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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Despite wearing the worst jumper in television history and getting the names of at least four songs wrong, Bates impressed the producers enough a few weeks ago to be invited back here, and indeed invited back every few weeks for the next eight years. Still he’s not on much and if you’re a fan of uncharismatic bespectacled men who look a bit out of place, you’re in luck because we also get Rupert Holmes. In fact it’s a right eclectic mix because the whole show lasts a whopping 45 minutes – so well worth recording the late one – and as they scour the lower reaches of the charts to fill out the line-up there’s a debut for a very famous band indeed.
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