I’m about to record another Mark Watson Kicks Off and, although this is a bit boring, I thought I would quickly clarify why the show is so awfully similar to Fighting Talk, on Five Live. This is of no interest to most people who read this blog, but every time the show’s on TV, several people on Twitter tweet me to say ‘you appear to have nicked the idea for the show from Fighting Talk’. It’s time-consuming to respond each time, but I don’t like to let the reputation for plagiarism gather around me. I’d rather be known as an innovator. Then when I DO have to nick an idea, I should get away with it.
So. Fighting Talk is made for Five Live by a production company called World’s End (Johnny Vaughan’s company, in fact). They invented the show and own the rights to it. They approached ITV – because the BBC had already had a go at doing a TV version, and failed. ITV commissioned it. World’s End approached me to host the show, because Colin Murray (who hosts the radio show) is tied up with BBC, and I am the replacement who looks like the most like Colin Murray.
But the new show couldn’t be called Fighting Talk as the BBC wouldn’t allow it to be the same as one of their ongoing radio shows. So it’s Mark Watson Kicks Off.
And that’s that. No stealing. Just a re-brand. You can’t steal your own property. I tried to nick £400 from myself recently and it soon turned up in my account again.
I realise this has not been very exciting but it means every time someone tweets me about this, I can now send them a link to this blog rather than expend 33 tweets trying to summarise this story.
So if you’re reading this blog because I sent you here to settle a dispute – I hope from now on we can have happier times together. I’m here every day. And now I’m going to do what people often do to ME when I receive a link to a website, and spam the hell out of you.
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