Richard E Grant’s new BBC4 series Write Around The World has been getting glowing reviews, largely on account of the fact he’s a very genial host. The same appears to be true in real life too.
Many years ago, a cabbie got called to make a pick-up at Richard’s home address. When the cab arrived, Richard popped out to greet him and asked, “How much to Archway?” The driver told him it would be about £35, so Mr Grant peeled off 40, told him to keep the change – and then politely added, “Please, don’t argue with them.”
The driver was then presented with two steaming Glaswegians, who staggered out of his house and into the waiting cab, where they spent the entire journey home loudly discussing which of them should be the one to ring Richard the next morning to apologise for throwing up on his carpet.