Intolerable crap

Staying with the stars, Tulkinghorn’s recommendation for pre-Christmas comedy is the ubiquitous Catherine Zeta-Jones and gorgeous George Clooney epic Intolerable Cruelty.

The glitzy divorce lawyer pic boasts a hilarious, ancient senior partner character who does little else but sit at his desk in the depths of a darkened office wired up to all kinds of medical contraptions to keep him alive, including a feeding tube and oxygen.

Even funnier (and even less realistic) are his continual witterings about billable hours. We can only guess at the identity of the real-life figure on which the man is modelled, but suggestions will be gratefully received at the usual address.