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Shoot the presenters
on 6 March 2013
There are some wonderful, evocative and memorable performances on these discs, and if they had followed the format of using the original programme introductions or used optional on-screen captions, I could watch them again and again.
Unfortunately the BBC have a habit of employing presenters who prefer the sound of their own voices over the artists they are introducing, (as happens during every televised music festival). The result is a series of lengthy and tedious personal reminiscences that interrupt the flow and pace of the music, are extremely annoying on first viewing and make a second play unlikely except to people who like to keep one finger on the fast-forward button.
An excellent idea, a welcome trip down memory lane, but a flawed presentation. Interview the staff next time if you like, BBC, but put them in a section at the end so we don't have to listen to such interminable drivel, subjective views that are of no interest to anyone other than the person speaking.