What a gift Charlie Brooker’s dystopian series has been to journalists: any time a reporter covers a story about even vaguely dystopian technology, the main thing they have to do is determine which episode of Black Mirror it’s like, saving everyone the bother of finding out what’s really going on.
A 1973 episode of sitcom Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads concerns the lads in question spending a day trying to avoid learning the result of a football match in order to be able to enjoy watching the highlights that evening.
I then performed a live version of the piece at the British Library.
There are about 790,000 roads with names in Great Britain – I got a list of all them from Ordnance Survey and did some number-crunching. Then stopped number-crunching and looked for the rude ones.
I am become the New Jasper Carrot, with some bus-based observational comedy for CityMetric.
I crunched the IMDB numbers to see which actors can claim to have ‘bedded’ the greatest number of British monarchs, and whether Matt Smith is the only person to have achieved the ‘double Elizabeth’.
New Statesmen: Ed can you write something Europe’s most eligible princes to tie-in with the Prince Harry engagement story?
Ed: MARRY THE POPE.
By Ed Jefferson The Today Programme is undeniably an institution – 60 years after Radio 4 broadcast the first edition, over one in ten people in the UK still tune in every morning. Unfortunately, I am no longer one of them. For many years I was was a regular listener.
So the other night, I was hanging round the internet, looking for beef, as you do, when I spotted a tweet that made my blood pressure rise. Matthew Goodwin, the politics professor who made his name predicting the rise of Ukip and then ate his own book live on television, had suggested that, so many months after Brexit and Trump, liberals were still struggling to get back in the game.