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TV’s history of nurturing talent has led to some of the best shows ever. Thank heavens for the few still willing to think long term

By Peter Bazalgette   February 2010

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Which is the greatest British comedy series of all time? The results of our online survey are in: click here to read Peter Bazalgette’s blog on the results

There is a learned treatise to be written about television nurseries: series whose greatest significance is the embryonic talent which they nurtured. But don’t worry, this is not it. Any such study would have to record how the Tonight programme in the 1950s produced Alasdair Milne (later BBC director general) and Antony Jay (the co-author of Yes, Minister). Thames TV’s This Week in the 1960s…

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