The avowedly left wing ‘new comedy’ has spoken.
‘The time is right’. ‘People are ready’.
Child abuse as mainstream entertainment. An evening out. Dressed to kill – or rather dressed to listen to allegations of Child Abuse.
It’s OK though – the author, Jonathan Maitland, fresh from his Finsbury Park success with the ‘utterly hilarious’ Dead Sheep…a reminder of how a weak and ineffective Conservative Minister, Geoffrey Howe, savaged Margaret Thatcher…has spoken to the ‘victims and the lawyer representing many of them and everyone understood what he was doing and reacted positively’.
Who can doubt that?
“An Audience with Jimmy Savile” is timed to open at the Park Theatre as Dame Janet Smith’s Inquiry into abuse at the BBC is due to report its findings. ‘The Time is Right’ indeed.
He has chosen the avowedly left wing Alistair McGowen to play the ‘have you rolling in the aisles’ lead role of Jimmy Savile.
That is the Alistair McGowen who refused to portray Jeremy Clarkson ‘because he finds his politics and everything he stands for repugnant’.
That is this Alistair McGowen:
I don’t drive a car, I recycle all my recyclable rubbish, I use energy wisely, I think about the impact I am having on the planet in every decision I make ; I write letters to newspapers, I avoid flying whenever possible, I complain in over-heated, overlit, unnecessarily air-conditioned hotels ; I urge people to turn off their idling engines, I pick up endless dropped carrier bags to stop them getting into the rivers and seas and the bellies of sea creatures and I use my ever-dwindling celebrity status to promote conservation whenever I can.
The Alistair McGowen who will now be playing Jimmy Savile.
“To have someone who is a fine actor but can also do the entertaining bit is great,” said Maitland. “But obviously the play is very much about the dark, nasty side. Alistair is terrific at that.”
Good to know that Alistair McGowen is on record then, when interviewed by Alastair Campbell (who else) as saying that: (at 15 min)
“I do people I respect, like, want to be.”
That had me rolling in the aisles.
What is it with these left wing people who find child abuse entertaining?