Where does a “veteran UK broadcaster” go to work when opportunities dry up?
Well, Al Jazeera, of course.
More on Al Jazeera here, but Monty Python fans might remember something completely different: their parodies of then-not-yet-Sir David. The Pythons were prescient in their choice of program (emphasis mine)
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: Hello, good evening and welcome to another edition of “Blood, Devastation, Death, War & Horror“. And later we’ll be talking to a man who DOES gardening. But our first guest tonight is a man who talks entirely in anagrams.
Hamrag Yatlerot: Taht si crreoct.
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: Do you enjoy this?
Hamrag Yatlerot: I stom certainly od. Revy chum so.
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: And what is your name?
Hamrag Yatlerot: Hamrag, Hamrag Yatlerot.
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: Well Graham, nice to have you on the show. Now where do you come from?
Hamrag Yatlerot: Bumcreland.
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: Cumberland?
Hamrag Yatlerot: Staht sit sepreicly.
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: And I believe you’re working on an anagram version of Shakespeare?
Hamrag Yatlerot: Sey sey, taht si crreoct, er. Ta the mnemot I’m wroking on “The Mating Of The Wersh.”
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: “The Mating Of The Wersh”. By William Shakespeare?
Hamrag Yatlerot: Nay, by Malliwi Rapesheake.
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: And, erm, what else?
Hamrag Yatlerot: “Two Netlemeg Of Verona”, “Twelfth Thing”, “The Chamrent Of Venice”…
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: Have you done “Hamlet”?
Hamrag Yatlerot: Be ot or bot ne ot, tath si the nestquie.
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: And what is your next project?
Hamrag Yatlerot: Ring Kichard the Thrid.
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: I’m sorry?
Hamrag Yatlerot: A shroe! A shroe! My dingkome for a shroe!
‘BDDWH’ Presenter: Ah, King Richard, yes… but surely that’s not an anagram, that’s a spoonerism.
Hamrag Yatlerot: If you’re going to split hairs, I’m going to piss off.