This is the second of five pieces reviewing the Best Interview nominees for this year's Sony Awards, the winner of which will be announced in London on 9 May. The writer is running the BBC College of Journalism's Art of the Interview season.



Jeremy Vine's interview with Gordon Brown in April last year was at the blood sport end of the interviewing scale. As Madeleine Bunting put it in the Guardian: "Losing elections is always painful, but there is one incident from 2010 that has left a scar on Labour's collective soul: Gordon Brown's disastrous encounter with Gillian Duffy... Labour thinkers are still anxiously picking at the painful scab, all too well aware of what it revealed about the party and its politics of the previous decade."

Duffy, you will remember, was the "bigoted woman". The epithet will no doubt follow her to her grave, and Gordon to his. After a 'meet the people' exercise on the campaign trail, the Prime Minister got into his car, unaware that he was still wearing a live microphone, and proceeded to mutter about how he should never have been put in the position of having to meet such a "bigoted woman".

He then drove straight into the arms of Jeremy Vine, to go live on his BBC Radio 2 show

The Prime Minister squirmed and suffered, head in hands (above), as he listened back to the incontrovertible proof of what he had said. His line of defence went from 'I apologise if I said anything like that' to 'I apologise profusely to the lady concerned' as he realised the game was well and truly up.

Consummate professional that he is, Jeremy mercilessly pressed him on whether Gillian Duffy should be allowed to express her view and whether he was blaming a colleague for his own mistake.

For my money it has to be the most riveting political interview of 2010.

Bridget Osborne is a BBC radio and television producer, most recently of the BBC World News interview strand HardTalk. In the first of this series, she wrote about Danny Baker interviewing Elton John.

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