Author condemns BBC documentary as ‘biased’.


Controversial author Simon Nolan (Whitehawk, Revenge Ink, £7.99) has made a scathing attack on a BBC documentary. The programme, aired after Christmas, was, he said, ‘a joke, completely biased, with no attempt to address the arguments from both sides.’

Summer Ends on Penguin Island, screened on 27 December, featured numerous sequences of penguins eating herring and mackerel. But, says Nolan, the programme crucially failed to indicate how the herring and mackerel felt about any of this.

‘It was just blatant triumphalist penguin propaganda. I mean, when is it the poor bloody mackerel’s turn? When do they get to be the hero? You know?’ he said.

A BBC spokeswoman said: ’I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. Who did you say you were again?’


9 thoughts on “Author condemns BBC documentary as ‘biased’.

  1. Pingu says:

    I am a liberal-minded penguin, and I do not make any grand claims about representing any other penguins. What I will say, though, is that I’m bloody sick of mackerel AND herring. All I want is a lovely bit of cod but can I get any? Can I *#~¥! I’m apparently only allowed to catch the kind of monster cod that a bachelor penguin such as me has no hope of tackling, let alone finishing. I hesitate to use the phrase ‘political correctness gone mad’, but frankly, I’ve had it up to here.

  2. It is good to see someone sticking up for the herrings. I myself am a herring – one with a particular problem. I suffer from a bizarre scale complaint which renders my complexion a kind of darkish pink, commonly confused as red. You could not imagine the difficulties this creates in my life. No one takes me seriously and everything I do is rejected out of hand.

    Anyway – thanks for the article. Penguins are overrated, and they can’t even fly.

    • Fly? They can barely walk. Little waddling bastards. I too am having trouble taking you seriously, though, I’m sorry to say. I sense that you might be deliberately leading me on a false trail. A wild herring chase, perhaps.

  3. The Watcher says:

    Another year, another inexplicable broadside against things beginning with the letter P. Whatever next? ‘Controversial novelist says “no” to peas’?

  4. Mackerel Advocacy Group spokesfish says:

    The incessant lumping of Mackerels and Herring into a single isomorphic group of ‘fish’ is nothing more than rampant neo-fishism and must be challenged wherever it is encountered.

    For the record, Mackerels are large pelagic fish whereas Herring are forage fish and prey for large pelagic fish. What the author probably witnessed was nothing more than a Penguin and a Mackerel sitting down for a light Herring supper, a common enough occurrence in the Animal Kingdom where Pelago-Spheniscidae relations have been cordial for quite some time now.

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