Sunday, September 02, 2007


In Saturday's Guardian Simon Hoggard recounts that on the News Quiz (recorded Thursday, broadcast Friday and Saturday) preceding Princess Diana's death Alan Corin joked: "I don't know anything about landmines or Princess Di, but I do know you'd be mad to poke either of them". He would not, as it were, recommend one to poke-Her-Highness. On Saturday night: "The producer came specially in to Broadcasting House to lock the master tape in a safe so that it could never, ever be broadcast again". The instant re-writing of history had begun ("...a whole nation united in grief...", etc).


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