Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Who is this 'Jacqui Stephen'?

The mysterious Grey Cardigan in Press Gazette bemoans the inexplicable axing of “Jacqui Stephen” as the Mail’s TV soaps critic. “Jacqui Stephen might be short, Welsh and female but she can actually write,” he opines. This is true but his fan letter might have been more credible had he spelt Jaci’s name correctly. She now has a weekly gig in the Guardian's Media section as an online TV critic – a column that hardly draws on her vivacity. She should be given long colour pieces to write – celeb interviews, travel pieces, those sorts of things – to flex her prose muscles after years of grazing in front of the box. She'd make a perfect restaurant critic at the Telegraph ...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bit sharp from someone who was careless about the spelling of TS Eliot's name...?

Madame Arcati said...

He's dead while Jaci lives and breathes. I believe Shakespeare has been spelt in different ways while there's only one Jaci.

Anonymous said...

I thought her copy in the Mail had grown tired - I know the paper pays handsomely but an ambitious writer should never get stuck like that. The Mail did her favour.

SUSAN said...

Oh no ! I turned to her comments on the soaps very first thing on a Saturday before getting down to the serious stuff I ought to be reading...what am I going to do now ?

Madame Arcati said...

You'll have to get Inside Soap magazine - it has all the latest soaps info.