In the race to engulf greensward at irresponsible speeds which was the 1970s New Town scheme, it was hard for a fledgling metropolis to stand out amid the clamour. If you were neither notorious like Milton Keynes, nor hideous like Cumbernauld, how to get people looking – however disgustedly – in your direction? For plucky little Lancashire conurbation Runcorn, the answer was twofold: piggyback on the more well-known nearby town of Warrington, and encourage anyone interested in moving to the exciting new hyphenated location of ‘Warrington-Runcorn’ to ‘Ring Eileen Bilton now’ for more details. To let daylight in on magic for a second, Eileen Bilton was no more a solitary secretary in a box-room with a Trimphone and a pile of brochures than Ken Morse was just one bloke with one very busy rostrum camera, but the name of a rapidly expanding real estate partnership. Still, that’s the new town all over – promises exotic intrigue, delivers the same old splother as usual.
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The bloke who has to peel off the stickers with the bands’ names on off the set must have had the worst job in television. Wright was tolerable enough doing his poor man’s Kenny Everett shtick last time around, though obviously he gets way worse. We’re assuming that shot where Sue from Legs smiled right down the camera is already a thousand avatars. As you’ll remember Wright pointed out this show was originally on Friday, thanks to the Winter Olympics, and worse still it’s Bates again who, four years after his debut on Radio 1, is certainly making up for lost time in terms of Pops stints. Nice line-up, though, including we think Captain Beaky in primetime.
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