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Alan Titchmarsh is the sycophant in the room at the jubilee

Jeremy Paxman, John Humphrys – watch out. There's a new hard man in town, a pit bull of interrogation. Ok, Alan Titchmarsh has been around for ever, but here in Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother (ITV), he reaches new levels of bad-dogness.

How about this for a question, to Princess Anne: "As the only girl in the family of boys, the Queen could be a more direct role model for you than for you brothers – did that feeling occur to you?" No, not really, says Anne. But Titch isn't going to let it go: he won't be brushed aside, he has her in the corner now, he's going in for the kill. "Can I ask you," he inquires, "about the Queen's strength as a mother?"

Or take this to Prince William, as they wander through Clarence House: "Sir, do you »

- Sam Wollaston

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