Saturday, 18 October 2008

Railway Walks

I am not, nor have I ever been, remotely interested in either railways or walking. But I am enjoying Julia Bradbury's series of railway walks. There is so little of value on the moving television screen these days, and even less for a gentleman of discerning tastes (as I like to think I have). But Julia Bradbury.... I'll tell you what, dear listeners. Forget the favourite hymns for a moment - let's do favourite TV presenters instead. Top of my list, of course, would be Valerie Singleton, closely followed by Angela Rippon. And dear, dear Julia would certainly be in the top three. I quite admired Aneka Rice, but found the confounded nonsense she presented completely unintelligible. I'd happily watch Miranda Krestovnikoff and Alice Roberts walking round the English coastline, too. But I'd have to trade them all in for an evening talking music with the delightful Sara Mohr-Pietsch. And to think she won her job in a talent contest. Honestly, it provides a whole new meaning to the word.





16 comments:

Z said...

My first and best crush was on Bamber Gascoigne, when I was about eight years old. I'm not sure that I notice television presenters now, unless it is to scoff at them.

Tenon_Saw said...

Susanna Reid
Kate Humble [when she as starting out]
Natasha Kaplinsky [before she got too famous]
Toyah Wilcox
Sue Lawley [before she aged - but can *I* talk?]
Off for a cold shower!

Kevin Musgrove said...

Julia Bradbury's so very much more attractive in her walking series than she is in the other programmes she's on. I still haven't worked out why.

My guilty pleasures include Joan Bakewell, Kirsty Young, Zoe Ball (mouth and legs, what can I say...)and Rita Chakrabarti has great eyes.

East Anglian Troy said...

I was quite taken with Jenny Scott who appeared with Andrew Marr on the Daily Politics Show. She's an economist and this year left the BBC to become Director of Communications at the Bank of England. Beauty and intelligence, what more could you ask for?
(If you don't know who I mean then google her).

Lucy Fishwife said...

Jools Holland! Not so much now, more on The Tube ages ago. And of course the increasingly unhinged presenting style of Bruce Forsyth...
Have tagged you! On my blog! Go crazy!

scarlet-blue said...

Micheal Rodd from Screen Test . . . Kev will know who I mean. I was very young . . .
Sx

The Dotterel said...

I'm quite fond of Sophie Rayworth - she used to present the local news up here. Hasn't she done well for herself?

Gadjo Dilo said...

Moira Stewart always piqued my taste for exoticism by being both dusky and Scottish (wasn't she?) at the same time.

Michael Rodd, though, Scarlet - he was dapper, admittedly, but you'd soon tire of that.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Mine would be "Hadrian" every time...(just joking!). The combination of beauty/intelligence is hard to beat...hmm...you've got me thinking....

Barry Teeth, Beet Poet said...

Much as the man's a raving nutter, you have to admit that Barry George has good taste in presenters. Jill Dando. Kay Burley. It's a shame he has to kill them though.

Kevin Musgrove said...

I think Scarlet thought Michael Rodd could get her into the movies. Or at least a walk-on part in a BFI Saturday matinee film about kids in wellingtons.

I'm happy to second Troy's nomination of Jenny Scott.

scarlet-blue said...

Ahhhh . . . this wasn't a wise confession was it?
Sx

Kevin Musgrove said...

Scarlet: it wasn't Piers Morgan.

librarylizzie said...

I'm with Scarlet on Michael Rodd, and there was also a shortlived Blue Peter presenter...Chris Wenner - only stuck it two years and then went on to be a *proper* journalist...anyway, he was nice.

The Dotterel said...

I forget to mention Konnie Huq!

Can Bass 1 said...

Konnie who?