John Bird RIP

I saw him the other day in an old TV series about the Victorian/Edwardian barrister Sir Edward Marshall Hall. Bird played a judge in a libel case, and it was a completely straight part, no comedy at all, and I dare say if I'd seen it when it was first broadcast I wouldn't have thought anything of it, but having seen him in the Bremner shows I was completely thrown by his appearance, and when he went off into a reactionary rant about how damaging allegations of "that kind" were for their class, I was almost waiting for him to send it up as satire. Very weird.

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