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#6556

Danny Leigh, a Guardian guy, was the main co-host for most of her run (it was even called Film 20xx with Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh for most of the run), but he left shortly after her.


#6557

Leigh was good, he turned me on to a few things.

It’s ridiculous that a slot like this was open and Kermode didn’t have it, he’s moving towards being the next Roger Ebert. He’s also been with the BBC for as long as I can remember, 20 years I’d say at least. He has presenting chops too. Maybe he didn’t want it.


#6558

There were kind of hints to that effect when Ross left the role, it could just have been modesty at work but Kermode ruled himself out quite quickly.


#6559

Yeah, I vaguely recall that too.

Looked it up:

I can kind of see why he said that, but it’s not been a problem for Wittertainment nor his film reviews on the News channel, so I don’t see why it would have been for the Film Programme (and Ross certainly didn’t shy away from slating mainstream things or indulging niches).


#6560

I do wonder if there’s some bad blood there, given his reaction to the news:



#6561

Maybe not the most mainstream but did you ever hear his absolute panning of Clerks 2? It was up on Youtube but I can’t find it now. It was one of the harshest reviews I’ve ever heard and he basically accuses Smith of being unable to write, act or direct.


#6562

I mean, Mallrats I can understand.
But Clerks 2?


#6563

He seemed to have a really visceral hate for Smith’s stuff as he was never generally that rude about other films I can remember. The video long gone the best I could find was his final summary:

It’s a real tribute to the man’s shrewd use of the Internet to keep his profile alive, that he has managed to sustain a career in the movie industry. As he has no detectable talent as writer, director, editor, or actor.

Since they have some mutual friends around comics and film circles I did wonder if they’d ever bump into each other. Smith knows about the ranty review as he was asked about it when on another BBC show as a guest.


#6564

And more:


#6565

:joy: This was the era of ratings-grabbing, controversy-baiting Top Gear, why on Earth would they have shied away from giving Kermode the film show based on that?


#6566

Well, it wasn’t very good for a start. :smile:

Kermode is a very good presenter but that looked like self-sabotage.


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#6570

My wife is very happy with this. She really is a great fit for the show.


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#6572

Someone on the new season of ‘Luther’ is a Quatermass fan;


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#6574

This is a nice retrospective.

I used to love Desmond’s, and as trite as it sounds to talk about a sitcom as being culturally significant, I think it actually was a pretty important part of breaking down some social barriers (in the same way as people talk about with Goodness Gracious Me and Asian communities a decade later).


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