Celia Imrie, Cheeky Girls, Down By Salley Gardens, Duchess of Cambridge, Fast Show, George Alexander Louis, Harry Enfield, Harry Potter, Imelda Staunton, Jennifer Saunders, Kathleen Ferrier, Lembit Opik, Maggie Smith, Mark Williams, Ron Weasley, Steve Bell, Suits you, The Cheeky Girls
Brassica e-mailed me. Candia, I really think you should approach Mark
Williams and ask him if he’d play the part of Augustus Snodbury in the
film of your Suttonford Chronicles.
Mark Williams-basketball player? Welsh Snooker player? I Googled him
and, oh yes, he played Ron Weasley’s father in the Harry Potter series.
He also represented the butler in Blandings and was in The Fast Show
with Paul Whitehouse and Harry Enfield.
Actually, I could see what she meant. Williams was educated at Brasenose
and the role of the pedantic Gus Snodbury, Senior Master at St Birinus
Middle School, would not be a dramatic bridge too far to cross. In fact, I
discovered one of the thespian’s comments from an interview, where he
revealed: If I wasn’t an actor, I’d be a teacher.
Apparently he had been deeply affected by his English master, in his own
early days. And he loves the contralto, Kathleen Ferrier, whose crackling
vinyls Snod is sure to play in his grace and favour flat-a favourite being
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and, in more poignant secular moments:
Down By The Salley Gardens.
However, I don’t think that he would consider himself as ever having
been ‘young and foolish‘- Snod, that is- not Mark Williams. Let’s not confuse
the two. Yet.
He loves satire, as in Steve Bell cartoons and so I reckon he would
appreciate my candour and sarcasm. Snod would definitely suit him,
Actually, Brassie might have prompted a train of thought. I can see Celia
Imrie as myself and Maggie Smith as Ginevra, the gin drinker
Jennifer Saunders would be useful as one of the yummies and
Imelda Staunton could be the cleaner, Mrs Hatch-Warren.
Either, or both of The Cheeky Girls could be useful for the au-pairs,
Magda and Ola. And, yes, I know that they are Romanian, but anything
of an Eastern European flavour should do, as Lembit Opik once reputedly
Which reminds me- Ola, whose pregnancy followed the Duchess of
Cambridge’s, or MC, as she is now called by her own Royal family,
has now sprogged, or frogged, her firstborn with the encouragement
of her French widower, whom she met on the last occasion of
Suttonford’s twinning exchange with Bric-a-Brac (Normandy).
The conjugal jumelage has resulted in a little dauphin called
Georges Alexandre Louis and Ginevra, her erstwhile employer-
cum- patient has already wetted its little head in her usual fashion.
Brassie, you are an inspiration and I owe you a latte in
Costamuchamoulah must-seen cafe very soon!
Any suggestions for Nigel Milford-haven?