5 items from 2013
Just 18% of on-air presenters in their over 50s are women, new figures have revealed. So while David Dimbleby, 74, chairs Question Time, Jeremy Paxman, 63, fronts Newsnight and John Humphrys, 69, presents the Today programme, what has happened to their female counterparts of a similar age? Here's where five famous faces from a few years ago – aged from 61 to 73 – are now:
The former breakfast TV favourite relocated to Yorkshire to set up a goat-wool farm when she left full-time broadcasting. The 61-year-old won £250,000 from Channel 5 after successfully suing the Richard Desmond-owned broadcaster for ageism.
A campaigner for Age UK, Scott was last on TV on Sky Arts, where she presented a five-part documentary series Treasure Houses of Britain in 2011 and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Hull »
TV: 30 Rock
Tina Fey's brilliant sitcom has departed from Us screens, never to return. Boo. Fortunately, due to delayed UK transmission times, we've still got a season and a bit to watch. Comedy Central viewers can catch new episodes at Wednesdays, 11pm, with episodes appearing on iTunes shortly after.
In a bold TV-On-tv concept, Channel 4 have entered the living rooms of some of the nation's most opinionated television viewers. Taking a Royle Family-style set-up, aptly narrated by Caroline Aherne, the series exposes what Britain really thinks about what is on the box. Arguments and brilliant facial expressions abound as families and flatmates critique current TV from the comfort of their own sofas, which is loads more fun than it sounds. Catch the first three episodes on 4oD now. »
- Gwilym Mumford
Pm presenter Eddie Mair charms Radio 4 listeners daily, and TV viewers rejoiced when he took on Boris Johnson on The Andrew Marr Show. But will his irreverent humour dash his chances of becoming the new Paxman?
The BBC likes to talk about journalistic excellence and a tradition of creativity, but really it is an academy for stars. And after Eddie Mair's careful pinioning and dissection of Boris Johnson on Sunday's The Andrew Marr Show, there is a feeling out there that a new one has just graduated.
In truth, the questions Mair raised over Johnson's integrity were far from new, and neither were they especially serious, but it was the first time the London mayor's bluffness has so publicly been called. As always, Mair was calm, empathetic even, but also painfully direct, saying things such as: "Let me ask you about a barefaced lie" and "You're a nasty piece of work, »
- Leo Benedictus
The mayor of London's family are revealing on Johnson's desire to be prime minister in Michael Cockerell's new documentary
Admirers of Boris Johnson frequently pay tribute to – and his detractors just as often lament – the fact that, when it comes to the current mayor of London, the usual rules of politics do not seem to apply. So probably only Johnson could have agreed to give an interview on The Andrew Marr Show to promote a documentary with which he had co-operated, and then end up both fluffing the interview and trashing the film, Boris Johnson: The Irrepressible Rise, which is screened tonight at 9pm on BBC2.
It is also hard to imagine another politician who, after becoming the subject of a one-hour profile, would be trumped within 24 hours by his sister fronting a doc of her own: How to Be a Lady: an Elegant History presented by Rachel Johnson (BBC4, 9pm, »
- Stanley Johnson, Mark Lawson
Sunday Am 2Nd Update: The big news is that washed-up Arnold Schwarzenegger flopped in 10th place playing a washed-up lawman in The Last Stand (2,913 theaters). “Nobody wants to see Arnold,” one rival studio exec giggled to me. Lionsgate should demand its money back from Arnie who clearly can’t open a movie anymore even with a ‘B’ CinemaScore from audiences. Pic made only a pathetic $6.7M for the 3-day weekend and no more than $7.7M for the 4-day holiday. I don’t think that even covers Schwarzenegger’s cigar bill. The actioner featuring The Guvernator’s first solo comeback to the big screen was just one of the major releases that opened for the long Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Saturday’s business “was shockingly good,” execs told me, once again demonstrating that the theatrical business is kicking butt with audiences even if Arnold isn’t. Bombing as well was »
- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief
5 items from 2013
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