People have always talked to television; it is just that television has not always listened – The Guardian

The Guardian
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Nancy Banks-Smith

GILBERT HARDING was not only the first TV man, he was the first two-way TV man. A friend remembers him “watching and arguing with the television.” He would carry on these one-way discussions with whomever it was he happened to be watching and get quite violent about it. I remember him having a set-to like that with Cliff Michelmore and then, when the programme was finished, he phoned up Michelmore and continued the argument in person. People have always talked to television; it is just that television has not always listened. It Shouldn’t Happen to a Pig, the first Brass Tacks programme, was not so much an eye-opener as a stomach turner