ASPEL-HELMED LONDON-ONLY weekend-starting magazine, notable for launching television careers of JANET STREET-PORTER and DANNY BAKER, while MASTERMIND’s FRED HOUSEGO, CHRIS TARRANT and, on the way home from County Hall, KEN LIVINGSTONE were also on board. GREG DYKE was the brains behind it all. Became the most watched regional programme in Britain – unsurprising, really, with items like Janet jousting with pigeon fanciers or trying to raise a replica matchstick Titantic from a pond, or a live OB on Southend beach where the tide came in early and wrecked everything, or an item invaded by a bunch of kids, one of whom was promptly picked up by the reporter and thrown across the street. Most memorable moment of all was furious contretemps at a railway station twixt an officious British Rail employee and a swarthy Baker who was attempting to elicit voxpops from the capital’s plebs. Official: “Come on Danny, you know you can’t film here.” Baker: “How dare you! Don’t you dare speak to me like that!”
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A bit out of our jurisdiction here but since we were reminiscing about 2000 earlier on we may as well point out that one of that year’s big shows has reached its final episode – er, again, because of course it was axed a decade ago and then reprieved. This is almost certainly the end of it, though, and that’s a shame because we’ve always been fond of it, it can still come up with some nice stuff – Fry meeting his family the other week was a lovely episode – and even the worst episodes are nowhere near as bad as the worst episodes of The Simpsons. It never really took off like it might have, though, either in the USA or indeed in the UK, not helped by Channel Four’s atrocious scheduling of the original run – with new episodes broadcast at any time between 9am and 1am – and then no terrestrial channel bothering to buy the revived series and relying on Sky who themselves have booted in from pillar to post, right up to abruptly moving it from half six to nine o’clock last week. We’re not going to be desperately broken-hearted at its finale because it’s had a decent run, especially if they bring it back yet again, but even if you’ve drifted off over the years it’ll be worth a look, we’re sure.
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