I miss the Leveson inquiry. What eventually becomes of the much-kicked-around report on press regulation that resulted from it could be the subject of about 50 blogposts, but the inquiry itself was hands-down the best long-form TV concept of the decade. Jokes keep being made about a DVD box set coming out, but, sad to admit, if it were true I’d seriously consider buying one.
It was an Ashes series of media self-absorption; you could switch on BBC Parliament in the morning and it would fill the day, and the week, with cut-and-thrust, unexpected cameos, tours de force, slow, ineluctable swings in fortune … there’s nothing on telly now anywhere near as gripping, or as badly lit.
So let’s have a quick flashback to two of the stars of the show: the superb Robert Jay, chief counsel to the inquiry (now promoted to the bench), and Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye, whose position vis-a-vis a semi-statutory press regulator is going to be a tricky one: