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Most of the Brit commentators tramping around America this season have missed the point. More4's drama, John Adams, is the true text for our times

By Peter Bazalgette   December 2008

Telly folk love “pegs”: topical justifications for programmes they were going to make anyway. In the case of the US elections we have had not so much a peg as a huge and over-burdened hook. Take any piece to camera this season by Simon Schama, Stephen Fry, Jon Snow, Justin Webb or Michael Crick, and scrutinise the background. British commentators are so thick on Yankee ground that you should be able to spot them tramping through each other’s shots, a bit like all those Alan Whickers in that Monty Python sketch.

I won’t be reviewing Stephen Fry in America (BBC1).…

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