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Jun. 25th, 2009 | 10:14 am

Is it just me or do there seem to be a lot of military types on Radio 4 at the moment?

I can't really point to specifics as I've not been keeping track - apart from Book Of The Week being "The Junior Officer's Reading Club", that's an easy one - but I seem to be hearing a lot of, say, radio plays about soldiers in Afghanistan, or programs with guests who just happen to be ex-military and talking about their experiences, usually in the context of a book they have out. Maybe there's a quota.

The drama always seem incredibly uncritical and politically naive, "y'know it's tough out there and sometimes people get a bit cross but they're doing a good job in the end", and also just, well, bad. (A lot of Radio 4 drama is bad in my opinion, and is just saved by the quality of the acting, which is generally high.) The guests... how interesting they are depends on the individual, but it always feels as if the host is sitting there in awe at the fact that they've been in a war, and asks lots of dumb questions. Which the guests probably find quite irritating I imagine.

Of course you won't hear anything remotely critical said about Afghanistan on Radio 4 anyway. Remember, it's the good war.

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