Peter Rhodes: The star you never saw

PETER RHODES on how TV is changing, a vote on arming our cops and why we waste so much food.

Did you catch Clare?
Did you catch Clare?

ONE for you techno-buffs. I've just ordered a new batch of ink cartridges for my printer. Why is it the yellow one always runs out first?

THE plot was complex, the setting wonderful and the acting brilliant. But did you spot the real glory as the new series of Morse (ITV) began? I refer, of course to the fleeting image of a Ford Consul Classic, the most dazzlingly styled heap of rubbish ever to emerge from Dagenham. Wonderful to see one that has not rusted away.

CLAIRE Foy's award for Best Actress in a TV series at the Golden Globes focuses attention not only on her talent in the Netflix series The Crown but also on the changing nature of telly. It was once a vast unifying creation where everyone seemed to be following the latest drama. Today, telly is a scattergun thing, pumping out more and more programmes to ever-smaller audiences, including Netflix's pay-TV viewers. Thus, Claire Foy gets an award for appearing in a TV series that most TV viewers have not seen.

POLICE Federation members in London are being balloted on whether they want to carry guns. I predict a big majority against. This is not because the Met's officers are scared of loud noises or worried, in a high-minded way, that guns will alienate the public. The truth is much more mundane. It is that carrying a firearm can be a pain in the backside. You have to sign your personal weapon out at the start of each day, sign it in again at the end and account for every round of ammunition. You have to be trained with it, practise with it and clean the wretched thing. If you lose a single bullet you get disciplined. If you are forced to draw it from the holster, you have to fill in a report. You are required to pass a higher level of fitness and psychological testing to be an armed officer. If you ever fire your pistol there will be a full inquiry. If you mislay the weapon (it happens), you're out of a job. And in these troubled times, if a would-be jihadist wants a gun, what easier way to get one than to disable or kill a copper and steal his?

THE other tiny snag, as any cop will tell you, is that the officers who are keenest to get their hands on firearms are the ones who should never be allowed anywhere near them.

YESTERDAY'S report by the Waste and Resources Action Programme showing that we throw away 7.3 million tons of food a year speaks volumes about this nation's cookery skills. How many millions of the addicts who are glued to the screen for the fabulous fancies of Bake Off know how to use leftovers to make a bread and butter pudding?

The silly season comes early. It is reported this week that dentists have developed a new treatment for decay that could “substantially reduce” the need for fillings. Oh, really? The “no drilling / no filling” headline has been popping up every year for at least the past half-century, usually in the summer when news is slack. Curiously, no dentist you meet ever seems to have heard of these miracle cures. This will just hurt a little . . . .

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Comments for: "Peter Rhodes: The star you never saw"

A Lone Voice

I suspect the idea of "broadcast tv" will surely die over the next few years as a convergence between tv and the internet gathers pace. Watching a television programe at a defined time already seems "old hat" to me and "on demand" is surely the way that viewing will go.........

Time shifting and streaming will be the way that future generations will watch tv.......if they bother to watch it at all !

Lakeside

In the few seconds that I could be bothered to be on this page I counted 20 or more adverts or links to adverts. Most of the links are the awful Taboola sponsored items ( adverts for rubbish but set up to look like "news") and the pages still load slowly even on my brand new mega-fast computer and broadband.

If the E&S's owners MNA think that this is modern digital marketing then their thinking is very flawed because it's a real turn off to be presented with clickbait junk from a slow, overcrowded website.

Saddler in Sweden...

You are dead right Lakeside!!

The website was almost unusable for me on mobile and home devices until I set up adblockers... Now I have no problems, but it's ironic that by trying to force more and more ads on me, they pushed me to act so now I see an ad free Express and Star and they get no advertising revenue from me at all!!

Lakeside

What adblocker are you using? I bet they don't allow the answer to stay visible for long..