Robert Hampton

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31st December 2009

2009? More like Woo! Thousand and Nine!

Was this year an exciting way to say goodbye to the decade? Here’s a reminder of what happened on planet Hampo this year (part 2, hopefully, follows tomorrow):-

January started out with one of my favourite shows being revived. Despite being up against EastEnders and being hosted by Ben Shepherd, the Krypton Factor did well enough to be recommissioned for a second series. We found out Who would replace David Tennant, and a year later we still haven’t actually seen him in the role. ITV’s latest attempt to ape the success of Doctor Who was Demons which failed spectacularly; the only creative thing about it being the number of different excuses the writers found for Christian Cooke to remove clothing.

In the wider world, various eras were drawing to a close, as Woolworths closed its doors, Tony Hart kicked the bucket and Dubya left office. Meanwhile, yours truly had an enjoyable night in London Theatreland.

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18th January 2009

Broken Hart

That’s sad. I remember being glued to my seat during Hart Beat on early-90s Children’s BBC, before trying (unsuccessfully) to recreate some of his techniques at home. It usually resulted in paint all over the place, lots of screwed up paper where I’d made a mistake, and tears before bedtime.

(I’m also glad of the video clip on the BBC report linked to above, because it confirms that he did co-present SMart when it first started, and it wasn’t just my imagination. No-one else I’ve spoken to remembers that!)