November 9, 2005

Offbeat

Have I Got News For You

The Surfer

Harry Thompson, the man behind Have I Got News For You, the topical news quiz on the BBC, has died aged 45 after suffering from cancer. Aside from launching TV shows such as They Think It's All Over and The 11 O'Clock Show, he was an ardent cricket fan, as James Rampton reports in The Independent:

Apart from comedy and his family, Thompson's other great love was cricket. He set up the amateur Captain Scott Invitation XI in 1979, and it is still going strong with 30-odd games a season. The team has toured all over the world, and down the years people such as Hislop, Hugh Grant, Iain Glen and your correspondent have all donned the whites for this team. Thompson recently finished a book about the club, Penguins Stopped Play, which will be published next April.

Thompson himself played in 640-odd consecutive games, a run that was only broken by his diagnosis with cancer this April.

[Via Chunter]

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