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HENRY V111 & ANNE - WHITE SLUMS of South Africa

Date: 24th February 2014



Quite a contrast in the title.

Those of you who read my blog regularly know how I get ‘hot under the collar’ about presenters with arms like windmills who know nothing about good delivery.

What has happened over the last few decades is that the ‘middleman’ i.e. the Presenter/Interviewer of which I was one, has been superceeded by The Expert. In the past an interviewer would elicit information from the Expert but it was decided to do away with the interviewer and let the Expert present the programme. In some cases this has worked – Alan Titchmarsh is one who has become a highly respected and well liked presenter but many, who have never had any presentation training, fail miserably. I thought it was only me who, despite wanting to learn about the subject, cannot bear to watch certain Expert presenters but I’m finding more and more people who switch off from watching these intensely irritating but worthy people.

Being an old grump, I’m very happy to give praise where it is due and last week I watched a couple of programmes where the presenter was superb.

Although I would take issue with the ‘casting’ of Henry V111 and Anne on Channel 5, the Expert presenter was superb. Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb was not only a joy to watch and listen to but has no right to be so gorgeous with that mane of fantastic hair and a beautiful face to match. She had a stillness about her and unlike another Expert whose shadowy hands move all over priceless Mediaeval documents, we could see the beautiful illuminations about which Dr. Lipscomb was talking.

The programme was very interesting but I did get tired of the repeated shots of an incredibly glamorous ‘young’ Henry chasing an equally beautiful Anne through the Maze at her home, Hever Castle in Kent. Henry was 41 when he married Anne and though their courtship had taken some 7 years, Henry was already becoming fat and not the gorgeous creature he had been in his youth when he married Katherine of Aragon. Anne was 31 at the time of the marriage so she had been young when Henry started courting her.

I shall look forward to any future programmes fronted by Dr. Lipscomb.

Now for something completely different.

THE WHITE SLUMS – Reggie Yates’ Extreme South Africa

Having spent many lengthy holidays in Capetown and its surrounds, I watched with interest and sadness.

Reggie Yates was excellent as the presenter and who better to present the programme than a Black man. He was so sensitive and kind and I thought very fair in his dealings with the Whites living in Slums.   And he, or the programme directors, didn’t pull any punches. He is in a car driven by a Black pop star – sorry I didn’t catch the name – who openly admits that Affirmative Action and Black Economic Empowerment meant that if a White and a Black went for the same job, the Black person would get it.
Apartheid was totally wrong but turning the country on its head and giving jobs to people who can’t cope is a sure fire way of running that beautiful country into the ground. And as for the Hate spewing forth from Julius Malema – sad, very very sad and even sadder that he has a very large following among the young. Although once tipped as a future Premier, he was even expelled from the ANC for his extreme views and for his song ‘Kill the Boer’ which he has now modified to ‘Kiss the Boer’ but we all know what he really means. – so that says a lot doesn’t it.

I will follow Reggie’s future with interest – and he has a lovely voice which is a pleasure to listen to.



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