Mix it up with some carefully chosen One Show 5 minute specials: John Snow on sugar and Doodlebugs, the peerless Gyles on Disney visting England, oh and some singing flowers, (nope nor me) each allowing for proper reflection from our star guests. The latter eliciting the following fabulous exchange:
Matt: Are you a keen gardener, Sir Ian?
Ian: No, I'm a keen flower arranger.
Delivered and meant without a hint of knowingness. Nearly. Early news reports say that in Camden, Alan Bennett spontaneously combusted, his job done.
For those who don't know, The One Show has a running gag where they find people in shopping centres and libraries and so on, from a famous singer's home-town and get them to murder that person's most famous song with a carefully edited montage of terrible singing. (They may have more honest intentions but that's what Birmingham's Mr Blue Sky sounded like anyway). Tonight the BBC presenters themselves had gone for Do Re Mi, with Alex Jones as Maria, Matt as a thigh slapping Austrian caraicature, nuns a-plenty, bratwurst and choirs and Lucy Siegle dressed up as, um, Mary Poppins. Beautiful...