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How We Used To List: 16th – 22nd FEBRUARY 2002


What we were watching this week 20 years ago, as recorded in the back-issues of TV Cream’s weekly ‘e-mag’, Creamguide…

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TV CREAM TIMES
16th – 22nd February 2002
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Would Like To Meet – Phil Norman
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Saturday 16th February

BBC1

21.00 Only Fools And Horses
Rare screening of this early vehicle for David ‘A Sharp Intake Of Breath’ Jason. (Great to have these billings back!)

BBC2

21.00 Class Of…
A-ha! This is the long-threatened Friends Reunited-based quiz show, which is of course the office worker’s fave (although the last person who got intouch with Creamguide via the site was our auntie, and we knew what happened to her). Basically two teams of ex-pupils from a school (this week it’s Parrs Wood School in – surprise! – Manchester) compete to answer questions about the year they left school (this week it’s 1984) and there’s a musical guest as well (this week it’s Limahl). It could be fun, if it’s just I Love A Nostalgia Quiz, though the producer also made A Question Of TV, so it could also be awful. We’ll just have to wait and see.

21.45 Footloose
No doubt the boys and girls from Parrs Wood will be debating the best song in this happily ludicrous “let the kids dance” film – Kenny’s top twangy theme? Bonnie’s epic screechathon? Let’s Hear it for the Boy, perhaps? Or that odd one by Shalamar? That bloke who’s nowadays chiefly famous for almost rhyming with “separation” stars, with her off of Fame, him off of 3rd Rock, her off of The Lost Boys, him off of Reservoir Dogs and her off of Sex and the City.

ITV

13.55 Sweet Charity
Well, never let it be said ITV are afraid to go off the beaten track of an afternoon. This mammoth, 2 1/2 hour Bob Fosse musical is high ’60s camp all the way through, jam packed with colourisation, crash zooms and freeze frame gimmickry while Shirley MacLaine roars through the likes of Hey Big Spender and If They Could See Me Now. Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis Jr. and, inevitably, Toni Basil feature.

20.10 It Shouldn’t Happen To A TV Cook
A repeat, and a crap one at that, but at least it’s not The Kids From Alright On The Night, eh? Basically, if it doesn’t have The Cooking Canon on it, we’re not interested.

22.00 Athletes Behaving Badly
Ian Botham – hardly an ITV LE choice, we’d have thought – fronts this one-off which promises ‘amusing clips’ of athletes messing it up or going mental, in a show that sounds not dissimilar to When Athletes Attack, the programme that went out after the 1999 European Cup Final and was originally fronted by John Thomson, but they then decided he wasn’t ‘ITV’ enough and they dragged Steve Penk in to re-record it. Given he’s probably at a loose end at the moment, we may see that again.

CHANNEL 4

12.50 Little House On The Prairie
The sort of thing we were expecting last Saturday, to be honest.

21.00 Heroes Of Comedy
During the first run of I Love The Seventies, you may recall BBC2 screened archive comedy shows earlier in the evening, one of which was Mike Yarwood Live At The Talk Of The Town, which included a brilliant moment where he leant back and did a mannerism and the audience hooted with laughter, while we couldn’t understand who he was impersonating at all. He’s the subject of tonight’s documentary, and while we all know the story – joins BBC, becomes Mr Light Entertainment, goes to Thames, dies on arse – we should get some amusing (if not in the way they intended it at the time) clippage in any case. And Jimmy Savile and Ted Heath comment, too.

23.05 Top Ten X-Rated
Although this sounds great, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, as first of all John Lydon presents doing the same old act he’s been doing for the last 25 years – calm down, man. Then we’ve got whiny narration that makes it sound like a student magazine. We’ve also got a fairly tired selection of stories, including God Save The Queen and Relax, where Mike Read even sits in the same place he contributed to ITV’s Smash! from. But on the plus side, some great stuff on acid house, including Caron Keating introducing D Mob on Top Of The Pops, and the least appealing newspaper headline of all time – ‘Bizarre with Garry Bushell and Rick Sky’.

