In Britian we have a free press. It’s not a pretty press, but it’s free. The people who can’t bear the Daily Mail, they say: ‘you should ban it’. No, no, no, no, you don’t ban it… you don’t buy it.
The best comedy is where you attack the strong, not the weak.
Modest about our national pride – and inordinately proud of our national modesty.
I’ve seen the Pokémon movie, which is probably the worst movie ever made on any subject ever.
You have a huge amount of confidence when you’re younger, which slowly ebbs away for the rest of your life. You think: ‘No problem. I can do that. Why shouldn’t I do it?’
All the libel lawyers will tell you there’s no libel any more, that everyone’s given up.
I like making films about old people because they are repositories of amazing stories that they tell well. And they’re incredibly good telly.
I’ve got a very peculiar sort of fame, based on being on the telly. It doesn’t mean you have the lifestyle people expect.
I get paid to do what I enjoy, not that common a condition.
There’s an awful lot of terrible television which I could do, but I mostly stick to Have I Got News for You.
England Their England by AG Macdonell which was written in the thirties and is about a young Scotsman who’s got shell shocked during the First World War I love it.
Internet journalism is not a world we know very well at all. It’s conducted more on the screen and less in bars, which makes it rather less useful for getting stories about people throwing up over one another, which is what one’s after.
My mother was a terrific force in my life. Wartime-generation woman, hadn’t gone to university but should have done. Was very funny, very verbal, very clever, very witty.
You end up with this succession of periods when everything was marvellous – from King Arthur to the medieval times, Ivanhoe, chivalry, Henry VIII, Merry England, the Blitz
No, there are no hard and fast rules about sources, no printed booklet to help journalists through.
I do have a residual belief that, if at all possible, you should try not to mock the weak.