Saturday Night Movie: The Man who Fought the Planners – The Story of Ian Nairn
An excellent documentary, and an excellent entry point to Ian Nairn – after watching this you’ll probably find yourself trawling YouTube for more original footage. Here was a man who fought against the destruction of old towns, yet did not consider himself a conservationist. A man who railed against the follies of town planners, but who could appreciate decent modern architecture. This programme also harks back to a time when TV could just be a passionate, articulate and informed person speaking to camera without any gimmicks, and could still be compelling and vital.
Have you seen his ‘Travels across Britain’, currently on iPlayer? A three part series of the sort that’s hard to imagine being made now. Recommended.
I’ve watched the first one and have the next two lined up. I thought it was brilliant – he was such an engaging screen presence. I just don’t think many TV producers would let someone loose to present a programme like that these days. Proper, non-dumbed-down telly.