Coro Street shocks Lianne

May 7th, 2011 at 10:08 am by David Farrar

Claire Trevett in the Herald reports:

Television has become so raunchy that even is no longer acceptable for children’s viewing, says Labour MP Lianne Dalziel.

She said the “Adults Only” television watershed should be moved to 7.30pm as 8.30pm no longer reflected the content of the shows broadcast.

Ms Dalziel put her request to the Broadcasting Standards Authority at the commerce select committee yesterday.

She said she had watched Coronation Street as a child when Ena Sharples ruled supreme, “and I would have to say its content at that stage was unremarkable”.

“The most raunchy part of it was Elsie Tanner having a divorce. But there was no question around parents being able to be sure about what their children were watching.”

Ms Dalziel said she had seen the British soap opera recently after years of not watching, and “was shocked”.

Oh please. Coronation Street is hardly shocking. Californication is shocking maybe, but not Coronation Street.

And good luck trying to enforce kids not being able to watch TV after 7.30 pm.

At the end of the day, it is up to parents to decide what they do or do not allow their kids to watch. The may have a role in making sure accurate information is provided to parents on the nature of a show or episode, so that parents are making well informed choices.

The future, when it is all digital, should be that parents can program their TVs to not show shows with violence or sex over certain levels, like one can do on Sky boxes.

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37 Responses to “Coro Street shocks Lianne”

  1. TripeWryter (716 comments) says:

    Yes, well, I was puzzled when I read this yesterday.

    What has caused Lianne Dalziel suddenly to take an interest in this?

    Perhaps our intrepid media could ask?

    She was a minister in a government that enthusiastically elevated the rights of children above the rights and responsibilities of parents.

    She voted for Sue Bradford’s private member’s bill that interfered with how parents disciplined and brought up their children.

    It’s been good for a headline and a sound-bite.

    It is up to parents to monitor what their children do. It’s what I did. It’s not hard if you bend your mind and your will to it.

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  2. Put it away (2,880 comments) says:

    The only shocking thing would be if any kids want to watch Coronation street.

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  3. ephemera (557 comments) says:

    Fucking prude.

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  4. Clint Heine (1,571 comments) says:

    I’ll have you know that Corrie is massive here for all ages. Just you wait for the hot lesbian action, that will be hitting your screens in about 8 or 9 months. :)

    Either way, Lianne may be trying to cater to her conservative Canterbury constituents. Her polling might be throwing her some interesting conclusions!

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  5. Nookin (3,467 comments) says:

    Coronation street should be on between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m

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  6. m@tt (631 comments) says:

    Lianne is on a hiding to nothing here, seems a strange fight to want to pick. Would be better I would have thought to complain over the show and simply let the BSA do it’s job. I doubt much would change.

    “At the end of the day, it is up to parents to decide what they do or do not allow their kids to watch”
    If we can’t trust parents not to pick up their kids and shake them to death how the hell can we trust them to do something as simple as regulate their TV intake?

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  7. nasska (11,813 comments) says:

    So worrying about kids watching a few boring poms breaking the monotony of their wretched lives by talking about sex should be a major concern to parents. Strangely I thought that shaking babies to death was more important.

    Ms Dalziel has much to teach us.

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  8. Rodders (1,755 comments) says:

    Leanne has sat through Labour caucus meetings for 2 decades and she still has the capacity to be shocked? :)

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  9. tom hunter (5,091 comments) says:

    I never really did watch Coro street as a kid but it was there in the background as my parents watched so I was aware of what was going on. Even that ended the moment I left home and I’ve only glimpsed it occasionally in the decades since. In fact there were times when I just assumed it had gone into retirement or died off along with it’s audiences of the 60’s and 70’s.

    But what I have seen has been … intriguing. It’s not the raunchy aspects that stand out but that they fit in with general hysteria, screaming, flying-off-the-handle arguments and so forth. There seems little or no sign of the traditional British characteristics of quiet fortitude, ironic humour, downplayed emotions and so forth. I could not imagine the likes of Ena Sharples and Hilda Ogden fitting in there. Aside from the accents it could be any American daytime/evening soap opera.

    Is this really what the British are like nowadays? Or is this just part of the general TV trend to be louder, more crass and more in-your-face in a desperate attempt to drag jaded eyeballs to the screen? Whatever the case, I must admit that it seems to work as I’m amazed by the number of people my age and younger who still watch this thing regularly.

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  10. Elaycee (4,410 comments) says:

    She said she had watched Coronation Street as a child when Ena Sharples ruled supreme, “and I would have to say its content at that stage was unremarkable”.

    Its a pity that, during her formative years she spent so much time watching Ena Sharples, as it has clearly had a lasting impression. Fast forward 40 years – she spent her time watching an action replay in the form of dear leader.

    Complete with the tongue of a wasp, the scowl of a horse eating thistles and only missing the hairnet.

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  11. Put it away (2,880 comments) says:

    Damn right rodders, Coro at 7:30 be buggered, the bigger worry for kids is hearing on the 6pm news what Labour MPs have been up to… “why did that man have no clothes on at that other man’s house, mummy?”. “What’s hotel porn?”. Etc. LOL

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  12. simo (151 comments) says:

    Lame Leftie looking for some limelight!!! The Goof aint got any hoof!

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  13. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    “Ooohhh… Jaack!”

    “Ooh.. Vera!”

    “‘owbout a ‘otpot down t’Rovers”

    “Ayup, lemme finish wit m’pidgeons”

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  14. Graeme Edgeler (3,290 comments) says:

    I love How Dalziel’s solution to Coronation Street (PGR) being too raunchy for 7:30pm is to allow network TV to show AO programmes from 7:30pm (instead of 8:30pm at present).

    Finally a member of the Labour Party caucus calling for less regulation, more freedom and less nanny state!

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  15. niggly (831 comments) says:

    PIA – brilliant :-)

    So all Dalziel has to do now is:

    1. Complain that 6pm TV news is also inappropriate viewing for kids (and society) …

    2. Complain to the Labour Party themselves that their MP’s regular actions are also totally inappropriate for kids (and society) … I can’t wait for that!

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  16. Inventory2 (10,436 comments) says:

    Elaycee said

    Its a pity that, during her formative years she spent so much time watching Ena Sharples, as it has clearly had a lasting impression. Fast forward 40 years – she spent her time watching an action replay in the form of dear leader.

    Complete with the tongue of a wasp, the scowl of a horse eating thistles and only missing the hairnet.

    Brilliant Elaycee, but can I just suggest one thing? The half-pint of milk stout needs to be replaced with a glass of chardonnay or a bowl of latte, depending on the time of day :-)

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  17. thedavincimode (6,877 comments) says:

    Buggar Coro St. What about Parliament???!!!!

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  18. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    Goff .. ok team, it’s election year, I want ideas to get out there and engage with the people and attack the Nats/Act/Mparty. After a few months, the white board includes:
    JK DPS cost are over budget (yeh I it happened in our day but ignore that fact)
    JK and some Ministers use our army/navy planes too much (yeh helen did it too but ignore that fact)
    JK has purchased BMW’s with heated seats (yeh I know we signed the contract but shhhh)
    CHCH hasn’t risen fast enough after the quakes (I know the task is complex but attack Brownlee anyway)
    employees aren’t prepared to pay 16-17 yo school drop outs the same as more experienced workers (hey, drop outs are our votors)
    Coronation St is too rude

    BRILLIANT

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  19. Dazzaman (1,146 comments) says:

    Although Coro is not exactly shocking, it’s a far cry from the Ena Sharples, Minnie Caldwell, Annie Walker, etc. days when it was more of a sedate, understated mirror on working class society. Today, it’s turned into a classic soap opera with “baagum” accents….I don’t watch it anymore. I suggest Lianne doesn’t either!

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  20. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    There are plenty of tits on One News. And Close Up. And Q&A.

    Should come with a warning, really.

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  21. niggly (831 comments) says:

    Some “tits” are more equal than other tits?

    (The later referring to anatomy, the former isn’t) :-)

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  22. Paulus (2,668 comments) says:

    Oh Lianne D – your Coro Street namesake is a damn sight better looking than you have ever been – just jealousy I suspect.

    This I assume is just trying to get publicity for your Christchurch Mayoral chances, as Jim stuffed them for labour last time.
    You have lost a large number of constituency voter, who have left, for other parts, so your seat is vulnerable.

    Pathetic, but typical labour

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  23. iMP (2,422 comments) says:

    DPF “parents will be programming their TVs..”
    Yeah Right. They’ll be asking their kids to show them how or getting them to do it. ulp.
    I agree with you, not the job of Granny State; typical Dalzielism.

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  24. iMP (2,422 comments) says:

    OK, so can we now play
    Match the Parliament with Coro Street Characters. A W3 starter for ten..

    Stan Ogden… Parekura Horomia with glasses (same beer pot)
    Else Tanner… Hone Harahopless, cos she always argued with Ena
    Ena Sharples…Pita Sharples.

    The floodgates are open KiwiBloggers…

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  25. iMP (2,422 comments) says:

    Ken Barlow…Lockwood Smith (seem to be around forever and both have that square jaw thing goin’).

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  26. reid (16,634 comments) says:

    Lianne is on a hiding to nothing here, seems a strange fight to want to pick.

    It does indeed. I agree with the suggestions above that her polling is at heart here and she’s aiming at traditionalists but if so why attack one of the very institutions they cherish?

    An interesting move on the political chessboard.

    I wonder what else she’s planning on saying?

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  27. scanner (340 comments) says:

    Perhaps she should also ask for Parlimentary TV to be resheduled to a later spot in the times as well, after all what be good for children in allowing them to see the laziness, lying, deceipt, theft, childish name calling and bullshit that goes on there.

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  28. James (1,338 comments) says:

    There’s nowt as strange as fuck…er folk!

    ;-0

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  29. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    maybe she would prefer a show with a single mum or even better, a single (divorced guy) bloke trying hard to help raise their only child while having to earn a living and pay maintenance to his ex wife even after she shacks up with and then marries another guy while he continues to come to terms with the affects of the divorce. Add in that he can’t afford a place of his own so moves in with a family member .. say a sister or even a brother. This is real life stuff which affects people all over NZ. many of these people would be left leaning voters, as is Coro St as it turns out, so the program could almost be a subliminal weekly ad for the Labour Party.
    The issue is , what to call such a raw real life programme .. I would have a catchy name like, I don’t know .. how about 2 1/2 men?
    So, lets have more of this show to make Dalziel happy.

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  30. Michael (911 comments) says:

    If parents don’t like what the children are watching then they should switch the TV off, even if the kids complain. And then let them loose on the internet…

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  31. ross (1,437 comments) says:

    It’s not the first time that Lianne Dalziel has complained about what’s on TV. Back in the early 90s, she wrote to TVNZ and complained about their coverage of the Peter Ellis case. She seemed to think TVNZ was too sympathetic of Ellis, whom she believed was a child molester. I believe that she never disclosed that she had a conflict of interest to declare…that she had a personal relationship with two of the child complainants who testified against Ellis. She of course was later sacked from her Immigration portfolio for lying in relation to a separate matter. She is not an honourable MP and when she eventually leaves Parliament, she won’t be missed.

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  32. simo (151 comments) says:

    Ka-Blam Ross – there is always hidden dirt that explains “part” of Lianne’s position, however, desperation is setting in with this nonsense, as reid says what a strange fight to pick…..

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  33. reid (16,634 comments) says:

    as reid says what a strange fight to pick

    That was m@tt actually.

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  34. Diziet Sma (96 comments) says:

    Granny State?

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  35. GJ (329 comments) says:

    When will wake up and learn that whatever kids watch on TV they feel must be acceptable to society and then wonder why they get arrested for doing it! Surely a no brainer really. Personally I can’t understand why anyone would want to watch Coronation Street.

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  36. David Garrett (7,557 comments) says:

    has it occurred to anyone that Lianne may have spent too long in the Snug (it’ll make sense to older fans of Corrie) before making those comments?

    It was a lot raunchier when Bet Lynch was – literally – hanging out behind the bar…Lianne can’t object that to fact that seemingly half the characters are gay or bisexual, surely?

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  37. Innocent bystander (163 comments) says:

    Is this Labour addressing the issues that really matter to NZers? Seriously?

    If you don’t like something, don’t watch it. And if you don’t like your kids watching it, try doing your fucking job as a parent and stop expecting the state to do it for you. Pretty simple really.

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