Richard Herring's Objective

In this new series Richard Herring reclaims objects that we fear and hate because of what they have come to symbolise.

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0101The Toothbrush Moustache2010101420130227 (BBC7)
20140524 (BBC7)

In this new series Richard Herring reclaims objects that we fear and hate because of what they have come to symbolise.

The first in a new series in which Richard Herring reclaims objects that we've grown to hate. This week he's reclaiming the toothbrush moustache on behalf of comedy - taking it back from Hitler to give to it's rightful owner Charlie Chaplin. Based on his Edinburgh show Richard examines why a particular piece of facial hair can evoke revulsion in all who see it when in fact the person first associated with it was one of the funniest people on the planet. He grows his own toothbrush moustache and hears what passers by make of it, talks to a German moustache expert about Hitler's vanity and descibes how wearing it on the day after the BNP won seats in the last European election strengthened his resolve to continue his campaign. The show was recorded in front of an audience.

Producer - Alison Vernon-Smith.

This week he's reclaiming the toothbrush moustache on behalf of comedy - taking it back from Hitler to give to it's rightful owner Charlie Chaplin.

Based on his Edinburgh show Richard examines why a particular piece of facial hair can evoke revulsion in all who see it when in fact the person first associated with it was one of the funniest people on the planet.

He grows his own toothbrush moustache and hears what passers by make of it, talks to a German moustache expert about Hitler's vanity and descibes how wearing it on the day after the BNP won seats in the last European election strengthened his resolve to continue his campaign.

0102The Hoodie2010102120120403
20130306 (BBC7)
20140531 (BBC7)

How has a tracksuit top with a hood attached to it come to inspire fear in modern Britain? Richard Herring reclaims objects that have been the cause of controversy.

How has a tracksuit top with a hood attached to it come to inspire fear in modern Britain and is it actually used as an excuse to demonise the young?

How has a tracksuit top with a hood attached to it come to inspire fear in modern Britain?

This week it is the hoodie.

How has a track suit top with a hood attached to it come to inspire fear in modern Britain and is it actually used as an excuse to demonise the young? Are the country's teenagers all out of control knife-wielding, drug-taking, promiscuous, trouble-makers or are they mainly quite pleasant, if somewhat self-obsessed, easily bored and angst-ridden individuals? And is a hood actually any scarier than a pair of mittens?

Richard explores what our fear is actually all about through stand up, vox pops and interviews - this week a criminologist who has studied the moran panic about hoodies and the organisers of a hoodie festival.

0103The St George's Flag2010102820120410
20130313 (BBC7)
20140607 (BBC7)

Comedian Richard Herring reclaims those things we have given a bad name to. This week he's reclaiming the English National Flag from any associations with far right extremists. Why does the man and woman on the street have no idea when St George's day is? Who is St George? Richard asks a vexillologist (flag expert) about how flags have come to symbolise nations.He also talks to anthropologist Kate Fox who has studied the behaviour of the English, about why the English are not natural flag waving patriots. The show was recorded in front of an audience.

Producer - Alison Vernon-Smith ".

Comedian Richard Herring reclaims those things we have given a bad name to. This week he's reclaiming the English National Flag from any associations with far right extremists. Why does the man and woman on the street have no idea when St George's day is? Who is St George? Richard asks a vexillologist (flag expert) about how flags have come to symbolise nations.He also talks to anthropologist Kate Fox who has studied the behaviour of the English, about why the English are not natural flag waving patriots. The show was recorded in front of an audience. Producer - Alison Vernon-smith ".

Comedian Richard Herring reclaims those things we have given a bad name to. This week he's reclaiming the English National Flag from any associations with far right extremists. Why does the man and woman on the street have no idea when St George's day is? Who is St George? Richard asks a vexillologist (flag expert) about how flags have come to symbolise nations.He also talks to anthropologist Kate Fox who has studied the behaviour of the English, about why the English are not natural flag waving patriots. The show was recorded in front of an audience. Producer....Alison Vernon-smith ".

Richard Herring reclaims the things we've given a bad name to. The St George's Flag.

This week he's reclaiming the English National Flag from any associations with far right extremists.

Why does the man and woman on the street have no idea when St George's day is? Who is St George? Richard asks a vexillologist (flag expert) about how flags have come to symbolise nations.He also talks to anthropologist Kate Fox who has studied the behaviour of the English, about why the English are not natural flag waving patriots.

0104 LASTDolly The Sheep2010110420120417
20130320 (BBC7)
20140614 (BBC7)

In the final show of the series Richard reclaims Dolly the sheep as he examines why we are fearful and suspicious of the idea of cloning without really understanding it.

Richard talks to a genetics professor about how cloning works and what it was like to meet Dolly.

Richard also asks science writer Dr Ben Goldacre whether evil scientists exist and whether he is allowed to clone Dr Who assistant Amy Pond.

Comedian Richard Herring reclaims those things we've grown to hate. In the final show of the series Richard reclaims Dolly the sheep as he examines why we are fearful and suspicious of the idea of cloning without really understanding it.

