"He did a lot of smarmy joshing with Robin Day"

Robin Day (1923-2000) was a British political broadcaster and commentator.

A former President of the Oxford Union, he began working in television in 1955, and pursued a career in television and radio up until the 1990s. He was renowned for his forthright, somewhat abrasive interviewing style, and for his signature thick-rimmed spectacles and bow tie.

Among those he interviewed were President Nasser of Egypt, the American President Harry Truman, and the British Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan, and Margaret Thatcher. He was knighted in 1981 for services to broadcasting.