John Gibson: Oh brother! David is no Richard

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So far, so good, said David Attenborough in his repeat visit to the Great Barrier Reef.

So far, so good, said David Attenborough in his repeat visit to the Great Barrier Reef.

Obviously the BBC, again in their absolute wisdom, felt it prudent we should see it again, prime time.

Seen it before and poor old David, pictured, who would appreciate the repeat viewing fee, looked well past it.

I’d much have preferred his late brother Richard, still in my mind, residing at 10 Rillington Place.

He was by far a more attractive and informative television performer.

I’ll be giving War and Peace a body swerve. The book itself weighed a ton and, from what I can gather, so will the viewing spectacle. I automatically shrink from the alleged Leo Tolstoy masterpiece.

All aboard

If anybody is milking the railways it has to be Michael Portillo, who was on Monday setting off on the first leg of a journey through north-west England from, of all places, Carlisle. Just as well that it was pre-recorded from there, bearing in mind the flooding.

Age-old issue

The latest Antiques Road Trip involves Catherine Southon and, inevitably the whispering Paul Laidlaw. Laidlaw himself at this rate will soon be an antique.

Crown and out

Watch When Ant and Dec Met The Prince? The hell I won’t!

I’ve always thought Prince Charles, for whom he alone of the royals I have the greatest respect, had more to do than rub shoulders with what has been dubbed the least amusing double act in the country.

His Highness didn’t hang about with this deadly duo and I don’t blame him.