Overheard in the Vertigo Café...

The BBC is mounting a new 26-part series, the baby of TV Managing Director Will Wyatt. Peter Pagnamenta is in charge of co-production with Boston’s WGBH and BBC Enterprises on The People’s Century – a history of the 20th century as the age in which the peoples of the world have determined political development and democracy has triumphed. Apparently only one episode is devoted to guerrilla wars, and the prospectus describes it in the words, ‘“People’s Wars” were often fought on behalf of others.’ The episode will deal with Afghanistan, Algeria and Vietnam. There is apparently no episode devoted to the Mexican Revolution.


An experienced producer of factual programmes reports that he recently had a letter from a Channel 4 commissioning editor about a project he’d submitted to which, inadvertently attached, was a copy of the original proposal with a scribbled remark: ‘This director not to be touched with a bargepole.’