Most of the programee gave ackroyds personal view many of which I agree with but its a bit irriatating when he gave some of his views as facts which they were not and he did this a number of times. Agree with too many shots of him and I didnt like the gittery camera work used at times. Also it was implied that the status of the tower of london as a world heritage site was under threat only because of the shard and not from the incredably ugly Berkely homes towers propossed at potters fields. Not a bad programme but could have been better.
Ackroyd is a visionary in his own way, but I've always found his books irritating, albeit intriguing, and his book on London is a very strange production, not to say riddled with errors. Iain Sinclair kicks him right into touch. So does Jerry White. As a broadcaster, Ackroyd is also limited, although I though the script last night was good, and the delivery was a bit crisper than it usually is from him.
Peter Ackroyd, author of London: The Biography, will be interviewed on Sky Arts The Book Show soon and you have the chance to ask him a question. I've seen conversation in here showing people discussing his views on London's skyline and thought many people would be interested in directing questions straight to the man.
Does this tickle your fancy or is it too much effort? What would you want to ask him?