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.
EASTENDERS: A LOT
WOGAN: QUITE A LOT
PAUL DANIELS: NOT A LOT
FRENCH & SAUNDERS: 12