|The man after whom the 'selfie' was named|
In the spirit of Will Self today...
Zut alor!! Wot ze 'eck wos zis veek's From ze Fax to ze Fixion on abart on your BayBayCay Radeeoh Quatre?
And if you felt any twinge of embarrassment on reading that last sentence then you'll know how I felt listening to Will Self's god-awful Popping Out this evening. My toes are still uncurling themselves.
Radio 4's favourite prolix, opinionated popinjay Will Self wrote it and acted it himself. It was Self, self, self all the way. The only thing he didn't do was sing the theme tune.
And as one of our English poets (almost) put it, "He do the foreigners in different voices". Embarrassingly.
The reviews on Twitter are firm but very fair:
Will Self on @BBCRadio4 now, performing an old 'Allo 'Allo script with all the jokes taken out.
That was dire. Was Will Self trying to sound German?
Behind it all was an Emma Thompson-style hate letter to the United Kingdom, full of lefty digs. (Nigel Farage was mocked, of course).
This week's From Fact to Fiction therefore effortless raises our running tally to 6 episodes for the Left, 1 with no obvious agenda (disputed), and a big fat (undisputed) 0 for the Right.
The pro-left bias continues, seemingly ad infinitum.