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Tom Hopkinson, the former Editor of Picture Post, and William Hardcastle, Deputy Editor of the Daily Mail, were brought in as advisers on news gathering and as occasional interviewers; James Cameron of the News Chronicle and Kenneth Harris of the Observer were commissioned to present items on a one-oﬀ basis – in particular interviewing heavyweight politicians, economists and scientists. Relying on ‘the knowledge and opinions of people outside the staﬀ for the solid background material that goes into our items’ was regre�ed by Peter Hunt, but, he went on, ‘all that is changing.
The series set out to reﬂect its times, and sometimes it did so inadvertently. But to a large extent its writers, directors and producers simply got on and did what seemed interesting to them. For example, the early This Week had its own aviation correspondent, ex-ﬁghter pilot Colin Hodgkinson, ‘who lost his legs training to ﬂy Spitﬁres’. He provided the programme with snappy and inventive stories for several years and built a twoseater plane for £500 in a shed on the Isle of Wight. 57). Life on This Week A�er a live transmission the team would wind down at the local pub (there were some heavy drinkers) and at the Good Friends restaurant.
The crisis in the Middle East had been a crisis of colonial conﬁdence and of Britain’s global role, but it was also a crisis of rising post-war prosperity. Western nations, and Britain in particular, were forced to recognize that world resources were not under their automatic control. 56). As well as being a watershed in modern global politics, Suez is widely thought to have revolutionized political television. Grace Wyndham Goldie commented that it was ‘a salutary warning of the lengths to which a political party may go, when in power, to prevent the broadcasting of any opinions but its own’.