Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Gerry's Bar

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Gerry's Bar

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Gerry Anderson did actually volunteer to fly that kamikaze mission called Anderson Country. He wasn't a pressed man. Someone at Radio 4 should have flung themselves in front of the controls and said. "No, no, don't do it!" But he'd probably have gone ahead just the same. I bet he gave a cheery thumbs up just before he took to the air, straight into enemy fire.

Against the incredible barrage of national protest, the BBC fired off about accessible radio, the joys of a regular date with a phone-in and the value of regional voices. But I'll believe no other explanation for that dreadful series than that it was a money-saving wheeze. One man at the helm for five one-hour shows a week, live, at the mercy of phone-lines and untried guests. One scapegoat when things went wrong. No wonder he split his infinitives, mispronounced his script and threw in too much vacuous musing. And, by God, Anderson Country was cheap. I did a turn on it one afternoon and the size of the cheque - believe me, I have seen small cheques - was barely discernible to the naked eye.

Gallantly, he's back on Radio 4 and it's good to hear him returned to the form of his 1992 series, Stroke City. The voice is wonderful again: confident, the diction so precise. Anderson's Derry accent allows the language to be spoken with no letter lost to the usual southern English sloppiness. He is easy at the mike and delivers a perfectly scripted monologue.

I do wish they hadn't called the new series Gerry's Bar (Fridays, 9.45am and Sundays, 6.15pm). …

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