DIARY: Evening out with ... Channel 4 - Jonah Bloom spend a night wid da C4 massive. Wicked!

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!

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

us.



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

the Valleys.



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!



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