I fancy The Vicar in the 3.20

November 22, 2008

A Saturday morning after the night before is all about the T4, programming for the young slash hungover. But if you get up too early, you’re greeted by the Morning Line, in which a bunch of horse people preview the day’s racing. It’s great! A motley crew of gamblers, bookies, ex-jockeys, fat racehorse owners in tweed and the kind of haggard middle-aged guys who spend their lives propping up the bar in market town pubs. Except these guys get to have their pub conversations on TV. What’s not to like! And when they interview racing folk at the track, it’s a fascinating glimpse into an almost feudal world with slightly seedy edges. Or maybe I just read too many of my mum’s Dick Francis novels when I was a kid…