“There is either the maddest wise man or the wisest mad man in the world”
For many, many years I’ve been a fan of the story of “Don Quixote” the “Man from La Mancha” ever since I heard the songs from the 1964 musical performed on a TV show in the late 1980’s. Getting older I understood the song lyrics true meaning and became gripped by the story itself. The story written by Miguel de Cervantes between 1605 and 1615 was both satire and tragedy rolled into one. The sad tale of a man valiantly trying to do good but failing every time, unaware others see him as a joke. Oblivious of being mocked and despised even when it is done to his face.
Radio Times 1996
The Brittas Empire
The Andrew Duncan Interview
At the end of our lunch, among the glitterati of a fashionable London restaurant, there is a moment of such exquisite, albeit modest, serendipity that I feel transported to the heaven whence Gordon Brittas, the leisure centre manager from hell, is dispatched in the first of the sixth series (the final episode of the previous series, when a water tank squashed him, apparently fatally, was repeated on 20 February) by an exasperated St Peter, to be reconstituted in a Swiss clinic before continuing his haphazard sabotage of other people’s best intentions. Continue reading →