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Acting tough

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Once again that old Architectural Press scribbler and renowned gourmandiser Jonathan Meades gets to the heart of a cultural matter. Of the Stirling Prize ceremony on TV, he says wistfully:

'The evident potential for base comedy was regrettably unrealised. If only Mick Jagger could have played Janet StreetPorter, if only Timothy Spall had been available to grow a beard and give us his definitive Paul Finch.' Flattery will get him nowhere.

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