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THE BBC’s deferral of the

four-part Jimmy Savile drama The Reckoning will come as a relief to the King. Dan Davies’ In Plain Sight, the forensic account of Savile’s crimes on which it is based, recounts how Lord Mountbatte­n’s patronage of the paedophile DJ led to a friendship with Charles. Savile told Davies: ‘It was the respect that Lord Louis had for me... That’s how I got to know all these people. Lord Louis was the guv’nor.’ Surely Charles now regrets sending Savile Cuban cigars and gold cufflinks to mark his 80th birthday? They came with the note: ‘Nobody will ever know what you have done for this country, Jimmy. This is to go some way to thanking you for that.’

IS Queen Consort Camilla wise to jettison ladies-in-waiting, a vital source of gossip from beyond the royal citadel? The late Queen’s team, who all served in a voluntary capacity, kept HM up to speed with the mood music in the country. They also absorbed the tittle-tattle in the servants’ quarters and ensured the Queen was fully informed about what was going on. Might Camilla have a rethink?

BORIS Johnson has only himself to blame for the haemorrhag­e of support from Tory backbenche­rs, says former Conservati­ve Party chairman Jake Berry. He accuses the ex-PM of jilting a gathering of the Northern Research Group at Doncaster racecourse to fly to Ukraine instead. ‘He was at a point where he could not afford to burn through one colleague and he burnt through 40 in one day,’ says Berry. ‘Boris just snubbed them and that was a terrible mistake.’

MUCH hullabaloo about England’s World Cup squad flying to Qatar on a plane painted with Virgin Atlantic’s LGBTQ+ icon Oscar – named after Oscar Wilde. Wilde, pictured, was more complicate­d than just being an anti-homophobia symbol, says his grandson Merlin Holland. He noted: ‘He was a married man who was also a homosexual, a Protestant who admired Roman Catholicis­m, an Irish nationalis­t who was lionised by the English aristocrac­y.’ Football fans will be speaking of little else in downtown Doha.

SHOULD we really trust the 11.1 per cent inflation figure reported by the Office for National Statistics’ chief economist and director of macroecono­mic statistics and analysis? Australia-educated Grant Fitzner, who doesn’t seem to be able to add up, told Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday that the number was the ‘highest we’ve seen since October 1991 – a 41-year high’.

WHEN describing the location of his old office in City Hall, then London mayor Boris Johnson is reported to have said: ‘I’m on the, er, upper epidermis of the gonad. Somewhere near the seminal vesicle, I expect.’ Oldie magazine correspond­ent Liz Willetts points out that, to be anatomical­ly correct, he ought to have referred to the ‘epididymis’. ‘In his analogy,’ she writes, ‘if his office was on the epidermis – skin – he would have been sitting on the roof. As usual, Boris was talking b******s.’

white wines, proseccos, gin and tonics, or each other hands, everyone cheers and gasps, whoops and hurrahs.

‘I’m not normally into laughing at people’s misfortune­s,’ says Tessa, a mature student from East Sussex. ‘ But I followed the trial and I wanted to see it in all its glory.’

Adding to the excitement is the presence of the real David Sherborne — sat behind me in deeply tanned splendour (and a rather tight suit) in the Royal Circle, surrounded by a huge entourage, watching himself look brilliantl­y clever on stage. (And, quite possibly, wondering why actor Tom Turner is looking so disappoint­ingly pasty-skinned).

Of course, a few things are missing from the original. About ten inches off Wayne’s waist, for starters, though Nathan McMullen who plays him is the perfect mix of brilliantl­y bewildered and surprising­ly articulate when it comes to his moment in the box. There were more tears in the real thing, too — mostly from Rebekah who, towards the end of her gruelling crossexami­nation, lay head in hands and wept in despair.

Also missing is the real Hugh Tomlinson KC. However much I craned, I couldn’t see the old Rottweiler anywhere in the audience — presumably he’s back in his comfort zone dealing with oligarchs.

No sign, either, of Coleen or Rebekah. Or Peter Andre, for that matter.

But perhaps most lacking is the spectacula­r level of gloss and glamour that only true Wags seem able to achieve.

There are sadly no £ 2,000 lemon-meringue Alessandra Rich suits or Chanel jackets. No expensivel­y balayaged hair. And not nearly enough contouring, designer bags, fake tan and cosmetic enhancemen­ts.

But forget that. Because these are mere trifles — and not enough to bother this fizzing crowd, who leap to their feet at the end.

Who knows quite why this sorry saga has entertaine­d us so richly. Perhaps it’s because we’re British and it appeals to our brilliantl­y niche sense of humour. Or because everything else in the world is so unutterabl­y awful right now that we need some light relief.

Whatever the reason, such is the continued demand for all things Wagatha that the producers have extended the show’s run.

My firm advice would be to do everything in your power to get a ticket.

It appeals to our brilliantl­y niche humour

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