Carol Vorderman effortlessly crunches the numbers, Noel Edmonds flawlessly points out the probabilities and Lucy Verasamy is the fount (font?) of knowledge about clouds. These three individuals are masters of their art. Which brings us to the consummate professional- Eamonn Holmes. Never in the field of TV presenting has a man been so natural on the screen. A veteran of many shows he currently presents Sky News Sunrise.
Eamonn has had his share of criticism but I come here to praise him, not to bury him. For starters he has an uncanny ability to memorise his lines. The headlines are all written on paper at his desk yet he looks at the screen and word for word reads the written page without once glancing down at the A4.
Contrast Eamonn’s calm demeanour with that of the manic Richard Madeley of This Morning fame. Madeley is forever panicking about time limits and he rushes guests during their slots while quickening his voice to make sure he gets to the break on time. It’s a race with the devil where Madeley is concerned. Poise personified, the ballerina Eamonn seamlessly segues from topic to topic and cuts to the commercial break right on the button. Elementary, my dear Madeley.
Then there’s the different cameras. Too many less experienced figures in TV world are caught facing the wrong way. They’re looking at camera 3 when it’s obvious they should be staring at camera 4. Not our Eamonn. He shifts his gaze from camera to camera with a supermodel’s precision. It’s almost as if someone is talking in his ear.
A huge Manchester United fan it is to Eamonn’s credit that he rarely, if ever, broadcasts his love for the reds. That plum tart, Julia Roberts, with her love of all things Crystal Palace should take note. Personal favourites should be kept private in all walks of life and cyberspace. And I know what you’re thinking, people in glass houses etc.
Another of Eamonn’s qualities is his chameleon-like ability to change shape. That fluctuating weight of his can transform him into any role that Universal or 20th Century Fox see fit to shoehorn him into should they wish to transfer his ego to the big screen. He could be a double for Moby Dick one day and then play the lead of the suave James Bond the next. Brando couldn’t have done this. Jeremy Clarkson is just fat.
Well played, Eamonn. You remain the guardian in the TV galaxy