THE SILVER-HAIRED MIC-WIELDER was king of the ITV nighttime schedules even before they went 24-hour. Not much to report, except he was always on your television when you rolled in from the pub at 11:30. 80s Springer, perhaps, but a) with 30 years more experience than Springer, and b) with bags more tact and bags less sensationalism than Springer. Retired in 1996 after notching up those 30 (count ’em!) years of audience/guest interaction.