CHANNEL 5

16.55 Jungle to Jungle
Underrated.

22.55 Little Big Man
Yet another chance to see Hoffman’s tour de force dissembled western.

01.25 The Munsters’ Revenge
The inferior Addams Family, natch. Funny how for ages (ie. the ’80s) Channel Four reran The Munsters almost endlessly, and the only Addams you could get was the occasional holiday outing of that odd cartoon where they drove their house around. Now, of course, it’s all Addams, Addams, Addams, and rightly so, so spare a thought for Gwynne, DeCarlo, Lewis et al. as they trudge through this cheap and grimy ’80s TV movie revival, with a rubbish wax museum “plot”. Colour does Fred’s make-up no favours.

04.15 Sons and Daughters
Some people already want Prisoner back here.

Sunday 17th February

BBC1

22.15 Doctors To Be – Where Are They Now?
The Beeb have been following around six doctors since 1984, and unlike Citizen 2000 on Channel Four (which concluded last year at 1.30am on a Monday morning), they haven’t forgotten all about it – why, it’s even on BBC1 now, for what must be the first time ever.

BBC2

11.15 Stingray
Ah, so it hadn’t finished after all – but it looks like BBC2 are looking forward to the day it does, as here’s a double bill.

ITV

REGIONALIA!
16.45 Mike Neville – A Life On TV (Tyne Tees only)
Not quite sure how this is going to work, because up until five years ago Mike had spent his entire career at the BBC, so expect this profile to lean heavily towards his later work. Up in the North East, this man is an institution, and that’s why he gets an hour long (an hour long!) biopic – which, if Tyne Tees pull their finger out, could include some Nationwide stuff, but don’t get your hopes up or anything.

03.05 ITV Sport Classics
So this week Greg Dyke’s said that Des Lynam is no good anymore – of which our only complaint is why he didn’t notice this two years ago like everyone else.

CHANNEL 4

06.10 The Magic Roundabout

Monday 18th February

BBC1

14.10 Diagnosis Murder
One of the Creamguide ‘posse’ – ie, the people listed at the bottom who come up with all the funny stuff which we then claim all the credit for – went to see Ross Noble live the other night, and he did a routine where he was recounting how he was involved in a car crash and at the point of impact had some sort of life-flashing-before-eyes moment, except this consisted of a picture of Dick van Dyke circa Diagnosis Murder, and he feared that if he had died news of his final thought would have spread and angels would taunt him with it for all eternity. Not really relevant, but anything to pad this out, eh?

17.00 Blue Peter
What a rum old episode of BP we had last Monday which, to mark the launch of the new CBBC channel, was filmed in front of a live audience, and while this allowed Matt to work the crowd in his own inimitable fashion, the audience were a bit too hyper and just got in the way. So an interesting experiment, but, er, don’t do it again, please.

23.05 Johnny Vaughan Tonight
So now everyone seems to have decided this is a good series after all, and it is, kinda. But of course it still means that the RDA is never coming back, and now they’re doing the CBBC channel from Studio TC2 as well, so there’s probably no chance of every seeing it again. Boo. Never mind Nickelodeon, that’s a more compelling case against that channel.

BBC2

07.05 The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
Which caused much confusion the other day when Creamguide woke up and switched on the telly to see this, leading us to presume the BBC was on strike or on fire or something. How we laughed when we realised we’d just pressed the wrong button! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Like that.

12.20 The Family Ness

21.00 Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Kate Thornton’s on again, worse luck, but an otherwise fine selection of panellists in Lisa Steps, Nantwich’s own Ben Miller and – yes! – Anthony H Wilson! Of course we’re really looking forward to seeing 24 Hour Party People when it comes out, if only to see if there are any mock-up Granada Reports sequences in it.

21.30 Shooting Stars
The run finished on BBC Choice yesterday and now it’s already started on analogue, which seems a bit of a waste of time – why not make us wait for ages to convince us to get digital? In any case, we haven’t seen it yet, so we don’t know if it’s any good. We’re useful, aren’t we?

00.05 The Phil Silvers Show
Parliament’s on holiday, so we get longer films in the afternoons and Bilko here. Why can’t it be like this all the time? Mob rule would be a small price to pay.

