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Celebrating 40 years of Nancy Banks-Smith

4 February 2010 3:42 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

For 40 years Nancy Banks-Smith has delighted Guardian readers with her brilliant TV reviews. Her first editor Michael McNay recalls her early days in the job, and the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Lynda La Plante explain why they love her work

Classic reviews from Nancy Banks-Smith

Nancy Banks-Smith left the Sun, which had just been bought by Rupert Murdoch and relaunched as a tabloid, to join the Guardian 40 years ago. She was the new star in a constellation that included the plummy but brilliant opera and drama critic Philip Hope-Wallace (old enough to have seen Pavlova dance, he once told me), and the sainted or at least knighted octogenarian Neville Cardus, who wrote his copy in longhand and had it delivered by taxi.

Peter Preston, then features editor, had made it one of his first tasks to create the Guardian's first full daily arts page. Within »

- Michael McNay, Sarah Phillips, Laura Barnett

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