In 1978, a TV critic called Richard Last wrote: “Melvyn Bragg believes that the songs of Paul McCartney will still be around and highly regarded in 100 years’ time. It would be tempting to offer money on the proposition, but pointless; I shan’t be around to collect.” Last was reviewing a new arts programme on Lwt called The South Bank Show that featured a certain former Beatle. I don’t know if Richard is around now, but if he is he’s keeping his head down. A TV critic who is still around is the great Clive James, who thought The South Bank Show was on to something and said so in a column back then.
And James is here on The South Bank Show 40th Anniversary. “I