Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Panorama to Return to Monday Evenings
A few years ago I published a history of Panorama by Richard Lindley to coincide with the programme's fiftieth anniversary. Tonight's news is that Panorama will be shifted from its Sunday graveyard slot to Monday evening at 8.30. Channel 4 is not pleased as it will clash with Dispatches. However, Panorama occupied the 8.10-9.00 slot for almost thirty years so it is good to see it returning to its natural home, albeit with 20 minutes knocked off. I'd like to see it go back to its roots with some more serious reporting too. Some of its recent programmes have been so tabloid in style that you'd have almost thought they belonged on Tonight with Trevor McDonald.