ITV

16.20 How 2
HOW much are we regretting starting this ‘joke’?

CHANNEL 4

06.00 The Magic Roundabout

13.20 Little House On The Prairie
A double bill, for some reason. Out of films, C4?

CHANNEL 5

06.30 Dappledown Farm
Still more entertaining than Matthew Wright.

11.00 TJ Hooker
This probably isn’t, though.

14.20 Open House with Gloria Hunniford
Apparently Sooty and Sweep are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary in showbusiness this year, but in that case what we they celebrating in 1996 when they did An Audience With Sooty, or indeed in 1998 when ITV did that documentary about them on a Sunday night? Whatever, they’re on (ie, behind) Glo’s sofa today.

15.40 Our Man in Marrakesh
Tony ‘The Gnomes’ Great Adventure’ Randall is the reluctant spy in this Moroccan caper, supported by Terry-‘Cookery Nook’-Thomas, Herbert ‘Whispering Smith Hits London’ Lom, Wilfrid ‘Josser on the Farm’ Hyde-White, John ‘Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?’ Le Mesurier, Klaus ‘Mark of the Tortoise’ Kinski and Burt ‘I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle’ Kwouk.

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WATCH OUT FOR… TV CREAM HEROES WEEKLY
We’ve been told it’s the one-stop shop for the cream of the crop

#4 Jesse Birdsall, as seen in ELDORADO, Saturday-Friday at 11.00 and 05.25,
UK Gold and AS IF, Sunday 12.30, Channel 4

You might think that the weekly TVC Heroes initiative was on the wane (on only the fourth number to boot) seeing as how we’re already dipping back into ELDORADO for our latest candidate (Hero #2 was Roger Walker, ‘rado’s Bunny Charleson). We beg to differ. After the massive interest generated by Jesse Birdall’s cameo in the Walker edition (you’ll remember he appeared, losing to Terry Wogan at Subbuteo) we thought it high time he was awarded with his own mild accolade. And by “massive interest generated” we of course mean we’re massively interested, here in the office. Well, it’s something to do while we wait for our Creamup mail.

For us The Jesse Birdsall Story starts in 1985 when he appeared in MINDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS – that special Christmas episode which saw the Trotter brothers up to another hilarious scam whilst Detective Sergeants Ronald Rycott and Albert ‘Charlie’ Chisholm took a train journey or something. Birdsall’s flower really blossomed in 1992 when he landed the part of Marcus Tandy in ELDORADO. A demanding role, it called for him to simultaneously wear dark glasses whilst sweating. And Jesse made the part his own! We won’t linger over his involvement in THE GOOD SEX GUIDE but we will over his portrayal of Nicholas ‘Beckett!” Beckett in BUGS. Here he proved that he could play good guys as well as baddies (or participants in sex guides). The programme was cancelled. Now he’s back on our screens again as the father of someone we don’t care about in that programme that’s just annoying (AS IF). We understand he’s sporting long hair now so that he looks less like Mark Kermode and more like Mark Kermode With Long Hair. Welcome, Jesse, to TV Cream Heroes (Weekly)!

Sun, sex and sangria:
http://www.firstuniversal.clara.net/eldorado-birdsall.html

Still up for it:
http://www.channel4.co.uk/entertainment/tv/showcards/A/as_if_2.html
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Tuesday 19th February

BBC1

21.00 Only Fools and Horses
Rare screening for this early vehicle for Nicholas ‘Piglet Files’ Lyndhurst. (For Christ’s sake, BBC, and it’s the bloody 1996 ones again!)

REGIONALIA!
22.35 Ex-S (Scotland only)
Of course, as 2W is showing us, it’s all very well doing more regional programmes, but sometimes they really do seem to scrape the barrel. Here’s half an hour in the company of The Krankies, which could, we presume, include some Crackerjack clips. Next week – Omnibus discusses the life and career of The Chuckle Brothers.

BBC2

07.05 The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

12.20 The Family Ness

13.10 Press for Time
BBC2’s latest Norman Wisdom season fizzles out here with this poor “Norm the journo” offering, featuring Peter ‘Book’ Jones, the mostygreatlylate Stanley Unwin, Tony ‘Get Some In!’ Selby and Gordon ‘Arkwright’ Rollings.

