I've written quite a bit about a British chat show I quite like, The Graham Norton Show, on BBC America and have posted a bunch of video clips. It's lively, clever, often very funny thanks to the host, and has a slightly different take on such shows than others, which is no easy thing to do. The guests are almost exclusively from the world of entertainment or occasionally sports. Maybe once a few years back they had a British MP sitting on the sofa with the other guests. This week -- tomorrow, in fact, on Saturday at 10 PM -- they has a change. One of the guests is Hillary Clinton. And for the first time since I've watched, she on the sofa alone. (The other guests show up later after she's departed.)
Clearly she's there to promote her book. But from the few clips I've seen, the conversation is charming, funny and thoughtful. And host Norton, who is anything but a political specialist, presents himself well, though I certainly don't expect him to get deep into policy issues. What I'm most intrigued by is how this comes across to the British audiences. Given that Hillary Clinton was voted the Most Admired Woman in the World something like 21 years in a row, my guess is wonderfully -- while ratcheting up the bewilderment of "How on earth could Americans have not elected this woman and instead made Trump the president?????"
Two clips have been released, as far as I can tell. This first is Secretary Clinton talking about having to go to the Trump inauguration.
The other video deals with Trump tweeting and how she deals with it. There are some very amusing things discussed, but she also turns the conversation a bit more serious to put presidential tweeting in a larger perspective.
Again, The Graham Norton Show airs on this Saturday at 10 PM (on the West Coast, at least...) on BBC America.
Crank up your DVR...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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