I learn from a Guardian obituary http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,,2216886,00.html that Verity Lambert has shuffled off to the grand TV studio in the sky.
Many years ago, I developed a situation comedy with a dear friend and journalist Peter Freedman. Peter did most of the hard work and penned a pilot script entitled “Hype”
It was a factual account of my crazy life at the time as a theatre publicist at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. All the crazy stunts I staged were true and I thought the pilot was a work of genius. Peter and I took the developed script to the uber TV Frau Verity, who was then at Thames. She politely passed on it – commenting that clearly all the events in the pilot were so unbelievable and couldn’t possibly have taken place. I tried my hardest to persuade her that the stunts did indeed take place but I never heard from her again!
Both Peter and I gave up the ghost of trying to make Hype work after the encounter.