Richard talks to a genetics professor about how cloning works and what it was like to meet Dolly. Richard also asks science writer Dr Ben Goldacre whether evil scientists exist and whether he is allowed to clone Dr Who assistant Amy Pond.

The show was recorded in front of an audience. Producer....Tilusha Ghelani.

Richard Herring examines why we hate the idea of cloning without really understanding it.

01EDINBURGHThe C U Jimmy Hat2011082320110830 (BBC7)

Richard Herring looks at the Celtic roots of red hair and asks why ginger hair bullying is acceptable, as he reclaims the ginger hair and tartan hat wig that is widely available for sale in the heart of Edinburgh.

Written and performed by Richard Herring, starring Emma Kennedy and guests.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Richard Herring looks at the roots of red hair, from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Richard Herring reclaims an object for this Edinburgh special, the C.U.

Jimmy Hat.

Richard Herring reclaims a contentious object.

For this Edinburgh Special, Richard is reclaiming the C.U.

A hat and ginger hair combo, widely available in tourist shops throughout Scotland.

He looks at Scottish identity with the help of Scottish comedienne Susan Calman, and looks at the Celtic roots of red hair and asks why ginger hair bullying is acceptable.

Written and performed by Richard Herring, starring Emma Kennedy, Susan Calman and guests.

0201The Golliwog2011110820120327
20111115 (BBC7)
20140823 (BBC7)

Should the golliwog be reclaimed, or consigned to the dustbin of history? With Emma Kennedy and Ava Vidal. From November 2011.

Richard Herring examines the golliwog, debating if it's an object we should reclaim, or consign to the dustbin of history.

Should the golliwog be reclaimed, or consigned to the dustbin of history.

Richard Herring examines 'The golliwog' an object that has been the cause of controversy, debating whether it's an object we should reclaim, or consign to the dustbin of history.

With special guest Ava Vidal.

0202The Wheelchair2011111520111122 (BBC7)
20140830 (BBC7)

Richard Herring's Objective

Episode 2: 'The Wheelchair'

Richard Herring examines 'The Wheelchair' the representative symbol of disability on disability access signs and asks if there is equal access. He wonders if it is still the case that we see the disability rather than the person.

Written by and starring Richard Herring, with Emma Kennedy and special guest, comedian Francesca Martinez.

Produced by Tilusha Ghelani

The second series of Richard Herring's Objective pokes and prods a variety controversial objects and see if the controversy falls out. Through vox pops, interviews and stand up comedy Richard examines the objects' history, meaning and significance and challenges our assumed logic and stereotypes. Can we reclaim these objects away from their unfortunate associations?

In series one the comedian investigated 'The Hitler Moustache', 'The Hoodie' and 'The St. George's Flag' and in the new series he'll be training his beady eye on 'The Golliwog', 'The Wheelchair', 'Page 3' and 'The Old School Tie'.

Richard Herring examines 'The Wheelchair' the representative symbol of disability on disability access signs and asks if there is equal access.

He wonders if it is still the case that we see the disability rather than the person.

With special guest, comedian Francesca Martinez.

0203Page Three2011112220111129 (BBC7)
20140906 (BBC7)

Richard Herring examines 'Page 3' which has been the cause of controversy, debating whether it's something that we should celebrate, or consign to the dustbin of history.

With special guest, the glamour model Lucy Pinder.

Richard Herring's Objective

Episode 3: 'Page 3'

Written by and starring Richard Herring, with Emma Kennedy and special guest, the glamour model Lucy Pinder.

Produced by Tilusha Ghelani

The second series of Richard Herring's Objective pokes and prods a variety controversial objects and see if the controversy falls out. Through vox pops, interviews and stand up comedy Richard examines the objects' history, meaning and significance and challenges our assumed logic and stereotypes. Can we reclaim these objects away from their unfortunate associations?

In series one the comedian investigated 'The Hitler Moustache', 'The Hoodie' and 'The St. George's Flag' and in the new series he'll be training his beady eye on 'The Golliwog', 'The Wheelchair', 'Page 3' and 'The Old School Tie'.

0204 LASTThe Old School Tie2011112920111206 (BBC7)
20140913 (BBC7)

Richard Herring's Objective

Episode 4: 'The Old School Tie'

Richard Herring examines 'The Old School Tie' an object that has come to represent public school networks and contacts. Richard asks if it is acceptable to be prejudice against the posh.

Written by and starring Richard Herring, with Emma Kennedy and special guest Alexei Sayle.

Produced by Tilusha Ghelani

Richard Herring's Objective returns for a second series to poke and prod a variety controversial objects and see if the controversy falls out. Through vox pops, interviews and stand up comedy Richard examines the objects' history, meaning and significance and challenges our assumed logic and stereotypes. Can we reclaim these objects away from their unfortunate associations?

In series one the comedian investigated 'The Hitler Moustache', 'The Hoodie' and 'The St. George's Flag' and in the new series he'll be training his beady eye on 'The Golliwog', 'The Wheelchair', 'Page 3' and 'The Old School Tie'.

Richard Herring examines 'The Old School Tie' an object that has come to represent public school networks and contacts.

Richard asks if it is acceptable to be prejudice against the posh.

With special guest Alexei Sayle.