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“Where did you get that? Let me see it!”

Half-way through this clip you’ll find Michael Grade doing a brilliant guest spot in an episode from the first series of French and Saunders. This was back when Mike was happy to do an on-screen turn almost anywhere, from sharing a sofa on Telly Addicts to “firing” Philip Schofield from the Broom Cupboard.

You don’t get this kind of thing anymore, sadly. Alan Yentob was probably the most recent Beeb executive happy to show up as “himself” on television. Nowadays it’s likely nobody would recognise Jay Hunt even if she introduced herself.

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  1. Mark Jones

    December 3, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Of course, there was also Michael Grade’s appearance in an episode of Absolutely.

    “…and I’m very glad when they do.”

    There really a national shortage of impresarios in modern-day Britain. It’s Michael Grade, Bill Kenright, and that’s about yer lot.

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