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Month: November 2009

So, Ian Hart remonstrating with a ‘disruptive’ audience member was understandable, was it? I prefer Sir John Gielgud’s approach, which was to rise above it and press on. At one point in the 1950s, the great actor found himself working with a young man heavily in the thrall of Pinter. It might even have been Pinter himself, I’m not entirely sure. After an epic pause, the kindly Gielgud asked the young thesp a question: “Dear boy, why are you leaving…

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Sitting in Humanities 2 at the British Library, wrestling with a pile of Radiotimes bound volumes in the interests of research, a programme billing from April 1979 leapt out at me. “8.10pm – Accident. A drama series in eight episodes. In the confusion of a road accident ten lives are mixed in a jig-saw of past and present.” If you ever wondered what Anthony Horowitz was watching on Wednesday nights 30 years ago, now you know.

I’ve just taken a momentous decision. When my current stock of blank minidiscs is exhausted, I’m going to buy one of those new flash drive-based digital audio recorders – a Zoom or a Tascam of some description. There are 18 shrink-wrapped discs on the shelf in front of me, and a couple of part-used discs with over an hour of recording time in mono mode left, should I need them. I reckon those 18 discs should allow me to do…

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Memo to BBC News and other media outlets: Celebrity has very mild disagreement with mildly critical fan is not a major story. However, a few people have said to me “Come now, it’s not Stephen Fry’s fault that the BBC has over-reacted in this way”. It is, though. Fry has made such a big deal of Twitter, to the point that I would describe him as a shill if I didn’t love him and his work so much. He’s created…

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