And so now Irish gay people we find ourselves in this ludicrous situation where we are not only not allowed to say publicly what we feel oppressed by, we’re not even allowed to think it because the very definition, our definition, has been disallowed by our betters. And for the last 3 weeks, I’ve been denounced from the floor of the Oireachtas, to newspaper columns, to the seething morass of internet commentary, denounced for using hate speech because I dared to use the word homophobia, and a jumped up queer like me should know that the word homophobia is no longer available to gay people, which is a spectacular and neat Orwellian trick because now it turns out that gay people are not the victims of homophobia, homophobes are the victims of homophobia. [X]
Inside No 9 - Sardines
The first episode of Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton’s new series of ‘anthology-style’ comedy dramas aired this evening, with ‘Sardines’.
It is the day of Rebecca and Jeremy’s engagement party, and everyone (well, nearly everyone) has turned up to the old house to wish them well. Except that one of the bedrooms, the one with all the old baggage in it, has been left unlocked…
The episode is chock full of famous faces ranging from Katherine Parkinson to Ben Wilbond, Julian Rhind-Tutt to Timothy West and as many more as you can stuff in a wardrobe. It’s funny and sharp and as the BBC description suggests ‘oozing with dark humour and unexpected twists’.
The fun of an anthology series is that next week we’ll get something completely different, set in another number nine - an almost-silent farce involving inept cat burglars.