicle to promote somebody who has got famous off the back of telling people whether he likes them or not!!

      Filled with irreverent (Sorry I mean Irrelevant) chat, this is interviewing at its most basic.

      Shown on Saturday nights the programme is renowned in serious circles for the inanity of the interview techniques, if David Frost was Mozart, Piers Morgan is Andrew Ridgeley.

      The questioning technique is matey and irreverent without touching the humour of someone like Jonathon Ross, the guests are also a mixed bag of ITV registered celebrities such as Jordan and people who aren't particularly relevant in the public eye, such as Cilla Black, ronnie Corbett and Bruce Forsyth.

      We have seen Morgan ask Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg about their sex lives and personally I felt it summed up quite a bit about modern life, with a lairy, uneducated clump at conversation rather than researched and thoughtful questioning of interesting guests.

      The show is typical ITV, it looks cheap, the guests are generally B-List at best and the presenter is flogging something at all times (How great he thinks he is).

      I'm not a huge fan of this show and have watched it through my hands at times wondering what the relevance of Joan Collins was or why Morgan seems to delight in asking the questions that get his guests gushing.

      The interview technique is perfunctory and reminds me of a big ugly chap in a nightclub using a mix of obvious flattery and outright bullying and goading to get a response from the pretty young thing he's found, unfortunately most of the guests aren't pretty young things and the host has all the charm of a food processor.

      The programme is a bit weak and not to my liking but I do appreciate that for a lot of people, the celebrities are interesting, the questions are relevant and the attempts at humour are right up their alley. Unfortunately, i've seen more indepth interviews on Blue Peter and more relevant cutting edge people on Antiques Roadshow, therefore I won't be comiing back to this in the future.

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        22.04.2010 19:06

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        a great show

        Peirs Morgan life stories is a great show to watch it is a new show were he gets one celebrity into a hot seat and asks them about there life. It is basically like a magazine asking them questions only you have full acess to hear for your self. The great thing is we all have questions ourseleves that we would love to ask celebrities that other reporters or jouranlists would not dare to ask. There is no back doors on peirs he asked questions that we all love to hear the anwser to he has the courage and guts and deals with it so well and calmly. He also is funny when things get a bit tense he can lighten up the mood but drags everything out of them that they have never said before to anyone.
        The show is a hour long and is just very entertaining it would not be the same if peirs morgan was not asking the questions he makes the show. He is a very smart man in these situations. Honestly watch this show very good especailly if you like celebrity gossip and magazines and chitter chat then tune in on this show you wont be let down.

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        23.03.2010 18:21
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        A GREAT SHOW.

        Piers Morgan's Life stories is currently one of my favourite programmes on television. This show certainly makes for riveting viewing which is a change from the endless drivel they seem to be pumping on to our television screens lately.

        Piers Morgan is better known as being the Sun newspaper boss who was fired due to false pictures being printed. He has however become very successful and quite a high profile showbiz personality, thanks to Simon Cowell giving him a lucky break as a judge on Britains got talent.

        This show sees Piers Morgan return to his journalistic roots. Each episode, sees Piers interview a famous celebrity. Unlike other interviewers, Piers is totally unafraid to ask questions that we as viewers are dying to know the answer to. He is totally fearless in probing just that little bit further into the celebrities lifes in order to allow the public unlimited access to previously unheard information.

        What I love about this show is that there is only one celebrity guest per episode. Each episode is an hour long so you really do get to hear alot about the celebrities history and plights before they became famous. Family and friends also have the opportunity to talk about the person behind the celebrity status. This is shown intermitently throughout the show.

        There is no bright lights and high glamour on this show. There is two chairs positioned centre stage, which I feel allows Piers Morgan to display that he is such a talented journalist that he doesnt need any dancing girls or musical interludes.

        During this series, Piers has interviewed such high acclaimed celebrities as Simon Cowell, prime minister Gordon Brown, Ronnie Corbett, Cilla black and a variety of other high profile celebrities. There is one thing that all these guests have in common and that is that they have all become emotional on the show. I dont think Piers intentionally sets out to make them cry, but he has such a genuine warmth within his journalistic technique that I think some of the celebrities open up much more to him than they would any other interviewer.

        As mentioned previously, Piers is unafraid to ask tabboo questions. He will delve that little bit deeper in order for the celebrities to express their innermost feelings. One of my favourite interviews of the series was when Piers interviewed Ronnie Corbett. I was so suprised to find what a beautiful character Ronnie was. He was so warm and had such a lot of wonderful stories to tell regarding his life in showbusiness and also his private life.

        I would certainly recommend this show to anyone who hasnt seen it before. I know that many people think of Piers morgan as really irritating. I admit I was indeed someone who had no time for Piers myself. I still dont think he is a particularly nice person, but he is a damn good journalist and he displays this to a tee on this show.

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