Enough Rope

Enough Rope

Infobox Television
show_name = Enough Rope with Andrew Denton

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creator =Andrew Denton
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starring = Andrew Denton
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country = AUS
language = English
network = ABC1
first_aired = 2003
last_aired = present
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website = http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/
imdb_id = 0358316
tv_com_id = 20930

"Enough Rope with Andrew Denton" (often shortened to "Enough Rope") is a television talk show broadcast on ABC1 in Australia. The title of the show comes from the phrase "Give someone enough rope and they will hang themselves".

"Enough Rope" is the brainchild of Australian comedian, social critic, producer and media personality Andrew Denton. The hour long, commercial-free chat show has aired since 2003. The show initially competed against the Nine Network's "Micallef Tonight" in the Monday 9:30pm timeslot, and critics have claimed that "Enough Rope"'s high ratings forced Nine to axe their program.who|date=may2008 Throughout 2004 and 2005 "Enough Rope" continued to dominate, averaging well over a million viewers weekly.

Denton's meticulous research in interview preparation usually impresses his high profile guests. The show is often noted for its 'human' stories where everyday people share their extraordinary life stories. The show is essentially 'no frills', and is presented in front of a sizable live studio audience.

At the beginning of both 2007 and 2008, the series began with a "More than Enough Rope" specials, a series that looked past guest with a 'behind the scenes' look to it.

Famous guests

Denton often flies to international destinations to conduct his interviews. Some of the high profile international guests have included former US President Bill Clinton, director Steven Spielberg, Al Gore, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Geldof, actors Antonio Banderas and Helen Mirren, Bono, Dave Grohl, Dr Jane Goodall, Elton John and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

On a local level, comedian Dave Hughes opened up about what led him to give up alcohol and lifestyle television pioneer and Aussie icon Don Burke shed some light on the axing of his iconic show, "Burke's Backyard". Enough Rope was at the centre of political controversy in 2005 as the result of a controversial interview with former ALP opposition leader Mark Latham which almost did not make it on to the air (Latham was also interviewed for "Lateline"). In 2004, Denton interviewed the controversial anti-immigration figure from Australian politics, Pauline Hanson, who attempted to defend the claims that she was not a racist [ [http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/transcripts/s1203646.htm ENOUGH ROPE with Andrew Denton - episode 60: Pauline Hanson (20/09/2004) ] ] . In addition to celebrities, Denton's interviewees have included people who have lived interesting lives or hold interesting professions, such as veterinarians, taxi drivers and diving instructors. An occasional feature of the show is "Show & Tell", in which Denton interviews members of the studio audience, who reveal interesting stories about themselves.

See also

* List of Enough Rope with Andrew Denton guests in 2008
* List of Enough Rope with Andrew Denton guests in 2007
* List of Enough Rope with Andrew Denton guests in 2006
* Publication of Latham's Diaries and public appearances
* List of Australian television series
* Dorothy Parker's first book was called Enough Rope

External links

* [http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/ "Enough Rope with Andrew Denton" on ABC]


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