It’s odd how outstanding talent is squandered in the world of entertainment, while less obviously gifted individuals prosper.
I can’t think of a more accomplished or amusing radio broadcaster than Danny Baker in the past 30 years – with the possible exception of Terry Wogan.
He has an edgy wit, a deft turn of phrase and a motor-mouth articulacy which draws everything together. It’s an impressive package.
He also has a reputation for unfettered thinking, which may explain why he has only ever been used sparingly by the BBC and commercial stations.
But now he has recovered from a cancer scare, let’s hope some producer somewhere has the sense to give him the sort of opportunities his flair and inventiveness warrant.