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: 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.