Thursday 1 November

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Hangover Patch: Licence To Booze?
First up: Is a new vitamin patch that promises to make hangovers a thing of the past for little more than couple of quid, well is that a genius invention or the very worst news for boozed up Brits? Think about it: if you could drink till you black out and wake up the next day with no headache, no urge to vomit. What would stop you from getting bladdered?

We’ll take plenty of calls on that before it's over to Iwan for the rest of today's headlines.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Make Gender Swap Kids Wait Til 18
Moving on: After a 17-year-old sex swap patient had a last minute change of heart and decided he didn’t want to become a girl after all, we’re asking if youngsters should be barred from even setting down that route until they’re fully fledged adults?
Should schools who allow pupils with gender dysmorphia to dress as the opposite sex have a rethink lest they stand accused of further confusing troubled teenage minds?

Part 6: Topless Blokes On Kids’ Tv
After that we’re going to hear if any of you have reservations about the growing number of topless blokes parading on kids TV? Merlin, Deadly 60, Horrible Histories have all featured bare chested men and some on the team worry what these images will do to the young minds trying to take it all in? Will little girls see men as sex objects? Will little boys feel horrible inferior?

Part 7: Do Charity Direct Debits Take Into Debt?
And finally: More than 3m people have set up direct debits for charity and statistically speaking a third of them will go overdrawn every month - something that cost you nigh no £700 quid a year which is more than most of us donate in the first place. So I’m wondering if charity direct debits should be the first things to go when you’re trying to save cash?

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Comments (32)

  • gabrielle amante

    over 1 year ago

    gabrielle amante

    I think all of you at the wright show are pig ignorant for groaning at Mat's photo - You showed that photo and elicited that response. My children have learned so much from Horrible Histories and we have met Mat. He is a very kind person. Shame on you.

  • Orla White

    over 1 year ago

    Orla White

    Horrible Histories is about telling children the truth which is also what they want to hear. The fact that these historical figures walked around topless is true and excalty why the show decided to do this. Also the show does not say this is what boys should look like, it is simply what the actor looks like and has been asked to do. The fact that you groawned in discugst at Mat Baynton's apperence angers me as you are controdicting yourself. Saying that there is no perfect body and then insulting Mat about his body to me is discusting. I for one supprot Mat and have so much respect for him by being so confident in him slef and his body to be able to peform topless, no matter who the auidance is.

  • Ellie

    over 1 year ago

    Ellie

    It is absolutley ridiculous how they have said that about horrible histories. In some sketches they need to be topless for the role. And, aren't boys used to seeing men and other boys topless? If they were filming a sketch with egyptians that were topless, it would be pointless to have them fully clothed. And it was wrong to say that about mathew baynton too. I bet Mat has acheived a lot more then any of you have. Mat has also worked really hard writing and acting horrible histories-so has the rest of the cast. I am REALLY, REALLY annoyed.

  • Emily

    over 1 year ago

    Emily

    i'm sorry! you are having a go at horrible histories why? just because they want to make the show more educational they want to show what life was like back in the past? Mathew Baynton has worked really hard on that show writing and preforming songs and helping write the show! so dont have a go at him just for making a educational show!

  • El

    over 1 year ago

    El

    What's their problem with horrible histories? Its not like egyptians wore shirts was it? Also, why did they groan at Mat Baynton? No need for the 'eugh' was there? Not pleased

  • Emma

    over 1 year ago

    Emma

    Horrible Histories and Deadly 60 are educational, so the kids will be taking in the information, not looking at their bodies. Merlin is aimed at the older kids so they won't care because a lot of shows also have topless men. The real problem is shows like Made in Chelsea and TOWIE, which aren't helping anyone and a lot of kids are watching them because their parents let them, so it's not the actors/ producers fault.

  • Hannah

    over 1 year ago

    Hannah

    excuse me? "there's no real reason for it" so apparently educating kids about what men wore in sparta isn't a good reason for having topless men? i don't quite think men wearing a shirt on horrible histories would quite have the same effect do you? have kids never been swimming? men don't wear whole suits then do they? this is exactly the same thing. never have i known or heard of a boy wanting to lose weight so he can be like Mathew Baynton, steve backshall or anyone from Merlin. This report has made me so angry.

  • Kerenza

    over 1 year ago

    Kerenza

    There ARE editorial reasons why they're topless on TV! Merlin - hard physical labour - if they were wearing shirts then they probably would have over heated. Deadly 60 - Steve takes off his shirt when he needs to get into the water, this can help him swim better. Horrible Histories - HISTORICALLY ACCURATE SHOW. Egyptians and Spartans etc didn't go around wearing shirts did they?! They weren't around then; if they weren't bare chested kids would be confused. Women have been seen as a sex symbol for years, never men. Men didn't complain at women being a sex symbol, so don't complain at men going around topless on TV for non sexual reasons. I think you should take a look at the comment Mathew Baynton mad on twitter (the guy that was groaned at -_- rude.) he made a few good points.

