Thursday, November 20, 2008

Carry on Sergeant

Amidst the wailing and gnashing of teeth at John Sergeant's act of hari-kiri on Strictly Come Dancing, I have to say I thought he did the right thing.

John's a shrewd political operator as well as a warm and witty guy - I suspect that BBC bosses had told him that he was easily topping the viewers' poll, and potentially could have knocked out some of the very serious contenders.

The national mood might well then have turned - it was evident after the last show that he was receiving the cold shoulder from the remaining contestants.

So "smart move, John" I thought - right up until this morning, when I read that this week John and Kristina were going to essay Sophie Ellis Bextor's Murder on the Dancefloor.

It promised to be a tongue-in-cheek classic, and probably worth the license fee alone. 

So now I rather feel as if we've been robbed.....

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

John Sargeant is one of the nicest men on television.

I will never forget the time in November 1990 when he was broadcasting from outside the British Embassy in Paris when the first ballot of the Tory leadership election was announced. Suddenly from behind him, which he was totally unaware of, the doors of the embassy burst open, Margaret Thatcher came down the steps with Bernard Ingham her Press Secretary to make a statement. They were level with John Sergeant and the assembled press when Bernard Ingham promptly bundled John Sargeant out of the way in full view of millions of viewers.