LIKE TRACY AND HEPBURN…
Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan
You know that age-old game about who you’d most like to have dinner with?
Well, I’d like to nominate the following couple (I think the rules allow that): BBC broadcaster Peter Snow (yes, he of the “Swingometer”) and his wife, Ann Macmillan, who for a number of years was managing editor of the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
They were at Blenheim to talk about their new book: ‘War Stories: Gripping Tales of Courage, Cunning and Compassion’. And not only was the subject matter fascinating, but so too were they.
If Newsnight or Panorama could ever host a weekly stand-up double act, these two would be perfect. Natural communicators (obviously) they took a topic that could have wallowed in its own self-importance and instead elevated it to a terribly British Indiana Jones-style celebration.
MacMillan was savvy and chirpy while Snow…well, you’d know his voice anywhere - something akin to a pastoral vicar at the turn of the 20th Century, his oration peppered with such affectionate illuminations as “wonderful bloke”, “swashbuckling fellow” and “damn fine chap”.
God they were a sexy couple; they laughed at each other’s asides, burst with pride as the other spoke, and could hardly contain their mutual excitement.
Exhausting and euphoric in equal measure
A FLAWLESS END-OF-FESTIVAL TOAST… SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 18.27PM
FROM THE RIDICULOUS TO THE SUBLIME… SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 15.23PM
THE RAT PACK FOR THE STAIRLIFT GENERATION… SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 14.23PM
JEEVES WOULD APPROVE… SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 18.31PM
QUALITY NOT QUANTITY… SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 15.28PM
WELL YOU WOULD, WOULDN’T YOU…? SATURDAY, OCT 13, 13.15PM
WELL, I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING… FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 17.55PM