Year: 2015 Director: Nicholas Hytner
My daughter’s current boyfriend is from Leeds while I, in case it had escaped your notice, hail from the mighty steel city of Sheffield. Last time I saw said boyfriend we played a kind of Yorkshire Top Trumps, each trying to outdo the other with the artistic and cultural achievements of our respective cities.
The entire county of Yorkshire doesn’t have a football team worthy of the name, so we quickly skip past sport and move straight onto music and the arts. My opening gambit of Def Leppard, Arctic Monkeys and Joe Cocker looks strong and is met with the frankly feeble response of Kaiser Chiefs, Jake Thackray and (snigger) Jimmy Savile. Actually that last one may have been my suggestion, thrown in with the intention of queering the boyfriend’s pitch, so to speak. But then, just when I think it’s in the bag for the Steel City, the bf plays his trump card – Alan Bennett – and suddenly it’s all over. That’s game set and match to Leeds, then. I can’t name anyone from Sheffield (not even Michael Palin) to match the great humorist/author/playwright. No one comes close for me.
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