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January 06, 2010

Baroness James, and her killer instinct

PD James talks to BBC director general Mark Thompson on the Today Programme. Enjoy.

Murder takes many forms, and despite having served up most of them, P D James, our 89-year-old grande dame of crime writing, is always looking for new ideas. Last week she delivered death by interview, and her victim was Mark Thompson, the BBC's £834,000-a-year director general.

“It seems so extraordinary,” tutted the old lady as she slipped the DG a deadly question about the high salaries paid to the corporation’s executives.

Even on the radio, you could see Thompson turning pale. “Well, we, we, the, the, it,” he spluttered, “…the private broadcasters, as you know, are, um, ITV, er, Channel 4….” Gasping for life, he claimed that Lord Reith would be proud of today’s Beeb, and was then stretchered from the studio, leaving Baroness James – just the tiniest note of satisfaction in her voice – to dismember her next guest, Justice Minister Jack Straw.

Hat tip to the SIster of the Flea.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 6, 2010 01:31 PM