Huw Edwards was too serious, ITV more lighthearted: but after the commentary stopped, the music, the poetry and speeches soared

So who won the broadcasting contest? The BBC’s Huw Edwards was sonorous, and not playful enough – but Kirsty Young wholly rescued the morning, commending George Clooney at one stage for walking slowly, having recognised wife Amal was in high heels; you could hear the gratefulness in Kirsty’s tones.

The BBC, bizarrely, intercut its privileged coverage with interminable interviews – good causes, the stigma of Aids, the raising of black profiles – but all roughly 10 yawning minutes too long.

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