When Toni Arthur, the former 1960s folk singer, went up to the Edinburgh Festival one summer to direct a comedy show on the fringe, a large stranger ran up to her and declared the strength of his feelings. "I just love you, you know," he said, choking with emotion. The man was the comedian Phill Jupitus, and for Arthur it was far from an isolated incident.
Throughout her career, many of those who used to watch her during her long stint as a presenter on the BBC children's programme Play School have adopted the same attitude. And it is not just nostalgia, according to Arthur. She suspects it is because all the presenters on the show were trained to look straight into the camera,