This article is from 2007.
Think BBC, think fake phone-ins. Or maybe you think top notch presenters and correspondents with a vast intellectual weight behind them. Here’s a quintet who will be trampling on the daisies in Charlotte Square Gardens
Jeremy Paxman We’re not sure if there was ever a clause in his contract that read ‘be rude,’ or whether he just improvised as he went along, but Paxo has certainly stuffed a few politicos in his time. 26 Aug, 6.30pm, £8 (£6).
Clarissa Dickson Wright Another Beeb bruiser, CDW would regularly wolf down a vegetarian before lunchtime before scooting around the nation on a motorbike as one half of the Two Fat Ladies. Big Kenny Rogers fan, you know. 27 Aug, 6.30pm, £8 (£6).
Jeremy Bowen Another newsy Jeremy but with a gentler touch; and we don’t just mean the fluffy fuzz on his face. He may have faced bombs and gunfire in some of the most hostile spots across the globe, but his breakfast sofa manner called to mind the sympathetic medic. 23 Aug, 6.30pm, £8 (£6).
Kate Adie The doyenne of war reporting was savaged with little effect by the likes of Norman Tebbit back in the 80s when the likes of him were bombing the bejesus out of Libya with Adie daring to report the facts on the ground. Not to be messed with. 27 Aug, 4.30pm, £7 (£5).
Penny Junor She might look as though butter wouldn’t melt within a hundred paces of her, but the ex-Travel Show presenter hasn’t been afraid to buck the trend by showing Diana Spencer in a less than halo-like light in some of her regal biography work. Might not be on Eric Clapton’s Christmas card list after hooking up with Pattie Boyd, the lady who inspired ‘Layla’, on her life story. 23 Aug, 8.30pm, £8 (£6).