This Week I’m…    The ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ actor reveals what his week has in store.


Eating at Vasco & Piero’s Pavilion Restaurant on Poland Street, which the Pythons took me to years ago. It’s a busy, family-run Italian which is perfect for our six year-old, who brings anywhere posh into disrepute.

Watching Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove on DVD. It’s one of the greatest anti-war films ever made and shows Peter Sellers at his best.

Reading The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex by Mark Kermode. I’ve always been mad about film and he’s an amazing critic. I love the weekly film review podcast he does with Simon Mayo.

Drinking in the Paramount bar at the top of Centrepoint. The views are extraordinary.

Listening to Kisses on the Bottom by Paul McCartney. As a Beatles fanatic, it’s always exciting when he releases a new album. He gave me a cuddle once; it was the most extraordinary day of my life!

Catching up with Richard E Grant, who’s a good friend of mine, over dinner at The Wolseley.

Working out at Complete Coaching in Wanstead. I really don’t exercise enough but when I have a job and need to build up stamina, that’s the place I run to in a panic. The co-founder Paul is a brilliant trainer.

Visiting London Zoo with my son. It stops me getting jaded. He once said, “Wouldn’t it be great if the penguins escaped and started dancing with people?” And I thought, “Actually, yeah, it would!”….html

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