17 May, 2007

Massive big fuck-off light entertainment

Here's a fine piece of archivery: part of an edition of The Late Show devoted to the demise of LWT at the hands of Granada in 1994.

Everyone who counts shows up: Greg Dyke, cutting loose in a rumpled shirt; Michael Grade, leaning back in braces avowing "no company could touch LWT"; John Birt, looking shifty; and David Frost in vintage anecdotage mood. Plus there's clips of Walden burbling at Michael Howard, Ray Snoddy going on about "a slightly spivvy atmosphere", and Michael Barrymore doing textbook Michael Barrymore with, yes, a bemused pair of pensioners reduced to incapicating laughter.

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