Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

The Sky At Night

The BBC is thinking of cancelling The Sky at Night. I've been sent a petition to ask them not to.

I won't sign it.

The Sky at Night is a peculiar, hand-knitted programme- a lone survivor from the early days of television- which never changed and has always looked as if it cost about thruppence ha'penny to make.  I hardly ever watched it ( and barely understood it when I did) but I was happy to know it was out there somewhere.  Patrick Moore- with his mannerisms and monocle and quaint old-fashioned views- was a one-man justification for the licence fee. The BBC's willingness to carry on with his show for as long as he lived  (filming in his study when he became too frail to travel) was a commendable act of gallantry

I've no idea who presents it now. The format was wrapped around Moore's persona and there seems little reason to preserve the shell. Bury it reverently and come up with something new.

There is, as Ecclesiastes says, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them together and this is a time for scattering.
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