For the benefit of those who didn’t see it, the comedy ran for seven series from 1981 to 1989 and centred on 41 year old, mild mannered librarian, Timothy Lumsden, his domineering mother and henpecked father.
The main premise of the programme was that very British trait of saying sorry for no apparent reason. Apparently the average Brit says “sorry” an average 1.9 million times in their lifetime and the word is uttered 368 million times a day in the UK. *
But as Elton John reminded us in 1976, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” when we actually have to mean it, especially if you are a grumpy Yorkshireman like the venerable cricketer, Sir Geoffrey Boycott.
He had a major on-air bust up with fellow radio commentator, Jonathan Agnew, over the peculiar Ian Bell ‘run out’ controversy on Sunday. Aggers felt that it wasn’t in the spirit of the game, while Geoffrey thought Bell was an idiot who deserved everything he got, and he said so very forcefully.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, Lady Boycott left a message on her husband’s mobile giving him a right roasting for his behaviour and demanding that he apologise which he did yesterday.
The timing was appropriate as it was Yorkshire Day and I am happy to record this rare event below. And Geoffrey can return home without worrying about getting a frying pan round the back of his head.