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South Bank Show, The

Melv grills Macca on the textual subtleties of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae   "Next on LWT, an hour of regulator-appeasing tedium to make up for that edition of Hale and Pace we just showed. Feel free to switch off your set."

JAUNDICED JUGGERNAUT of “It’s The Arts” franchise-fulfilling, regulator-appeasing slurry stirred up by “Presenter/Editor” MELVYN “A TIME TO BONK” BRAGG. Supposed unshakeable totem of ITV-as-a-quality-broadcaster, of course, so why is it always shoved out at the arse end of Sunday night? In-between launching himself off on another pompous, boring, cheap, snidey dig at the “arts”-hating BBC, Melv continues to front one-hour profiles of things of a singularly it’s-on-ITV-this-week or it’s-in-the-cinema-from-Friday bent, occasionally remembering there are people still alive who aren’t stand-up comics turned actors or hoary rockers with a greatest hits package to plug. Sigh. Great theme tune and titles, though, courtesy of Lloyd-Webber’s “Variations” for “cello and rock band”.

One rubbed faced comically-sculptured over-enthusiastic caricature of a presenter, and..."Coming up - a little bit of post-structuralism...but not too much so don't go changing!"

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  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I remember watching the Ben Elton episode in about 1989 and thinking “Smug bastard”. My opinion hasn’t changed since.

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