Saturday 13 August 2011
Robert Robinson RIP
So farewell then Robert Robinson. You were a big part of our broadcasting lives in the 70s and 80s. Your wonderful comb-over hair was only marginally less ridiculous than the contestants' coiffures on Ask the Family. Radio 4's Stop the Week was possibly the most patronising programme ever offered by the BBC -- "dinner party conversation for people who don't go to dinner parties". And for me, the memory that lingers most is the scene where you have an injection in your ample arse before venturing, on the viewers' behalf, onto the dangerous streets of India.
The sadness is compounded by the fact that your passing was announced on Radio 4 by the strangled voice of the ghastly Carolyn Brown, arguably BBC radio's worst presenter. What a sad contrast with your honeyed tones.