  • Kira

    over 1 year ago

    Kira

    Horrible Histories is a historically accurate sketch show, so I think it is absurd to say that they have no editorial reason for showing topless men. They show topless men so that children can understand what they would have worn (or not worn) in certain parts of history. They also show topless men to emphasize points - for example, the picture shown was a character from ancient Sparta. It would only make sense to show them topless to emphasize the fact that they were tough, strong warriors, which was the point they were trying make. They were also making it historically accurate that, simply and obviously, they wore little clothing. I also feel that thinking Horrible Histories gives young boys 'body issues' is wrong. The men on there are normal blokes, not body builders!

  • Emily

    over 1 year ago

    Emily

    i think it's awful how they say Horrible Histories is innapropiate. Girls will no way near think that men are just 'tools' ,Horrible Histories is an accurate historical sketch show. They dress like this to show the accurcay from the history and Horrible Histories is a fun, child friendly show! They don't mean anything else at all! It brings thousands of fans worldwide and i think it is ridiculous!

  • Jus

    over 1 year ago

    Jus

    Lazy lazy lazy 'reporting' HH is a fantastic show that celebrates our rich history. It shows children some of the fantastic characters that have done great things (and not so great) no wonder your 'researchers' find it offensive, it's actually educational. You should invite Mat Baynton on your programme as he is a fantastic role model to children.

  • Sapphra

    over 1 year ago

    Sapphra

    You want reasons as to why they are topless? To make the show historically accurate! There are loads of editorial reasons as to why the actors are shirtless. It's been said countless times already on the comments by people who obviously have more sense than the audience and panel on this poor excuse for a show. Maybe put less money on the make-up team (being caked in make-up to make yourselves attractive must make the viewers very secure) and more money on the research.

  • Abi

    over 1 year ago

    Abi

    Topless men: Mathew Baynton‏@realmatbaynton Just watched item on yday's Wright Stuff lumped HH in with other shows that feature 'gratuitous male nudity with no editorial reason' ... The point of HH is to be historically accurate. Egyptians, Spartans etc wore little clothing. Editorial reason. And... Actions speak louder than words. Any point to be made about boys becoming insecure about their bodies by seeing 'perfect' bodies on tv... was undercut by the fact they whooped at musclemen and groaned at the skinny bloke. Any boy watching will remember that more than the words. I think that about sums it up, really. HH is a respectable children's television show- they are in costume for a reason, they wear what people would have worn, so anything else would be inaccurate. And they do not provide an unrealistic image for young boys- they are presented as real people, not as esx objects.

  • Megan Kirk

    over 1 year ago

    Megan Kirk

    It's a bit ridiculous. The horrible histories cast only go topless for scenes if it is a historically accurate time period & they don't do it to make children feel self conscious.

  • Buffy

    over 1 year ago

    Buffy

    Re: Using Horrible Histories is a debate about topless man and body image, I whole heartedly agree with all the positive comments on here about Horrible Histories. it is an educational and extremely funny show which aims to be historically accurate. Your audiences attitude to the body builder and the skinny guy was far more detrimental to any young boys watching then anything they would see on HH. All the actors on HH are very talented actors & writers, who should be applauded for what they do and not judged purely on how many clothes they are wearing in the sketches. Also these men are all different shapes and sizes and therefore make wonderful role models.

  • Suzi Gwen

    over 1 year ago

    Suzi Gwen

    Another example of Horrible Histories actor, Mathew Baynton's positive influence towards kids: He sings folk songs at family-friendly gigs, wearing shirts buttoned up to the neck!

  • Jane Bridges

    over 1 year ago

    Jane Bridges

    J Bridges Take a look at the David Beckham posters, then tell us the talented men on Horrible Histories are causing body issues with the young boy's of today!!

  • Suzi Gwen

    over 1 year ago

    Suzi Gwen

    Horrible Histories has a positive effect on young, impressionable minds. It educates kids (and adults) and makes them laugh. It encourages interest in a subject that a lot of kids find boring at school. The actors who sometimes feature topless, for historical accuracy are a range of shapes and sizes which also gives kids a positive impression and I certainly can't see how the show could be part of the deeper psychological roots to eating disorders or body dysmorphia. Mathew Baynton, whose picture was rudely groaned at, in particular, is a positive influence to all his fans as he supports good causes and makes his thousands of Twitter followers aware of these causes. The way children grow up to perceive men or women and their physiques is also accounted for by their upbringing as well as what's presented to them by the media. Speaking of which, I'm glad my son wasn't home to hear your reaction to Mat's picture because *that* probably would have made him feel insecure!

  • Traxy

    over 1 year ago

    Traxy

    Historical correctness aside, I fail to see how the blokes on Horrible Histories could be perceived as bad role models. None of them are bodybuilders, they're all perfectly ordinary men of various sizes and "buffness", but none of them are treated any different than the others. If anything, that's a great example to set to kids!

