What the BBC badly need to do, is revert the show to its old format - one main presenter (e.g. Dr Lintott) expounding on Astronomy, plus *relevant* guest experts, and loose the current crop of b-list cabaret circuit comedians and fading celebs, who have infested the show like roaches over the past few years - if I wanted to see that lot, I'd be watching the One Show, sick bag in hand.
Like a lot of other BBC sourced science programs (e.g. Horizon), Sky at Night has been dumbing down for some time, and, frankly, both the programme and the licence-fee payers deserve better.
struggling to see how this is Insightful.
The people on, and involved with S@N are amateur astronomers. They may well be celebs who have faded, or comedians on the comedy circuit, but as far as S@N is concerned, they're intrigued by the stars.
As for Horizon... I like what Horizon talks about, I frequently quibble with how they present that topic, or debate. For a while, it's been too much fancy camera work, and way too much dramatic tension voiceover. One problem Horizon has, is that it's one of a few. It can't easily turn around and say "if you want hardcore, see 'Horizon (hardcore edition)'" or whatever, so it carries the mantle and has to appeal to a broad spectrum. The other problem is the fancy camera work and dramatic tension voiceover.