NED SHERRIN-led roundtable arts discussion pot-pourri which initially threw together unlikely combinations of semi-regulars including Stephen Fry (as ‘Dr Donald Trefusis’), John Walters, Richard Jobson, Emma Freud, Craig Charles, Samantha Fox, Jonathan Ross, Pip Dann, Robert Elms, Carol Thatcher, Alan Bennett, and anyone else who could throw together three or four words on the popularity of EastEnders or the latest Mike Leigh film, while over in the corner Victor Lewis-Smith fired off breakneck speed tape-wind-festooned listener-scaring reports on whatever took his fancy. Caused several unexpected outrages, not least over Fry’s celebrated rant about ‘parent power’, Elms shouting at someone who sniffed at graphic novels, and Lewis-Smith’s accidental invention of the ‘Master Bates, Seaman Staines and Roger The Cabin Boy’ myth. Still going under the watchful eye of Clive Anderson but, with most of its oddball regulars long since gone, largely degenerated into PR puff-piece parking lot for anyone with a book to plug.Read More
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Why is radio advertising so dreadful, then? It’s remarkable how innovative it can be on television, online and even in print, yet the techniques of radio advertising don’t appear to have moved on one inch since the seventies, still relying on pedestrian humour, unconvincing dialogue and horrendous jingles, all topped and tailed of course by those high speed disclaimers delivered in a way nobody has ever spoken in any other context. That alone is enough to ensure Creamguide rarely strays from the Beeb, but of course ILR and its successors have been responsible outside the adverts for many innovations, though less so now they’ve been able to drop both the I and the L.
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- In 'In One Ear', Richard Davies says: "She seemed to turn up in things well into the 1990s, not seen much since the mid 1990s revival of Going For a Song."
- In 'Yugo', Richard16378 says: "The quote is from Dragnet."
- In '‘Words’ by FR David', Morgan says: "Always known as the Constipation Song in our house “….turds don’t come easy to me.” I’m here all week..."
- In 'Yugo', Morgan says: "An easy ten points if you can name the film this reasonably priced automobile starred in? Here is a massive clue: Sgt. Joe Friday narrating: “After losing..."
- In 'Colin’s Sandwich', THX 1139 says: "Watching this again recently, I’d forgotten how frustrating it was with Colin his own worst enemy, procrastinating, losing faith in..."