There are 2 main types of Talkshows.
- The "serious discussion" type programmes, which generally go out evenings (experts/politicians discussing weighty topics),
- The talkshows which take place during the day and are more "tabloid" (i.e. Superficial) in nature (celebrities discussing lighter themes)
- The unemployed
- Surprise star guest
- (Celeb) Wannabes
- The cheat/womaniser
- The cheated
- The other woman/mistress
- Members of the great unwashed
- "Father who needs a paternity test"
- Bird of paradise - extreme looking e.g. numerous piercings, a tattooed face, extremely overweight etc.
- A sometimes sympathetic, sometimes shaking his head in despair.
- Chairs, sofas on one side, audience on the other
- A sliding screen
- Camera crews
- Expert guests (sometimes)
- Lie detector
- Choice of doors
- Wall with projected silhouette to ensure guests remain anonymous
- Paternity tests
- Marriage proposals
- Unrequited love
- Internet love
- Disagreements, "Neighbours at war"
- Confessional, admitting guilt, double life
- Conflicting (and non-reconcilable) views on topics such as unemployment, adultery/sexual expression, children, etc.
Speech, appearance of the guests
- Chavvy (Google this)
- Mixed up expressions
- Crying, laughing
- Extremes of emotion
- Extreme views
- Provocation of other guests
Typical progression of events
- Send someone out, then ask all the remaining participants
- "Do you think you know why you are here?"
- Name a long list of women which have nothing to so with the issue at hand (I think it's because of Suzy, Annica, Catherine?)
- Give conflicting statements: "We are together/separated" – "No, we aren't!"
- "I told you, you didn't tell me"
- "XYZ still owes me money"
- Opening statement to present ones self "I am Joe Bloggs and I...."
- Comments, opinions and criticisms form the audience, asked for by the presenter
- Vocal taking of sides in the audience (agreement, dismissal, ostentatious unrealistic laughter, shaking of heads and so on…)
- Using text message to start/end a relationship…
- Internet lovers – meeting each other for the first time
- Somebody only appearing via telephone, someone who didn't dare come to the studio
- Staying behind, not in the studio
- Storming out of the show after an argument gets heated
- Everyone talks at once (only suitable for a short amount of time as it detracts)
- I can sing and want to show the world, wannabe singer
- I have a secret I want to confess (I really a man/woman, I lied to to you, I'm leading a double life, am a stripper…)
- I have contact to secret powers
- "Make a decision"
- Reconciliation (offered, even if not meant or accepted)
- Bringing an surprise guest into the studio
- Results of a test (lie detector, paternity test…) are revealed
- Asking (or begging) for forgiveness
- Artists (actors, authors, singers, musicians, directors…)
- Someone affected by the item of discussion
- Someone of noteworthy appearance and notoriety to liven things up (Nina Hagen, Klaus Kinski - UK equivalent would be Graham Norton, Jeremy Clarkson…)
- Presenter and/or interviewer
- Chairs, armchairs, sofas on one side, audience on the other
- Camera crews
- Current political themes
- Publishing or release of a book, cd film, a tour…
- Personal topics (illnesses, problems, dramatic experiences)
- Life story of the affected person, evaluation of their life, anecdotes involving them…
- Something explained by an expert
Language and demeanour of guests
- Politicians long-winded, say nothing meaningful, hot air, elude being pinned down and make for good discussions
- Experts serious, neutral, objective
- Organisations-/Lobbyists one-sided, also possibly long-winded, say nothing of meaning and full of hot air
- Artists make subtle references and adverts to their previous (last) work macht, talk about their work
- Sufferer / person affected cannot talk well, is not media savvy, stutters, gets muddled, appears unsure
- Interruptions due to film clips, displays, photos, music…
- Interpreters for foreign guests
- Introductory talk from the presenter
- Closing words from the presenter
- Drinks get poured/drunk
- An interview takes place
- Controversy, disagreement and argument are generally polite and objective
- Members of the audience are asked for their opinion
- Loud objections/agreements from the audience on controversial subjects
- Presenter attempts to ensure (his own) objectivity
- Guest arrives too late during the show
- Victims of verbal attacks leave the studio in a huff
- Those affected loose their self-control
- One of the participants steps out of their typical role (e.g. politician talks of his highly personal experiences)