It was a "bitter regret for us all...it didn't come off like that," he added.
"I think Liz felt that she's gambled before in her life and then she could gamble again on this," he added. "And yes, the stakes would be high, but the pay-off was worth it in the sense of taking that fast action.
"And at the same time Liz was someone who knew what she thought, known it for years, and so finally had the biggest chance yet to make her programme a reality.
"Of course, it will be no doubt a bitter regret for us all and her most of all that it didn't come off like that."
"I think Liz was someone who would take this sort of Spinal Tap approach, turn it up to 11, and only if necessary, turn it down again," he added.
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