Earlier this year I spoke to Ben Elton. What a dream. I shared the audio as an episode of my podcast. But there was also a transcript and written piece (for my Sounds Good newsletter). So if you missed that at the time I offer it up here now.
I feel like Ben Elton’s work – the very best of it – has been with me my entire life. I watched The Young Ones before I really knew quite what was going on, then when I knew exactly what was going on I I watched it again – and again! Same with the Blackadders. Then there’s the books. Those hilarious early novels that send up various genres, that get very clever very quickly and the page-turning hurtles – to a run of biting satirical works addressing social media and insta-celeb culture (he’s still returning to that as a subject, as his very latest novel shows). But in and around that historical fiction, the stand-up sets – and then one of several rebirths, creator of rock’n’roll musicals, director of films. I mean where do you start when Ben Elton is on the line? Read More