There are few things more perplexing in TV than the guest list for ‘Piers Morgan’s Life Stories’. On no other show could you find Ronnie Corbett, Gordon Brown, Katie Price and Burt Reynolds opening their hearts and tearducts for our delectation. It’s either a tribute to Morgan’s bulging contacts book, or a sign of utter desperation as the producers cast around for someone – anyone – with something to promote, an hour free and the iron will required to resist punching the idiotic host in his ingratiating mug.
The first two names for this new series – its ninth, terrifyingly – continue this trend of celebrities apparently chosen at random. Next week it’s Lorraine Kelly, but tonight we spend an hour with Esther Rantzen, who will be talking about ‘That’s Life’, Jimmy Savile and Childline.
You haven't 'done' Soho until you've been to a gig at The Borderline, simple as. This much-loved venue with a loyal audience has given a platform to countless bands and artists throughout its long history – stretching back over 20 years – and is still going strong today, showcasing both new and revered talent. Head in for a gig on any given day and you could find yourself moshing to rock and metal, getting busy on the dancefloor at an indie club night or perhaps soaking up the sweet tone of a folk, blues or Americana singer-songwriter. It can get a little cramped when the 275-ish capacity fills up, but that's all the better for creating an intimate atmospherewhere between artist and audience, and means you won't have to worry about elbowing your way to the front past thousands of people. A Soho musical institution. We were there when The Borderline reopened in March 2017: