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Man Alive

UNREMITTINGLY GRIM this-is-real-life-so-you-better-get-used-to-it strand launched as “flagship” current affairs output of still-teething BBC2. Stamping ground for many a Beeb ego, with early years dominated by terrifying DESMOND WILCOX/ESTHER RANTZEN two-headed hydra. In-house gag dubbed the show “Desmond’s weepies” due to regularity of episodes featuring grubby-faced women (usually prostitutes) blubbing uncontrollaby while the camera zoomed up their nose. TREVOR PHILPOTT and JOHN PITMAN regular contributors. Earnest adherence to “ordinary people” agenda offset by seminal jazzy waltz theme by Sir TONY HATCH – replete with finger-clicks from, who else, finger-in-every-pie Wilcox.

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