You wait ages for a clip of Carol Vorderman on Tomorrow's World - then a user by the name of "FR Hamilton" goes and uploads pretty much *every* episode she presented.
I won't post them all here, for obvious reasons - so I'll post just three, including her first.
Everyone knows, of course, that Carol hosted TW for less than a year before being forced off the show for advertising Ariel detergent. And everyone knows that there was uproar over this - although Michael S, commenting on TV Cream's TW page, feels she deserved to go: "The advert featured a *very* similar reconstruction of the TW set and it’s obvious she was abusing the authority granted to her as the presenter of the programme."
*Not* everyone knows, however, that Carol arrived as part of a year-zero revamp of the show, which did away with the studio demonstrations and all the '80s and early '90s presenters bar Howard Stableford (who I assume enjoyed doing TW so much that he didn't mind being demoted to number 2 behind Carol). This revamp also brought about the swimming baby (who survived into the new millennium), as well as a theme tune that was arguably less memorable than even Chris Blackwell's (which it replaced), let alone Dankworth's.
Would it be fair to say that there was a touch of Birtism about this revamp? Birt considered popular science programming a priority when he took over as DG proper, while new editor Edward Briffa's remark, "It was enjoyable to be parodied on Not the Nine O'Clock News and Ben Elton for the wobbly shots and fingernails, but those days are largely over I'm glad to say... we are going to give people damn good science stories and catch their imagination" sounds rather Birtist too.
Carol, meanwhile, argues in her book that it wasn't her decision to join TW in the first place, and also that, technically, she *wasn't* sacked - that Ariel wanted her to do another advert, that the BBC *legitimately* terminated her contract as a result, and that the press twisted the story. The aforementioned Michael S would probably disagree...
Now officially retired from TV Forum. "When the fun stops, stop."