Posted by Tania Kindersley.
This one is for those of you who can get the BBC iPlayer. I know it’s rather maddening for those of you who cannot, so forgive me.
The dear old Beeb is doing a re-run of the magnificent radio series High Table, Lower Orders, by Mark Taverner. It is so funny and clever and brilliantly written that I do not know why it is not a household name, but for some reason it lurks away in the obscurity of Radio Four Extra, where old comedies go to die. (Only joking; I rather love it. But it can sometimes feel like an elephants’ graveyard.)
It has the wonderful bonus of Geoffrey Palmer, enjoying himself inordinately, and my absolute favourite, Samuel West, who besides being a very good actor, has the best radio voice ever. Also, it turns out, perfect comic timing.
So, for those of you who can, enjoy:
Also, meant to say: I am thinking very much of those readers on the eastern seaboard of America, with the terrifying Irene bearing down on you. Especially my friend T, who sometimes reads this blog, who recently moved to North Carolina. I want to say: stay safe, even though it’s rather an idiotic sentiment, because none of you are going to stay dangerous. Anyway, my thoughts are with you.
And for no reason at all, an extra photograph of the Pigeon, because, quite frankly, any excuse: