6.30pm Film preview in the bowels of the Richard Rogers-designed
Channel 4 building. Matt Marsden can’t resist pointing out that the
glass ceiling allows us to look up the skirts of visitors arriving via
the building’s drawbridge-style entrance. Rogers, you old perv!
Ghost Dog, directed by Jim Jarmusch, is a fantastic tale about ageing
mafiosi and a black samurai warrior. As if by magic, bottles of Beck’s
keep appearing in the C4 cinema. At the end of the film, the bundle for
the toilets almost gets nasty.
9.00pm Barleymow Pub, a regular haunt for the team, is empty except
Marsden tells us sales director Andy Barnes is ’the ultimate salesman’,
and also explains how one samurai warrior famously hid for a week in a
toilet u-bend in order to skewer his victim at ’the perfect moment’
Marsden’s past worries me.
10.30pm Caffe Uno, and we find ourselves downstairs looking up through a
glass floor. Again. Strange, you wait years for a glass ceiling to come
along ... Darren Benton holds forth on the perception of TV sales
people. ’The programmers think we’re just a bunch of estate agents in
tight suits.’ PR man Andrew Dell - known as ’Tourette’s’ due an outburst
of cussing at some C4 conference - tries to refocus the conversation on
C4’s brilliant programming. Unfortunately this leads only to a raft of
Ali G impersonations.
Geoff Riding has the best recall of Mr G’s ’poonani’ gags, but his
accent makes the Staines philosopher sound more like a sheep farmer from
1.00am Demands for more drinks fall on deaf ears - I suspect the staff
have had enough of the two Fionas (Hosking and Irwin) doing numbers from
All That Jazz and My Fair Lady. Can’t think why!