The Spectator's Notes

Charles Moore

The Spectator’s Notes | 27 May 2006

Here, in full, is the current newspaper advertisement for the coming programmes on ITV1: ‘THIS SUMMER  Ant and Dec will give away £1,000,000. Famous faces will face the music (and Simon Cowell). David Beckham will bare his soul to the nation. A man will be drowned alive. Robbie Williams will support Unicef. Gazza will support

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