We’ve finally cancelled our TiVo subscription to Andrew Marr’s Sunday AM. Having seen almost every edition since the great sycophant, Sir David Frost, gave up the coveted slot that sets the, traditionally comment led, Sunday news agenda.
Sunday morning is exactly where insightful comment belongs. It’s the relaxed quiet before the storm of another working week; a time for thoughtful reflection.
For the first few weeks you could put all the hic-ups down to nerves. Yet almost every programme is introduced with the comment that this has been, or is about to be, a make or break week for Tony Blair: yawn. The newspaper reviews are ever so lazy. This week’s representatives of the sidelined political right – tedious Jane Moore and Jeff Randall – merely whinged predictably.
Sadly Marr, despite his big ears and quirky little car, is a rather tedious charisma free zone whose jokes will always fall flat and whose guests will always be curmudgeons incapable of anything other than the most obvious comment. Fortunately, their cynicism is ephemeral and easily forgotten by Sunday lunch. We need people on the couch that understand the ideas that really are driving the agenda of today. Let’s forget Andrew Marr’s Sunday AM and watch MTV instead.