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“They liked her…(sob)…they loved her…(sob)”

There’s one thing above all else which BBC4’s 1997 week has confirmed, and that’s the way the decade is destined to be evoked in every single TV programme of the future.

Just like the 1960s are always referenced by that bit of black-and-white footage of George Best pouring champagne onto a pyramid of glasses, so the 1990s will be forever represented by Martyn Lewis reciting the words of Tony Blair and blubbing in front of the nation.



  1. FeedbackReport

    March 16, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Tragically missing from 1997 week – Richard Fairbrass’ magisterial turn on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, when he braved a volley of audience gasps and catcalls after offering “…is it Goodbye England’s Rose?” in the indecipherable lyrics round.

  2. Graham Kibble-White

    March 16, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Why did Des Lynam get the job of holding Tony’s umbrella?

  3. Chris Hughes

    March 16, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    That’s John Burton, Graham – as seen interviewed on BBC Election 97 by a foxy young Fiona Bruce (not that I’ve watched it about a million times).

    I like how Michael Brunson, as Senior Journalist, gets to go “can we please have your reaction?”, ie “you’re on – start”.

    Is there a more desperate phrase in broadcasting than “still with me”?

    And where’s the clip of William Hague suggesting we rename Heathrow Airport?

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