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Channel 4's coverage of this year's Stirling Prize was much improved on 2002 - informative, lively, and reflecting a range of views over an incredibly varied shortlist.The judges, particularly president George Ferguson, were articulate and concise. It was interesting to hear Julian Barnes compare the Stirling judging very favourably with the Booker Prize.No viciousness, lots of mature judgement, etc.How often does the architectural profession get that sort of press? We also heard plenty from the judges as they toured the six shortlisted buildings; it is always good to hear about the impact that a building has had on a group as they visit it, and the spontaneous comments made for good television.We didn't get any real verbatim evidence of why the judges made the final choice they did, that process being filmed almost from behind closed doors, but perhaps that doesn't matter when we heard so much about the merits of each scheme.

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