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Vintner of the Summer Wine

March 9th, 2009 No comments

Tuesday I play host to a special guest: Alan J.W. Bell, a 51-year veteran of the BBC and producer/director of the British comedy Last of the Summer Wine for most of its 30-plus-year run. He’s on a personal visit to the U.S., the result of a friendship one of WILL’s viewers struck up with him during a trip to Holmfirth, the English village in which the series is filmed.

I’ll not only be shuttling him around town, but hosting an “afternoon tea” with some of our Britcom fans. That evening, I’ll be interviewing him live on TV during our March pledge drive. And to be honest, I’m a bit freaked about it.┬áNot that I have any reason to believe he’ll be anything but a great guest. I met him briefly today, and he was very friendly. I’m just feeling insecure about coming off as the rube from the sticks. (Did I mention that he also the produced the TV version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?)

Anyhow, as long as I avoid having a televised meltdown (and avoid asking “So, what was it like working with Marvin the Paranoid Android?”), it should be fun!