Things have reached a pretty pass, when someone pretty lower class, graceless and vulgar, uninspired (not to mention fat, charmless and boring), can be accepted and admired (with thanks to the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Evita for those lyrics).
Yes, as Adrian Chiles, the blobby-faced ‘star’ of The One Show flits off in a hiss over being scientifically too boring to host the Friday edition of that fairly flat show, we hear that one of our favourite telly comedes, the very surreal and barmy and lovely and eccentric Paul Merton will be his, albeit temporary, replacement.
So, while Chiles takes £6 million to fart secret farts into the GMTV red sofa (and they wonder why commercial television is up the creek without even a canoe let alone a paddle!), we get Pauly M every night of the week (except Fridays, when it’s Chris Evans).
It’s what is known in the trade *checks trade paper* as a result.