A second programme this week catching up with the subjects of a vintage documentary, and this one sounds even more fascinating. In 1975 the cameras visited one Michael Cooper – hence the “Mini” – who seemed like a normal eleven year old but was in fact a serial arsonist who burnt his own house down. The Beeb met him again in 1985 when he was making a living as a cabaret performer under the name of Johnny Oddball, a programme you’ll be able to see in full on the red button after this has finished. Nearly thirty years on it’s well worth catching up with him again, which is what Alan Yentob, appearing on two channels at once, is going to do here.
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We’ve lost interest in these in recent years, not just because we find Jonathan Ross totally insufferable and because so much current comedy is pretty rubbish, but also because part of the appeal used to be the chance to see clips of Stewart Lee and Simon Amstell on primetime ITV. Not quite so exciting now it’s on such a self-consciously alternative channel, but here they plough on anyway.
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