Letter: A critic's lot

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Your listings writer Gerard Gilbert asks of BBC2's Late Review: "How did Allison Pearson, Tony Parsons and Tom Paulin get this one sewn up?" (Thursday Review, 1 April). The current series of Late Review has rotated 15 critics, with appearances by the three Ps together forming easily a minority of editions.

"Why are the guests always journalists?" he asks. Novelists and historians are well-represented. We don't use producers, actors, and publishers because those involved in an artform are usually reluctant to criticise it.

MARK LAWSON

Presenter

Late Review, BBC2

London W1

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