Just don’t die: Lessons in celebrity and what I’ll call “Establishment-ship”…
[Jools Holland is] a surprisingly conservative chap, for someone who started out with his band Squeeze in the punk era then became famous as the cool, sarcastic host of The Tube in the Eighties. His co-host Paula Yates got most of the attention but it was Holland who broke one of the great taboos in 1986, by telling the viewers – live at tea-time – to tune in or be ‘ungroovy f******’.
There was uproar and he was suspended. Times change. A few years ago a poll of broadcasters named it among the 50 Most Gripping Moments In British Television History.
The Hollands had two children and 15 years together before they were married in 2005 – the year they were also guests at the wedding blessing of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (…)
Since then Holland has been made a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, and his charity work includes trying to preserve cathedrals. The wedding guests were said to be part of a new Establishment forming around the future monarch.