CHAMELEONIC Monday morning discussion show, originally concieved as a light discussion of topical events (well, as ‘light’ as a discussion led by Richard Baker ever could be), with poets and droll wordsmiths dropping in to do their stuff as a kind of interlude. Then under Russell Harty it became more or less – what else? – a chat show, before Melvyn Bragg and Jeremy Paxman took it off into somewhat more serious climes. Accompanied for many years by bookending Saturday music and satire Robert Robinson extravaganza Stop The Week, and the self-explanatory Midweek, most famous as a source of anecdotes about Victor Lewis-Smith winding up regular anchorwoman Libby Purves.Read More
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THEN little more than ‘That Bloke Off The Last Resort’ roped in to do holiday cover on the more irreverent shows (normally Janice Long’s), eventually promoted to his own big-budget effort broadcast live from Ronnie Scott’s with a studio audience and Victor Lewis-Smith and Danny Baker in tow. Odd tendency towards featuring live bands with a distinctly visual flavour, including on one occasion pyrotechnic-crazy rhino-headed bafflements GWAR.Read More
CRANK phonecall-wielding late night humour from the one-time hi-tech one-man lunatic fringe of comedy, taking the tape-wind festooned piss out of the big targets of the day (Kenneth Branagh and Acid House, mainly) and Esther Rantzen from the perspective of his peculiar high-speed early sixties-fixated monochrome comic universe, with music from harmonising bible-bashers Take 6 and foul-mouthed prog-rock escapees Stewart & Gaskin. Fondly remembered by a small army of last-minute revision-fretters who never quite understood the fuss about that Morris chap.Read More