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Piers Morgan's celebrity interview series can be seen as the modern incarnation of Face to Face. The trouble is, Morgan is too soft on his subjects

By Christopher Hird   October 2007

Celebrity infuses television. There are films about celebrities‚ ranging from hagiographies to series such as Celebrities Behaving Badly. There are programmes presented by celebrities, some of them unlikely pairings (Paul Merton on China), others more appropriate (Stephen Fry on depression). And there are programmes in which celebrities are interviewed. Many viewers must feel that the number of celebrity-related programmes has greatly increased in recent years. A recent “urgent” email that independent producers received from the Channel 4 documentary department, calling for on-screen talent (“WHO IS THE FACE FOR US?”), shows how broadcasters believe that no programme is complete without a…

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