At some point, the criteria for suitable presenters for BBC’s frankly baffling early morning Bruce Hornsby themesonged miseryfest City Hospital got a little lax. Actually, more than lax really, the only requirement seeming to be an ability to have their image recorded onto tape. Towering above the motley bunch of guest presenters in the last series was Brian Blessed, a man who seems as if he’s not entirely sure where he begins and the increasingly bonkers parts he’s played end.
Sean Lock’s TV Heaven, Telly Hell, a show which thrives on Lock’s charisma, and therefore does very nicely indeed, highlighted this crazy situation on a recent edition with Jack Dee. I implore you to watch the clip, because it is simply the funniest thing I’ve seen all year. Whether it’s his sudden bursts of song “Boom-titty-boom” or inappropriate sexual harassment of the infirm, Blessed turns St. Thomas’ hospital into something as psychedelically surreal as Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, all in the blink of an eye. Who wants to live forever indeed?
While we’re rapping on about BB, another great story is that when he was on one of his many expeditions to climb Everest, he urinated on a rival Japanese camp. Just for larks. You can imagine the maniacal laughter, can’t you? Don’t have nightmares.