Last Night’s TV – Piers Morgan, Real Lives: Gordon Brown

by Lynn Connolly

If this was an attempt at convincing Britain that behind the veneer of implacability and stoic resistance to criticism lay a Gordon Brown who was touchy feely, it was too little too late.

I am devastated by the prospect of a Tory government, and even more so by the prospect of Hooray Henry and chinless wonder David Cameron heading it, but Gordon Brown has shot himself in the foot too often for the bullet holes to be miraculously healed by one “see, I’m human” interview.

And on a personal level, I’ve never been able to forgive Gordon for his part in ousting Tony Blair, who I consider to be one of this country’s greatest leaders. However, this isn’t a party political broadcast so I’ll move on and actually review the show, which was…

We saw and heard genuine emotion as Brown talked to Piers about the tragic death of his daughter and his son’s illness. And pans to Sarah showed that the couple are united and on the same sad page.

However, it was rapidly clear that Piers had been given a remit and a set of strictly verboten areas. Morgan is of course famed for his intrusive and questioning style of interviewing, and often, he gets answers where others have failed, simply because he takes his subject by surprise.

But I suspect that there was not one moment of this interview that wasn’t pre-approved by Brown and his advisors. And that’s fine on some levels, however it negates the whole point of this show.

As I said, Piers is justifiably known as a ‘probing’ journalist when wearing his interviewer’s hat, so to have a pre-rehearsed and formulaic interview was, arguably, turning his show into a lengthy party political broadcast.

And hearing how Brown came to office sounded rather like a little kid making excuses for bullying behaviour. His self belief is admirable, but there’s a time and a place for it and he’s always been in the wrong one. Still is.

So did Piers get to the heart of the man? Did we see anything we’d never seen before? No, in short, we didn’t. This was a lip-service of a show and I’m horribly afraid we’re going to see Cameron in that chair sometime soon, giving his version of “I’m ordinary, honestly I am” too. *Shudders*

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.