Clive Anderson accompanies us through the most embarrassing chat moments on TV, including BA Robertson's interview with Annabella Lwin and Frank Skinner's interview with Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, as well as his own car-crash TV moments.
'Chat' has been a staple on TV since television sets were made of Bakelite, so there is plenty of archive to pick through. As well as the history of chat shows on TV, Clive Anderson guides us through chat on TV in a more general sense: chat on news programmes, children's shows, daytime TV, as well as chat in other forms - such as the American-style confrontational shows like Trisha where the general public are the stars.
As well as revelling in the most awkward chat moments, we get first-hand tips and advice from chat show regulars and insiders, such as how to make an entrance and how to survive an on-air walk-out.
Plus Michael Aspel reveals the lowest point in his chat show career, which wasn't when Oliver Reed came on with a large jug of vodka and orange, or the time when Mel Brooks walked off after his first question. And there are other classic moments, such as Parky meeting Meg Ryan, Ben Elton meeting Robin Day, and Bill Grundy meeting The Sex Pistols.
Contributors include: Michael Aspel, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Ulrika Jonsson, Nicky Campbell, Nicholas Parsons, Bea Ballard, James Whale, Trisha Goddard, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Tony Parsons, Mike Read and Sarah Greene.