ITV

16.20 How 2
HOW many readers are we losing with this rubbish?

03.15 ITV Sport Classics
Perhaps better than Channel Five’s Football Classics, though, which are just every match they’ve ever shown. But probably not Poland vs England in May 1997, as Brough Scott’s probably destroyed all the tapes.

CHANNEL 4

06.00 The Magic Roundabout

CHANNEL 5

06.30 Dappledown Farm

11.00 TJ Hooker
“Worst programme of the week” in Heat magazine, while The Office is sixth best. Have they got those the right way round?

14.20 Open House with Gloria Hunniford
Thelma Barlow guests today, and while it says she’s best known for Coronation Street, we’d beg to differ – in our house she’s best known for her appearances on Granada’s abysmal regional gardening show, Muck and Jeff. Can you guess what the presenter’s first name was? Incidentally, he didn’t co-present it with a Tony Muck, or anything.

Wednesday 20th February

BBC1

17.00 Blue Peter
Actually, there was one great bit on that odd Blue Peter, as they had a memory man on remembering the names of everyone in the audience and then recalling them at random. When he announced the name of one of them, she shook her head, as if he’d got it wrong – in fact, he’d just mispronounced it, but she wasn’t having it, he either got it dead right or not at all.

20.00 This Is Your Life
It’s NHS day on the Beeb, so – Doctor Fox, Doctor Ruth, Doctor And The Medics, or Doc Cox?

BBC2

07.05 The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

12.20 The Family Ness

15.30 Yes Minister
>From early evening during the week, to peak-time Saturday night, to mid-afternoon. This rerun’s making a lot of sense, isn’t it?

00.05 The Phil Silvers Show
You could have put Seinfeld repeats here, BBC2.

ITV

16.20 How 2
HOW long til this run finishes, for God’s sake?

00.25 Big Trouble in Little China
Kim Cattrall gets another timely reminder that it wasn’t all waspish observations about handbags and orgasms back in the day.

03.55 ITV Sport Classics
Mind you, we wouldn’t mind seeing Tromso vs Chelsea again, the match played during a snowstorm which for some reason they didn’t call off.

CHANNEL 4

06.00 The Magic Roundabout

13.40 Nurse on Wheels
More from the Gerald Thomas stable of “Carry On in all but title”, and just to really rub it in, this one has Esma ‘Flo’ Cannon to the fore as the mum of rookie district nurse Juliet ‘Jack’ Mills, with Jim Dale in a caravan, Deryck Guyler, Joans Hickson and Sims, Norman Rossington and George ‘Inigo’ Woodbridge.

21.00 Because You’re Worth It: 100 Years Of Make-Up
Didn’t see this last week, but Gareth McLean’s reviewed it in The Guardian and done a joke about Kate Thornton. Ahead of the game as always, Gaz.

CHANNEL 5

06.30 Dappledown Farm

11.00 TJ Hooker

15.40 Madame X
All we can say about this is that Jeremy ‘Sherlock’ Brett’s in it, and as versions of this old melodrama go, it won’t be a patch on ’78’s Superdyke Meets Madame X, which we’re sure Channel Five have also acquired the rights to.

Thursday 21st February

BBC2

07.05 The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

12.20 The Family Ness

13.10 Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr
Slight-but-all-right WWII adventure caper in the Indiana mould. David ‘A-Team’ Hemmings directs Lesley Ann ‘Mission Impossible’ Warren, Donald “perfectly” Pleasence, George “comes together” Peppard, a Brian ‘Starfleet’ May soundtrack, and New Zealand landscapes as they should be photographed, in grainy ’80s Eastmancolour. Sorry Mr. Jackson (oooh!), but those Oscar nominations annoyed the hell out of us the other day.

