ROBSON Green was a little puzzled when he turned up to meet the press at a central London hotel yesterday.
We’d just watched the first film in series four of Wire In The Blood, which returns to ITV1 in September. Robson is back as Dr Tony Hill, alongside new screen partner Simone Lahbib as Det Insp Alex Fielding.
Inspired by the novels of Stockport-based author Val McDermid, it’s disturbing stuff about the darker side of human nature.
Which is why Robson was mystified to receive a call from one producer, who said: “I saw you in Wire In The Blood. Can you do six months of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?”


WELL, did you see it?
Sir Jimmy Savile made his feelings quite clear without saying a word after the final credits had rolled on the last ever Top of the Pops.
Turning off the studio lights – 42 years after hosting the first show in Manchester – he shook his head. The message to BBC bosses was clear: “You’ve made a mistake.”
Last night’s one-hour special opened with the Rolling Stones, just as TOTP had on New Year’s Day 1964. And, of course, the choice of track from the black and white video library was: “The Last Time”.


BIG Mutha Davina warned us to have the tissues ready, and she wasn’t joking.
Last night’s Big Brother eviction show was a blub fest to match anything in the Channel 4 show’s history.
Those producers spending a long hot summer of bruv in BB HQ – a TV and film stage just off Borehamwood High Street – certainly know how to manipulate an audience.
This time it was the tried and tested letters from home routine. Tears flowed as the BB prisoner housemates received news from outside.


THE hot ticket today is for the recording of the last ever Top of the Pops.
A one hour special will be screened on BBC2 on Sunday evening as the veteran show reaches the end of the road.
Stars past and present are gathering at BBC Television Centre in west London for the farewell edition. Jimmy Savile, the man who hosted the very first programme in Manchester 42 years ago, is already at the studios.


LET’S start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? Well, you can find out on BBC1 this Saturday night, with more details in tomorrow’s M.E.N. Television page feature.
The Sound of Music is, arguably, the greatest musical story of all time. The original Broadway show was turned into that classic 1965 film starring Julie Andrews – and is still one of many people’s favourite things.


IT was a Monday lunchtime much like this one when the phone rang.

Jill Dando had been attacked outside her house and was feared dead.

I noticed my hand shaking. Exactly seven days earlier, almost to the minute, I’d met Jill and spoken to her for a forthcoming feature.

The tape of what was now one of her very last interviews was sitting on the desk beside that phone, still to be transcribed.

A little while later came the newsflash confirming Jill’s death


IT’S a story of the old and the new for armchair fans of the Open Golf Championship this weekend.
Perhaps you’re a keen player, avid fan or once a year crazy golfer like me. It doesn’t matter. Everyone can appreciate the sporting drama at Hoylake as it moves towards a climax on Sunday evening.


SCORCHING July. So, naturally, it’s time for the BBC to unveil their autumn programmes.
Today it’s the turn of BBC2, who just this minute have released their new season of shows, including a second series of the award-winning Extras. It’s just one example of how the TV world operates on a different timescale to most of us.


THE tennis circus has moved on and it’s back to my usual job as London Editor and TV Editor of the Manchester Evening News. As you can see, we’ve also decided to move on – from Wylie’s Wimbledon to The Life of Wylie. Who thinks these titles up? That’s because the online team at the M.E.N. believe, for reasons best known to themselves, that you might be interested in the occasional insight into my working life. So shall we start with the 24 hours which ended at 11pm last night? Right, then. I’ll be asking questions later.