‘So tomorrow is the longest day,’ murmured Alastair Burnet at the end of Tuesday night’s News at Ten (ITN), ‘which means that the nights will soon be drawing in.’ Reginald Bosanquet gazed at him in wonder.
The urge of telly regulars to give us something of themselves is understandable. The longer the time they have to spend waiting around, and the less opportunity they have to say anything significant once they get on, the keener they are to assert their personalities. The most desperate cases are the regional link-men, who spend all day in the studio for a total air-time of less than a minute. Hence their horrible jauntiness. ‘Well, I don’t know about you, but I …’ ‘And I know I’m not the only one who can’t get enough of those floppy, furry…’ ‘That’s all from me.’