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Rich Tea504 posts since 16 Apr 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
I know Andrew has regularly namedropped the drink over the years but with Simon McCoy I lost count of the number of times that Blue Nun got mentioned last night, as well as actually having a bottle of it sitting nice and prominently on the desk. Surely this was pushing the boundaries on advertising on the BBC? It literally came across like a blatant product placement and This Week endorsement.
House3,169 posts since 13 Mar 2007
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Like most people it’s not unusual for Andrew take some weeks off in the year.


Yes, but it's very unusual for Andrew to miss TW. In fact, I can't remember it ever happening before.


He has missed a show towards the end of previous series, maybe even the last in the run. I'm sure one year someone else hosted (Eddie Mair?), and Andrew was on as a guest in (I think) New York.

Emily Maitlis hosted it once, too. I’m not sure if Jo Coburn has ever hosted it, or just appeared on it. But certainly they’ve done well over the years to find qualified and capable journalists who all have their own distinctive dry wit and calm demeanour to fill in for Andrew. Never a sense Mair/Maitlis/McCoy were trying to copy Andrew’s style, yet they all fit the format and tone of the programme. I can’t see other prominent presenters like Nick Robinson or Huw Edwards pulling it off so easily.
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marshmallow gave kudos
Brekkie31,961 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
I know Andrew has regularly namedropped the drink over the years but with Simon McCoy I lost count of the number of times that Blue Nun got mentioned last night, as well as actually having a bottle of it sitting nice and prominently on the desk. Surely this was pushing the boundaries on advertising on the BBC? It literally came across like a blatant product placement and This Week endorsement.

Have you cashed the cheque from McVities yet?
I preferred the internet when it had a sense of humour.
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oflahertya, Pete and Jon gave kudos
Steve Williams2,804 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Scripted I’m sure Huw could, so for This Week he’d be fine. It’s the election nights that will suffer from Huw being devoid of any off the cuff humour. Which Dimbleby did with ease in addition to bringing the gravity to proceedings.


Huw's got a great sense of humour, the fact he's joined in with the majesty that is Huws at Ten illustrates that. I loved that BBC1 Christmas trailer the other year when he played piano with Tom Jones.

There was an old website devoted to that brilliant BBC Choice series The RDA where mentioned that for a week they began to monitor the exact time Huw left the building after reading the news. And then he happily came on the show to chat about it, and was very funny.