BOB HART OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Saturday -

THERE is some­thing in­ces­tu­ous about Tony Martin, who hosts this se­ries, in­ter­view­ing Rob Sitch, with whom he of­ten works. Not that there is any­thing wrong with that, of course.

In fact, per­haps it is the in­ces­tu­ous na­ture of the en­tire se­ries that makes it work as Martin gains al­most im­me­di­ate ac­cess to the in­ner­most thoughts of his sub­jects — many of whom are, at the very least, old friends.

We saw how well things went with Alan Davies, with whom Martin has shared com­edy stages, and how much more of them­selves celebri­ties are in­clined to re­veal when they are re­laxed, un­threat­ened and sim­ply chat­ting with a mate.

There is more spon­tane­ity, and less pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with those care­fully re­hearsed, and prob­a­bly un­true, anec­dotes which are the meat and pota­toes of most chat shows, es­pe­cially the NorthAmer­i­can va­ri­ety.

Away from the telly, Martin is a rare and dif­fi­cult tal­ent to cat­e­gorise: he is funny, charm­ing and quick. But so far, he seems to have failed to reach his full po­ten­tial.

His ra­dio shows were suc­cess­ful, but sel­dom as suc­cess­ful as they seemed to de­serve. His film, Bad Eggs, was funny,

Re­laxed: Rob Sitch

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