It will be the end of an era. No more “Ohhh Daaaavid” from Margaret, and no more curt “Really Margaret, I don’t agree” from David. At The Movies with Margaret and David is coming to an end after 28 years.
The ABC has announced today that the small screen legends David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz who have spent their careers discussing and reviewing the big screen are bowing out at the end of this season.
In a press statement released today, David Stratton said:
“After 28 years reviewing films on television with Margaret, ten of them at the ABC, I feel it’s time to go. We’ve had a wonderful time, thanks to very supportive and encouraging audiences, throughout that period. And we’ve worked with wonderful teams, both at SBS and at the ABC, people who discovered movies alongside us, helped and assisted us, and in the process became valued friends. We couldn’t have done it without them.
“Most of all, working with Margaret, whose enthusiasm, commitment and passion has been amazing (and only occasionally irritating) has been a joy for over a quarter of a century. But, since I turned 75 last week, I look forward to less pressure and more opportunities to enjoy the movies I love, in the years ahead,” he said.
Pomeranz added, “As David says, it’s time to go from the small screen after a great innings, thanks to all our viewers and the fabulous teams we’ve worked with over the years. And thank you to the ABC and SBS. We’ve been lucky to work for two great public broadcasters, and long may they prosper.
“My gratitude goes to David who gave me credibility just by being prepared to sit by me and discuss film when I am just a film enthusiast, not the great walking encyclopedia of film that he is. He’s a grand person, a most generous, decent man, even if a little stubborn at times.
“We’ve seen Australian films continue to mature over nearly three decades on air and I look forward to a continued involvement in this wonderful industry of ours which explores and reflects our culture and our peccadilloes. It’s been such a privilege to have been on the sidelines, witnessing the talent that this country produces in all areas of film production.
“I’m very sad to have to call an end to our show, it started out as a very fragile thing and only survived because there are enough lovers of film in this country to support a specific program about cinema. Thank you all.”
They will record their last show on December 9. We give them five stars, and it’s unanimous.
Here’s their goodbye message:
And here’s a fun clip from a few years ago, when Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush reviewed Margaret and David. How many stars?