Among innumerable aperçus, here’s her exegesis of Benefits Street:
They weren’t claiming benefits like MPs do, but a different type of benefits that they weren’t entitled to, because they were poor.
Her Moments of wonder series contains some classics, like her potted history of “femininism”:
—not least her helpful comment on Emily Davison throwing herself in front of the king’s horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913:
They [women] did this partly to highlight how unfair it was that women didn’t have a vote but horses did. And also because, being women, they really liked ponies.
On Shakespeare (“Did Shakespeare write boring gibberish with no relevance to our world of Tinder and peri-peri fries—or does it just look, sound and feel that way?”):
Among her hapless interviewees (watch from 24.19), she consults the valiant Ben Crystal, co-author of the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, testing him on a list of words that Shakespeare, er, might or might not have made up:
[fumbles ineptly with script]
—a list surely on a par with the names in Rowan Atkinson’s roll-call.
Diane Morgan now has a hilarious role in the new TV series Motherland, written by the equally brilliant Graham Linehan and Sharon Horgan. I’m reliably informed that it’s horribly well observed:
I really want the children to be brought up like I was—by my mother.
It looks as if a Chinese version might be in order, though I’m not holding my breath.