Timandra Harkness: Take a Risk
- Marissa Burgess
- 20 August 2019
This article is from 2019
No chance of being ridiculed in this interactive show about risk
How many of us like to take risks? Maybe you don't think of yourself as a gambler? You may not have visited a casino but plenty have bought a lottery ticket and wondered what might be. Life itself holds plenty of risks, both large and small, so we're all gambling at least on some scale. Though often considered a bad thing, the taking of risks is encouraged by Timandra Harkness, who points out that if our ancestors hadn't taken some chances, then life for us would be very different today.
There's a lot of audience participation here. As you might expect from a show based on probability and indeed called Take a Risk, it's highly random too with everyone taking a raffle ticket: don't think you'll get away with hiding in the back. But not to worry as this isn't ridiculing audience-participation by any means. This Radio 4-style audience, particularly on a quiet-ish midweek morning, are a lovely genteel lot, while Harkness is a warm and welcoming host who puts you at your ease; even if at one point she's brandishing an electric-shock machine she found in her shed.
And so we move through a series of fun games, probing at the odds of outcomes and answering questions on who are at the lowest risk in society and who are at the most. A fun hour that's guaranteed to be different every day. Though there will always be plenty of fortune cookies no doubt.
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