Friday, 17 August 2007

Poignant Programme

Tonight we enjoyed the various programmes celebrating the 50th birthday of Stephen Fry - an incredibly intelligent, articulate and self-effacing man. Although aware of the range of his talent, even I was surprised to learn that he also wrote evocative poetry and recently directed a film.

As a family, we all enjoy (again and again) his portrayal with Hugh Laurie, of the Jeeves and Wooster novels - they seem to have been born to play those parts!

His programme on manic depression was without doubt one of the most important documentaries of recent years - and his willingness to 'expose' his inner demons in the hope of helping others, must always command our respect.

The last episode of the last Blackadder series was indeed as emotional and poignant as ever. So totally funny, giving such an irreverent and at the same time accurate view of the First World War, it is the ending that reduces us to tears every time. The clever writers resisted the impulse to over play it - it was simple, with no words, no humour and as the scene faded to a view of a field of poppies, totally heart wrenching.

Happy birthday to you, Mr Fry!

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