00.05 The Phil Silvers Show
So where has What Have The Sixties/Seventies/Eighties/Nineties Ever Done For Us got to, OU?

ITV

16.20 How 2
HOW pissed off will we be if this run is followed by repeats?

20.00 The Brit Awards
“Wind away!” Yes, we’re contractually obliged here to mention 1989, so that’s that done. Frank Skinner’s fronting it this year, along with Zoe Ball, and we hope there’s a repeat of that fantastic moment last year when Bono – from “80s rock band U2” – went for a walk all around the arena, and some worried-looking bloke in a suit followed a couple of paces behind him, in case someone punched him or something. And if any of the really, really annoying screaming kids from the Brits School that make up the front of the audience and constantly try and find the camera ever actually go on to achieve anything in the music industry, we will never buy another record again.

CHANNEL 4

22.30 Banzai
So last wek’s first show was good fun, if more for the Guess The Rude Word These Synchronised Swimmers Will Form (it was ‘twat’) game than Normski’s nob. More of the former tonight, please, and much less of the latter.

CHANNEL 5

06.30 Dappledown Farm

11.00 TJ Hooker

Friday 22nd February

BBC1

17.00 Blue Peter
We’re still pissed off we missed the episode a couple of weeks ago when Barry Davies was the guest, and Handy Andy and Linda Barker aren’t going to make up for it.

17.20 Newsround Extra
A report on fanatical fans, which they seem to do every single year. “It’s just a gimmick, innit? You can’t go round like The Osmonds, with the American flag on your hand, that just looks stupid, dunnit?”

BBC2

07.05 The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

11.40 Bill and Ben
Surely even for a generation raised on Teletubbies, a repeat an hour later is pushing it a bit.

12.20 The Family Ness
But if you miss this, you’re buggered.

ITV

16.20 How 2
HOW… oh, never mind.

CHANNEL 4

06.00 The Magic Roundabout

CHANNEL 5

06.30 Dappledown Farm

11.00 TJ Hooker

15.40 The Doomsday Flight
Jack ‘5-0’ Lord and Ed ‘Lou Grant’ Asner in planebombing TV movie drama.

04.00 Sons and Daughters
Nightscreen’s on ITV. Best stick with this, then.

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DIGI-CREAMGUIDE
As read in Television Centre!

BBC CHOICE
Sunday, 21.00, 23.45, Tuesday, 22.30, Wednesday, 21.30, Friday, 23.00 Shooting Stars – Presumably this’ll be last one on Choice, unless they take the piss and repeat them as they’re shown on BBC2. Iffy guest list to go out on, too – Tania Strecker, Quentin Willson and Nicky Clarke. They used to have people queueing up to go on this show, didn’t they?

BBC KNOWLEDGE
Saturday, 01.30, Sunday. 01.25
Face To Face – Turns out this hasn’t finished, but the new truncated hours for this channel means that there’s not much space to stick it in. Stilll, Albert Finney on Saturday, Jung on Sunday.

CBBC/CBEEBIES
So maybe we were slightly quick to judge Cbeebies last week, as the other day we had Geoffrey Palmer telling a story about Beebies, the Cbeebies rabbit, which was great. And the presenters (including Sir Chris Jarvis) have to sing songs to introduce the programmes, something BBC3 might want to take up. If we were ten years old, we’d hate the new CBBC, we think, because we used to fear change, and that new Newsround scrolling ticker is bloody stupid. Still, Saturday at 09.00 sees The Saturday Show Extra, where digital viewers can choose to see behind the scenes stuff, last week’s show (that’s rather pointless, we feel, if you’re this nuts about the show you should have seen it) or a load of cartoons fronted by Tiny and Mr Duk, which we feel would be the best bet as you don’t have to see D*n* B*hr or J** M*c*.

Then Sundays at 18.00 it’s The Official UK Top Forty, which has the new chart as it happens, only of course shorn to one hour to avoid having to show Slipknot videos and so on. Incidentally, Creamguide’s about to launch a lawsuit against CBBC, as we invented this concept when we made up our own TV station when we were ten. See you in court, Konnie Huq!

