Back in the 1970s and 80s, verbose Yorkshireman Russell Harty, who died in 1988, was a popular arts presenter and chat show host. His most notorious moment - being slapped in the face by disgruntled guest Grace Jones - has gone down in TV history. But Harty was also quietly pioneering, establishing a relaxed style of interviewing which got celebrities to open up. This affectionate portrait is peppered with memories from those who knew him, including Janet Street Porter and Michael Parkinson.

Toby Dantzic, The Telegraph, 20th March 2012