Friday, 24 March 2017
640 Lynda Lee's People
First viewed : Summer 1983
This was a regional programme made by BBC North West, the rest of the country being fortunate enough to escape it. Lynda Lee was Lynda Lee-Potter, right wing columnist for the Daily Mail . She was a miner's daughter from Leigh who went to a grammar school and made her way up the social ladder as a journalist. Following a filmed report on her home town as a Nationwide feature, she was commissioned to make this series about other people from the north west who'd made good such as Debbie Moore founder of the Pineapple Dance Studios.
As a TV presenter she had an irritating voice and a very patronising manner which got my back up immediately. However, the series had one huge feather in its cap for me, a rare ( at the time at least ) TV interview with my ultimate hero, the Lakeland guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright .
There were no great revelations from the interview which he described as "a torment" at its close. I already knew he was in his late seventies so there was no shock in seeing him as a brittle old man; I just wondered at his judgement in granting an interview to the appalling Ms Potter.