My thoughts continue to dwell on Stephen Fry. If, as I do, you continually flip around the thirty or so Freeview TV channels he can occasionally seem to be on every single one of them. It's as if we are living in some capitalist North Korea and he is Kim Jong Fry our glorious leader.
You do though sometimes witness a curious phenomenon with repeat editions of the quizz show QI. Various channels such as BBC 2 and Dave broadcast episodes of this show from different times over the last five years or so. A couple of year ago, Rob Brydon (a regular pannelist) got himself a very convincing hair transplant and Stephen lost a lot of weight. So it’s possible to see as you click round the channels a combination of, Bald Rob/Fat Stephen, Hairy Rob/Thin Stephen, Hairy Rob/Fat Stephen and oddly Bald Rob/Thin Stephen which would seem to be a temporal anomaly.
And talking of time and Freeview channels, the history channel now called Yesterday (formerly UK TV History) used to go off the air on the Freeview platform at 6.00p.m. At which time they would put up a card which read “Yesterday will be back tomorrow”- a statement with which you cannot argue.
And talking of history and repeats the now almost forgotten 1930s philosopher George Santyana wrote “Those who forget the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them” while Karl Marx wrote “History repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce” to which I would add “and then twenty years later its repeated again on ITV 4 and everybody’s wearing terrible trousers”.
Well Evelyn I don’t know anything much about the effects of the March for Sanity/Fear but Jon Stewart is certainly a figure that we do not have in the UK, which is a shame. I suppose we don’t have as great a need for him since our news media have not yet sunk to the depths of Glenn Beck, Fox News or indeed the vapid US network channels. Still it would be good to have a comedian of such politcal intelligence and engagement doing a daily show over here. I read somewhere that Marcus Brigstock was supposed for a while to be our John Stewart. Yikes! We can do better than that.
Of course the perfect person to do the job would be me but it is a testament to the blindness and uncreativity of the British TV and radio that nobody has ever offered me the job and it is a testament to my own laziness, arrogance and complacency that I have never made any effort to put myself forward. (which answers your question Viccus)
I suppose the only figure in the UK who spans the media in a similar way to Jon Stewart is The Stig who not only stars on the hugely popular Top Gear but also using his full name of Stig Larsson wrote the trio of novels “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” “Girl Who Kicked Over The Hornet’s Nest” and “Girl With The Slightly Underpowered MINI Clubman Estate”.
Yes last night I recorded an episode of "The Infinite Monkey Cage" with Robin Ince and Prof Brian Cox which goes out at 4.30 next Monday on Radio 4.
As I was saying to Brian Cox there are more astrophyisists in comedy/presenting-him, Dara Obrien, Ben Miller than there are art students. Astro-physics must be really easy was my only conclusion.