Nancy Banks-Smith

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Nancy Banks-Smith (born 1929) is a British television and radio critic; she began writing for The Guardian in 1969. In 1970 she was recommended for the Order of the British Empire, which she declined.[1]

She currently writes a monthly column for The Guardian entitled "A month in Ambridge", reviewing recent developments in The Archers.

Memorable quotes[edit]

"Anthropology is the science which tells us that people are the same the whole world over – except when they are different."

"In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it's modern architecture."

"Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman."

"You carry forever the fingerprint that comes from being under someone's thumb."

". . . buried in the back garden like a budgie." (Said of Bobby Ewing, of Dallas.)


  1. ^ "Some who turned honours down", The Guardian, 22 December 2003, retrieved 31 August 2012.

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