MEKON MAN AND THE WEAVER SHARK
TV TREAT of the week. At The Race’s Get In! programme featuring a huge picture of my boyhood
Eagle comic hero The Mekon with his lookalike, the dastardly ‘Legover’ Luke Harvey standing in front of it.
Yes, I call Harvey Legover rather than his usual Leglock moniker. I’ve pinched nicknames for them all. Jason Weaver is the Weaver Shark, Matt Chapman is Swami because, like an Indian mystic, he is always looking into the future. My fellow Old Harrovian Nick Luck is Lord Snooty and Simon Holt is Languid.
I was delighted that the Weaver Shark won broadcaster of the year at this week’s Derby Awards.
People say he retired from being a jockey and put on ten stone, I say he’s come on ten stone with his broadcasting ability. Luke Harvey is also fantastic and they make a great team along with Mick ‘Fitzi’ Fitzgerald with his unique insight.
You either love or hate Matt Chapman but he does a great job. It’s a tribute to the ATR broadcasting nursery.
Executive producer Carl Hicks, under whose watch BBC and Channel 4 lost their racing contracts was 55 this week. Hope the dreaded ageism doesn’t now bring him even further down.
Painting the course red: Ladbrokes signs are everywhere at Newbury