Cleese rings, pretending to be a reporter from Aberdeen; he says the first of nine reels of the ‘Death Fish’ film look strong and he’s very happy. He assures me that my performance is ‘super’.
Out to Wind in the Willows wrap party down by the Thames at Westminster Boat House. I don’t immediately recognise the man with Alison. Only after I’ve greeted her effusively do I realise it’s Terry. Eyebrowless, almost hairless and his face an almost puffy yellow. He finished shooting as Mr Toad on the day we finished in Korea.
On the way out run into Steve Coogan on his way in. Shaggy head of curly dark ringlets confuses me for a moment but I’m glad to be able to rave a little over Alan Partridge. He raves in return. Says he used to record Ripping Yarns dialogue by pointing a mike at the telly. He’d then play it back to people, acting out the visuals as he did so.
To bed at 11.30 when the travel fatigue hits.