Victor Lewis-Smith

Victor Lewis-Smith

Lewis-Smith claimed in the Daily Mirror to have worked for the BBC at the age of 17, continuing after graduation from the University of York with contract employment on BBC radio talk shows Rollercoaster, Start The Week and Midweek, during which he booked Arthur Mullard as a stand-in presenter for Libby Purves (interviewing Prof. A. J. Ayer). According to The Times (26 February 1987) Lewis-Smith was replaced after ratings had fallen: "the department head, Alan Rogers, broke convention by admitting that the programme...had lost its way".

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Victor Lewis Smith

  Series 1 : Pilot episode plus 6 episodes - 25 minutes each.

Radiohaha, the online encyclopaedia of contemporary British radio comedy, describes Lewis-Smith as having been "almost entirely eclipsed by the rise of Chris Morris, who tends to occupy similar ground". Morris (then working in BBC Radio Bristol) in fact sent a Lewis-Smith-style tape to Loose Ends in 1988, asking if he could be on the programme (doing something similar a couple of years later by writing to Time Out editor John Morrish, asking to take over Lewis-Smith's column when the latter was on holiday).

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