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Month: February 2016

Book review: Tragedy of errors (Private Eye, 20 March 2015)

Book review: Tragedy of errors (Private Eye, 20 March 2015)

Pinkoes and Traitors: The BBC and the nation 1974-1987 Jean Seaton (Profile, £30) According to this, the sixth volume of the official history of the BBC, Blue Peter celebrated its 15th anniversary in 1979 (it was the 21st anniversary), the IRA hunger strikes took place in 1982 (1981) and, in the introduction, Live Aid happened in 1984 (1985), while the controversial 1980 documentary Death of a Princess is called a “Channel 4 programme” (it was ITV – Channel 4 did…

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Wogan? Gone? Woe.

Wogan? Gone? Woe.

At this very sad time, let us lighten the mood with a Wogan-related story from ace cameraman and raconteur Roger Bunce: Long, long ago, when hand-held cameras were relatively new toys, and we were still playing with them, it was decided to brighten up (?) the opening of Wogan with a wobbly-vision tour of TV Theatre. One camera (Martin Porter?) would follow Terry as he explored the gallery. A second camera (Muggins) would meet him in the Hospitality Area aka…

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