Have a listen to the clip on this page. It’s from Richard Bacon’s BBC Radio 5 Live show a few days ago, and features an excerpt of an interview with sacked TalkSPORT presenter Jon Gaunt. Well, I say interview. It is, unsurprisingly, a Gaunt monologue. It’s interesting to imagine what it would have been like if a guest had tried the same tricks on Gaunt’s show, back when he had one. In particular that hideous, smug “Over to you”. Said guest would have been reminded in no uncertain terms whose show it was, I’m guessing.
As it happens, I believe there is a place for Gaunt’s style of radio, but I also believe that, to pull it off, you have to be far cleverer than Gaunt seems to be. By all means be contrarian and controversial. Go ahead and wind people up. Feel free to cloak yourself in righteous indignation. Don’t, however, lose your rag, whatever you do. You’ll have lost the argument, and your job too.
Well, the votes have been totted up and the result of the Idents World Cup final is as follows:
ATV 4 Thames 2
If it had been a Prodcaps World Cup, the boot might have been on the other foot, but I think that this is a fair and decisive result, and I’d like to thank Sir Lew Grade and Howard Thomas for the clean way in which their teams played. Let’s hear that Midlands marvel once again.
Bad luck for LWT in the semi-finals, scoring a lone goal against Sir Lew and the might of the Midlands. Bad luck also to the HTV aerial, the only ident in this semi-final line-up not to feature any vuvuzela-like brass scoring. However, HTV does take back to Pontcanna the 3rd place title. Which means that, live and at the same time as the footballers go at it, we ident fans see a stand-off between the ATV in Colour ‘Zoom’ ident and the Thames skyline. A few classics have fallen by the wayside, but personally, I think two stunning teams have made it to the final. Now all that remains is to decide the victor. Votes will close at the final whistle in South Africa. Get on with it.
Apologies for the delay in getting these results to you. I really didn’t expect to spend Wednesday to Friday of this week in hospital. Best be quick.
Harlech eye test 5 BBC Schools Diamond 1 Grampian saltire 1 Thames skyline 6 LWT river 5 BBC2 stripey 2 TSW tree of bras 1 Channel 4 original 5 ATV Zoom in Colour 5 Open University 2 Yorkshire Television Colour Production 1 HTV Aerial 6 Anglia knight 3 Westward galleon 4 Central cake mark 1 1 BBC1 mirror globe 5
So, that means the quarter finals look like this:
Harlech eye test vs LWT river Thames skyline vs Channel 4 original ATV Zoom vs Westward galleon HTV Aerial vs BBC mirror globe.
As we’re playing catch up, I’m calling a curfew of 2am on this one, with voting on the semi-finals to follow, running into the morning, then the finals to run at the same time as the football World Cup final.
And so the group stages of the Idents World Cup draw to a close. Over to Camp Julian in Belfast for the group H results:
BBC1 1974-1981 Futura mirror globe 6 BBC TV bat wings 1 BBC TV bat wings 3 Westward galleon 4 Westward galleon 4 Tyne Tees 1980s 3 Tyne Tees 1980s 1 BBC1 1974-1981 Futura mirror globe 6 BBC1 1974-1981 Futura mirror globe 4 Westward galleon 2 BBC TV bat wings 3 Tyne Tees 1980s 4
I make that BBC1 on 9 points, Westward on 6 points and Tyne Tees on 3 points. Which means that the block of 16 is as follows:
Harlech eye test vs BBC Schools Diamond Grampian saltire vs Thames skyline LWT river vs BBC2 stripey TSW tree of bras vs Channel 4 original ATV Zoom in Colour vs Open University Yorkshire Television Colour Production vs HTV Aerial Anglia knight vs Westward galleon Central cake mark 1 vs BBC1 mirror globe
Let’s be having your votes, in by 23.59 on Tuesday 6 July.
Yes, I know the group stages are dragging on longer than the real thing, but I don’t have FIFA’s resources. I do still aim, somehow, to get this thing finished at the same time as the football shiznit. Anyway, we must move with all speed to the Michael Speake Leisure Centre on Norwich’s busy Prince of Wales Road for the group G results.
Anglia knight 4 From the North – Granada 2 From the North – Granada 4 Teledu Cymru dragon 2 Teledu Cymru dragon 2 Central cake mark 1 5 Central cake mark 1 5 From the North – Granada 1 Teledu Cymru dragon 3 Anglia knight 4 Anglia knight 4 Central cake mark 1 3
So, that’s 9 points for the Narvicensian silver knight and 6 points for the Central cake. The Granada arrow’s lone victory against the Teledu Cymru dragon is not enough to see it through. We can only speculate on how the blue Granada Colour Production card would have fared. And so to H:
BBC1 1974-1981 Futura mirror globe vs BBC TV bat wings BBC TV bat wings vs Westward galleon Westward galleon vs Tyne Tees 1980s Tyne Tees 1980s vs BBC1 1974-1981 Futura mirror globe BBC1 1974-1981 Futura mirror globe vs Westward galleon BBC TV bat wings vs Tyne Tees 1980s
We’re playing catch-up, so votes by 8pm tonight – Monday 5 July – please.