TV review: The cringe factor

By Diana Wichtel In Television

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18th February, 2012
Television. What is it good for? The medium the first BBC director-general, Lord Reith, once declared “a potential social menace of the first magnitude” has always been out to do more than inform, educate and entertain. That’s for sissies. Television also aims to have you hiding behind the sofa cushions, begging for mercy. I’m not just talking about the banter on Breakfast. Tele­vision’s more excruciating moments live on when much that has emanated from this most ephemeral of media has faded. As Michael Parkinson once said, “The only thing I am ever remembered for was ...

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