Ahead of Greg Dyke’s one-off BBC4 documentary on Lord Reith next week, here are five other format ideas, any or all of which would help keep the man where he belongs – in front, rather than behind, the camera:
1) THE BLACK DYKE MILLS BANDSHOW
Greg is joined by co-host Bob Mills for an hour of music, laughter and lots of surprises, live from the LWT Tower every Saturday night. Each edition also features Cilla Black roving the studio audience meeting colourful people with a story to tell.
2) THE OFFER’S DYKE
BBC2 business game show where struggling firms get the chance to pitch for Greg’s services as professional troubleshooter.
3) GREGORY’S GIRLS
A six-part documentary series for BBC4 in which Greg revisits the scenes of some of the most turbulent and high-profile episodes of his TV life, accompanied by a familiar female face who was there at the time. Featuring Janet Street-Porter, Wincey Willis, Fern Britton, Dame Edna Everage, Anne Robinson and Natasha Kaplinksy.
4) DICK V DYKE
A half hour Friday night topical revue, live from the Mailbox in Birmingham, presented by Greg and Richard Stilgoe. Each week the pair cast a wry eye over the past seven days, paying tribute to the week’s winners and losers through skits, songs and special guests.
5) GREG: STEAL OR BORROW?
Virtual reality action show pitting two teams of middle management types against each other in a battle to accumulate the most financial acumen through a series of computer simulated logic puzzles. Greg hosts proceedings from a specially constructed gantry high above a vast studio set full of wire mesh, flashing lights and weirdly-shaped pulsing pods.