It is wrong of me, absolutely wrong of me, and I don't pretend it's anything other than wrong of me; that whenever I see the headline about teenage pregnancy on the front of the copy of 'The Week' that's lying around the flat at the moment- 'Children Who Have Children' - I find myself humming '...are the luckiest children in the world'.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Monday, 23 February 2009
Just to let you know... The first series of my radio sitcom Cabin Pressure, about a tiny charter airline and starring Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch and me, is being repeated on Radio 4 at 6:30 on Tuesdays starting tomorrow (February 24th). After that time, you should also be able to hear each episode for one week after broadcast on the BBC iplayer or via Listen Again. Hope you enjoy it.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
Headline of The Times' report on the Carol Thatcher affair:
Friday, 6 February 2009
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Pairs of people I always confuse with one another, just on the strength of their vaguely similar names.
- Laura Linney - Lindsey Lohan
- Fern Britton - Fearne Cotton
- Sam Rockwell - Dean Stockwell
- Mark Steel - Mark Thomas
- David Thewlis - David Threlfall
- Mick Hucknell - Michael Hutchence
- Toby Litt - Tim Lott
- Annie Lennox - Alice Cooper
Some of these I feel more justified in than others. The two Marks, for instance, are to all intents and purposes the same person - Annie and Alice, I accept, are not. In some cases, such as the Marks or Messrs Litt and Lott, I know there's two of them, but can never remember which wrote / appeared in what. In some cases, I think both people are one of them: I know, for instance, that there's a cosy middle aged TV presenter called Fern, but until I started writing this I'd never really established whether her surname was Britton or Cotton. Google now shows me that Fearne Cotton is a remarkably different kettle of fish. And in other cases, I have until recently thought there was one person, of whose name I was not certain, who had had the careers of both. Excusable, perhaps in the case of the two English actors of similar age called David Th-----; less so in the case of Messrs Hutchence and Hucknell. And positively actionable in the case of Mesdames Linney and Lohan.