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Alan Yentob followed Edmund De Waal for a whole year – and didn't ask a single interesting question

The arts documentary has become an endangered species over the last decade or so, chased out of the mainstream into occasional sightings on the digital channels. So the BBC's Imagine strand ought to be something to be cherished: but it's becoming increasingly hard to tell if its presenter, Alan Yentob, is actually the saviour of arts programming or is mounting a secret campaign to kill it off for good.

In Imagine – Edmund De Waal: Make Pots or Die (BBC1), Yentob supposedly spent a year following the English ceramicist as he prepared for his first ever exhibition in New York. In that time, he didn't ask De Waal a single interesting question. The closest he came to an original thought was wondering if the reason De Waal had been given an exhibition at the »

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