Thursday, October 28, 2004

Green Wing



The most recent episode of Channel 4's Green Wing included a wonderful piece of dialogue that could have come from the pen of Alan Bennett.
Dr Caroline is extremely jealous of Dr Mac's new girlfriend, a horsey, aristocratic girl, and fires these questions at him at machine-gun speed:

Caroline: She doesn't march about a bit too much...you know...with quite big strides and swinging her arms.....'Ra, ra, ra', for instance?
Mac: For instance, no, she doesn't do that, no.
Caroline: So she doesn't have a big snorty laugh but have no sense of humour or have unresolved sexual tensions with her father or a brother who works in the City or a friend called Poppy who's an interior designer and always seems to be squeezing out babies and...and...she doesn't covet an Aga or have a great aunt who agreed with Hitler or have friends in Wiltshire and she's never stopped the car to have a wee in a bush....or......
Mac: No, she hasn't, she has not, and she doesn't...and she....and she.....no, no....
Caroline: Good
Mac: Fine
Caroline: She sounds great!


Tour de force, or what?

Green Wing is copyright of Talkback Productions. I nicked the screencap from a new GW fansite. My thanks to them.
One of the writers, James Henry, has a
blog that shines and dazzles like a diamond in the dustbin of the blogosphere.

2 Comments:

At 12:01 PM, Blogger james henry said...

That bit written by the mighty Richard Preddy, also responsible for (amongst many others) one of my favourite scenes: the Statham milk float rampage.

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger Willie Lupin said...

Many thanks for that info. With ensemble acting you can still credit individuals but with team writing you never know who's done what. That's frustrating for people like me who think writers never get enough credit.

 

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