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Bafta TV special/Trevor McDonald: The anchor

21 May 2011 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Tom Lamont salutes his favourite newsreader who joins Anthony Hopkins, Melvyn Bragg and Judi Dench as a Bafta fellow

Don't call him a national treasure. Don't call him a national treasure. I repeat the instruction to myself all the way to a meeting with Sir Trevor McDonald. Why? Because the phrase is such a cliché and might embarrass him, and what can he really say back? Trouble is, we're meeting in Coutts, a grand old Regency-era bank on the Strand, and before I know it we're sitting opposite each other on claret-coloured armchairs and I'm pouring him tea from a pot and there are biscuits on a little tray and it's all so British I can't hold back. "Are we in a bank," it comes blurting out, "because you're a national treasure?"

An embarrassed pause. Oh god. "I don't know what I can really say to that." Mercifully, then, he smiles. »

- Tom Lamont

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