An essay by Finlay Macdonald on a typically brilliant and impossible to categorise work of biographical art by the late James McNeish.
"It’s always a mistake to imagine a host is bigger than the format. Paul Holmes played that card when he took his show from TVNZ to Prime, and it was not an ace."
"Jon Stewart has probably done more good for the image of America abroad than any of the presidents he has made fun of in his 17 years on air" – Finlay Macdonald farewells Jon Stewart
"For a guy dressed in period knitwear who sang from a rocking chair, that’s not a bad innings." – Finlay Macdonald pays tribute to Val Doonican, the man who put the rock into rocking chair.
"Simply a stone in the shoe for a channel remaking itself in the image of its new board – what you might call the NZX Factor."
After gorging himself on a strict diet of food television and cooking reality shows, Finlay Macdonald examines the skills required to be the perfect public eater.