  • Kate

    over 1 year ago

    Kate

    The Men on Horrible Histories are a wide-range of perfectly normal body shapes who would give boys healthy, realistic expectations of what they should look like if that's even happening at all. You should be slamming negative role models, not positive ones.

  • Leanne

    over 1 year ago

    Leanne

    Regarding the men going topless subject I think it is a sign of feminism in a way. Women have been seen as sex symbols for years. I guess it's turned the other way and women and young girls are openly admiring the male physique. In a way some women may feel liberated by objectifying men in the way they have been objectyfied. I think it's just a phase and we will get past it, and one day things will even out. So that men and women will not be as bothered by all this as much. Or it could be an indication of a society that is becoming increasingly shallow. I'm not sure. Sex sells, always has. It works both ways. Most sex scenes in films are not necessary, but they are there, because people like sex. That's not to say that it is ALL we like. And I hope there is more to our species.

  • Holly

    over 1 year ago

    Holly

    Horrible Histories is to educate children about the past, no child I have ever met who has seen HH has been affected by it. At least they're not lying to children.

  • Steph B

    over 1 year ago

    Steph B

    About the Topless thing. It's a Children's show. Horrible Histories is a great TV Series, what's wrong with men being topless? There are some sketches which features some of them LOOKING like they're in the nip. But it's covered,.It focuses on educating children, not anything else. I don't see how it is affecting the viewers.

  • Steph B

    over 1 year ago

    Steph B

    The hell? Really? Topless blokes, so what? Gosh, it's a Children's show for heaven's sake, not a porn video. Horrible Histories is a great TV Series, what's wrong with men being topless? I mean, yeah, there are some sketches which features some of them LOOKING like they're in the nip. But it's covered, isn't it? Oh wait, it isn't. They just walk around naked, showing off their "bits" (Sarcasm) Why aren't you all archaeologists? There isn't enough dirt for you to dig up here!

  • Nikki Jayne

    over 1 year ago

    Nikki Jayne

    Regarding HH giving young boys body issues, the point if the show is to teach children about history as accurately as possible, therefore you would expect Egyptians, celtics and specific other eras to ware little clothes. The men in the show have healthy appearances which is a body image we want all boys to grow up with. I find it hypocritical that they whoop at the more muscular men and groaned at the skinny ones. That sends more of a mixed message to boys than the shows you were criticising

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  • Suzi Gwen

    over 1 year ago

    Suzi Gwen

    Thought it might be a good idea for all at TWS to take a look at what Mathew Baynton, the actor from Horrible Histories, who photograph you showed, yesterday during the 'Topless Blokes' discussion, had to say on Twitter: ‎"Just watched item on yday's Wright Stuff lumped HH in with other shows that feature 'gratuitous male nudity with no editorial reason' ...The point of HH is to be historically accurate. Egyptians, Spartans etc wore little clothing. Editorial reason. And...Actions speak louder than words. Any point to be made about boys becoming insecure about their bodies by seeing 'perfect' bodies on tv...was undercut by the fact they whooped at musclemen and groaned at the skinny bloke. Any boy watching will remember that more than the words." I wholeheartedly agree.

  • Sarah Thomas

    over 1 year ago

    Sarah Thomas

    What everyone failed to mention with regards to the topless men on Horrible Histories is that it is a historically accurate sketch show. Therefore, if a sketch about Celtic warriors who fought nude is shown, it would make little sense if they filmed the actors wearing clothing of any sort. Actually, Mat Baynton (the last man they showed who everyone groaned at - great message to send out to young boys, eh?) made a very good defence of this point on Twitter, definitely worth a look.

  • Paul wilson

    over 1 year ago

    Paul wilson

    Nothing wrong with men going topless. Also it is nice to see a nice body if it is in good shape. Are we going to put an end to page 3 girls? Why is that still acceptable, but not men on kids tv. Professional male boxers go topless and you see men topless during the summer. This is 2012 and not the Victorian era.

  • laura haynes

    over 1 year ago

    laura haynes

    Where did mathhew get his poppy from? Thank you Laura in from reading berkshire x

  • Si

    over 1 year ago

    Si

    Regarding having Sky or smartphones, these are mainly under contract for two years, so we should really speak to these companies to make it easier to exit when times become economically hard. With regards to foodbanks turn off your tv's & if you have a garden start planting fruit, herbs & vegetables, surely this would ease a big cost on the weekly shop, also healthy due to fresh air & exercise & the children will learn from an early age where some of their food comes from teaching them skills for life & also how to budget, hoping dropping the I WANT culture, it is also soothing helps de-stress, also composting your peelings, shows further recycling skills. Just a thought.

  • scarlette ciccone

    over 1 year ago

    scarlette ciccone

    Regards food banks..Running a house cost £20 a week gas £ 20 Electric in cold weather.£ 10 week water then there is pohne and travel bus fares are £17 a week this s the mimimum that comes to £67 a week no money for food so yea we need food banks. I am on benefit after a severe breakdown due to a death of a close relative and have always worled and go back to work in two weeks but for some this is a grim reality. some people do claim benefits for genuine reasons r

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