Thursday, 3 November 2011


Next week I'm going to the Southbank to watch Christopher Hitchens in conversation with Stephen Fry. Except only one of them will actually be there. Very sadly Christopher Hitchens is too ill to travel, so he'll be taking part from his home in the US via a large screen. Despite this and a fairly chunky ticket price the event is sold out.

Thirteen cinemas are also selling tickets to people who are happy to be in a different location watching this cross-location conversation, in addition, there is a pay-per-view live online stream and, if you miss that, a recorded broadcast on BBC Worldwide.

All of this an interesting indication of peoples' appetite for live and indeed what they actually consider live to mean.