The Truth about Goats
A TV licence scam has led to more than 5,000 complaints; many of those from viewers of the re-makes of ‘Porridge’ and ‘Watership Down’. The email is designed to lure the victim with a host of ‘entertainment’ services, but all they get in return is Mel & Sue’s ‘Generation Game’ and John Humphrys complaining about the price of gammon.
The BBC has knowingly targeted those too poor to afford Netflix or HBO, with offers of cut-price Fiona Bruce and unlimited access to Andrew Marr. With ‘Flog It!’ reaching the end of its 17-year run, the BBC’s output of original shows has now been reduced to Ben Elton writing a new episode of ‘Eldorado’, starring Horne & Corden.
The licensing website asks victims to provide account details and their favourite episode of ‘Kat and Alfie: Redwater’. While vulnerable viewers have been tricked out of £150, with promises that the BBC would ‘inform and educate’ – which just involves Jo Whiley promoting her husband’s bands.
The money itself has then been used to fund various criminal activities – with nothing more criminal than three series of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys. The BBC even once sent 263 staff to cover Glastonbury, which is the cost of half a Gary Lineker. Said one executive: ‘I understand that people may feel conned, but they’re not the only ones to have been tricked, I helped produce Troy: Fall of a City’.