Byrnes, Sholto, The Independent (London, England)
Iain Duncan Smith may soon get the same treatment as William Hague. By that, I don't mean ignominious rejection by the voters (although that's quite possible too, of course), but a sympathetic television documentary. Charlotte Metcalf, the independent film- maker responsible for Channel 4's Just William - And Ffion, has IDS (right) in her sights. He hasn't said yes yet, but she thinks he will because his advisers will persuade him he should. Metcalf is a Labour supporter whose CV includes shooting a political broadcast for Tony Blair, but her Hague documentary was thought to have shown the former Tory leader in a favourable light. There was plenty of Hague the down-to-earth Yorkshireman, and the touching revelation that he would have given up his ambition to lead the Tories if Ffion had asked him not to run. I'm sure we're all dying to know more about Duncan Smith too.
The Queen and Prince Philip invited the lions into their Windsor den on Thursday night, where they held a reception for select members of the Fourth Estate. Her Majesty was quite happy to put uppity journalists in their place, replying to one who asked if she read the papers: "Read them? Certainly not. I look at them." There was also a noticeably large contingent from the republican press, luminaries from The Guardian and The Observer, and New Statesman editor Peter Wilby. "Polly Toynbee was within feet of Princess Anne," says one excited admirer, "but Polly looked far more regal, in a wonderful dress. And she had a lady-in-waiting with her: the Princess Royal, that is, not Polly."
As well as approaching politicians to appear on The Weakest Link, the BBC is trying to set up a show with contestants drawn from the world of fashion. At Conde Nast Traveller's party last week the designer Jacques Azagury told me that he had been asked to take part, but wasn't sure whether he would or not. …