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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This series has now indeed started, and this first series makes for pretty intriguing viewing, not least for the prizes which the other day saw someone foolishly turn down an Amstrad CPC, and although it’s an easy target some of the outfits really do have to be seen to be believed. We’d totally forgotten that you initially had to answer questions before you got your hands on the wheel, presumably to appease the IBA into making into more of a game of skill. Impressive though her twirling is, Angela Ekaette isn’t particularly charismatic though pretty soon, maybe even today, she’s jettisoned in favour of Carol.
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