E4
Friday, 22.00, 01.25
Top Ten Progressive Rock – Last time we watched The Generation Game (or at least, saw a few seconds of it before running out of the room screaming), we noticed that not only do they still use ELP as the theme tune, but the conveyor belt is now accompanied by Fanfare For The Frigging Common Man! Hence we’re not crazy about prog, but Bill Bailey and Mark Radcliffe round up the usual suspects here, and unlike Steve Wright, don’t just make jokes about their hair.

GRANADA PLUS
Sunday, 17.30, Thursday, 22.30, 01.30
Bullseye – Our quest to find the world’s favourite Bullseye moments has even started to atract the attention of some of Britain’s top media institutions. Jon Peake has taken time out from writing for a leading tabloid newspaper to pen a complete list of his favourites, including “The question board and the category “Affairs” – or “Affurs” as Jim would pronounce it. No one ever picked it, probably because they didn’t know what it meant. It was current affairs wasn’t it, and not who was having a tryst with whom circa 1985?” and “The sound of Bully’s hoofsteps as he tapped across the spelling answer”. Employee of a major broadcasting organisation Simon Farquhar also picks up on the spelling round – always Creamguide’s favourite bit – and asks “Isn’t it amazing that when Jim checks the spelling answers with Bully he manages to point to the letters exactly as they appear, every time without fail. The man is sheer professionalism”. Isn’t he just. More, please, but only if they’re as good as Jon Peake’s observation – “Tony Green saying “good girl” if a dart-playing female contestant did alright on the board. You’d never be able to get away with that now”.

Friday, 22.30, 01.30
The Wheeltappers’ And Shunters’ Social Club – So last week we had the television event of the year – New Year At The Wheeltappers’ and Shunters’ Social Club. First shown on New Years Eve 1975, our correspondent Chris Diamond was literally stunned: “There was a real treat: Jim Bowen, Charlie Williams, George Roper in gold wellies and a tartan tuxedo, Duggie Brown (“we thought we were being invited along to Bernard Manning’s This Is Your Life but there’s too many nice people here”) and Frank Carson all on stage at once. They all began by talking at once but were then led by Bernard into what must have been telly’s first attempt at improv as the audience were to call out a subject and they were to tell a joke on it. Best of all they responded to this by just telling jokes in the setting suggested, thus in answer to the cry of “Supermarket” from the audience Carson told a joke about an Irishman going into a supermarket which could have been told no matter where he was, if you see what I mean. And so it went on (albeit criminally shortened).” Miss it, miss out!

ITV SPORT
Sunday, 19.00
The World Cup Years – 1982 again, and then nothing for a bit because ITV Sport are actually going to show some live sport. That’s not right.

PARAMOUNT
Monday-Thursday, 23.00
The Frank Skinner Show – Seinfeld’s moved to 19.30, everyone, and series seven starts on Wednesday, which of course is the best one. But we’re not supposed to be talking about that, we’re talking about this slightly dreary 1997 series, with Tony Blair (and hopefully James Harries) on Monday and Ozzy Osbourne on Wednesday.
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All times correct at time of writing and refer to England except where stated. All programmes subject to cancellation, shifting, editing – no snooker, though.
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GSOH – Chris Diamond, Chris Hughes, Ian Jones, Graham Kibble-White, Phil Norman, Simon Tyers

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. THX 1139

    February 19, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Ah, here we are!

    Two from the Whatever Happened To file: Rick Sky, with his weird multiple rubber nipple T-shirts, and Tania Strecker, whose name is misspelled on her IMDB page and I most remember from insomnia-fuelled viewings of Naked Elvis (Tania didn’t get naked in it, incidentally).

    Nice to see a weekly slagging off of Ricky Gervais’s first in his series of “workplace bullying is fun” shows at this time. TJ Hooker was a lot funnier, especially when “Teej” got into a foot chase with men half his age. And caught them!

  2. Glenn Aylett

    February 19, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    The legend that was Mike Neville, the man who made Look North into a news bulletin you could enjoy, and then went on to build the previously low rent Tyne Tees Tonight into a ratings powerhouse due to his style of presentation. Remember this was a man who could switch from a serious interview with someone like a union leader to a light hearted competition for the world’s most boring postcard very easily, although it would be interesting to have someone like Arthur Scargill judging the entries.

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