In the same way that Tony Robinson acted as an archaeology-to-English translator, the emotions that so visibly passed over Philippa Langley’s face were probably a mirror for what a lot of us watching were feeling, to a certain degree. Who can’t relate to being so over-excited about something that it becomes impossible to manage your expectations, or control your reactions? Three words: HARRODS CHRISTMAS SALE.
In this age where ‘transferable skills’ and generalism is encouraged over specialisms, it’s fantastic to see someone so single-mindedly obsessed with one topic. And does the fact she’s not a “Dr” mean that her passion and obsessiveness is less approval-worthy?
Think about Dr Irving Finkel at the British Museum – one of the most intelligent and fascinating nutters/celebrated eccentrics out there. Who would he be, if he wasn’t a world authority on his subject, and where would scholarship be without his depth of knowledge? What a shame it would be to live in a world that doesn’t appreciate people like Irving and Philippa.
Best moment of the whole programme: Jo Appleby trying not to laugh when they were viewing the skellie. Hope she’s not a poker player!
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