MI5 not Booker Prize

October 14, 2007 at 9:17 pm Leave a comment

The winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize will be revealed on Tuesday evening, but there will be no television coverage again this year – unless you count the Ten O’Clock News briefly cutting to the announcement of the winner that is…

Huw Edwards: And now over to London’s Guildhall to find out who’s won this year’s Man Booker Prize for fiction.

Howard Davies: …and the winner is Ni…

Huw Edwards: The winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize for fiction there. Presumably A Curious Earth, by Gerard Woodward, was excluded for being too well-written. Now for the national and international weather, followed by the weather in your area…

It’s no wonder I still haven’t got round to going digital. I keep thinking about buying a freeview box, but I really don’t want all those extra channels – there’s nothing on them worth watching. What exactly is the point of BBC4 if even they can’t be arsed with the biggest literary event of the year?

Is it really a coincidence that Tuesday’s ceremony clashes with the start of new series of Spooks on BBC1? Or a smelly cover-up? Could the BBC be conspiring to kill off a rival form of entertainment by denying books the oxygen of publicity? We should be told.


Entry filed under: BBC, Booker Prize, Spooks.

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