With the second series of I’m Alan Partridge airing around the same time in 2002, it was hard to know whether this little scene – overheard taking place in the Oxo Tower on the South Bank – was life intimating art, or vice versa.
Agent: Calm down, Les
Les Dennis: I can’t calm down, why didn’t I get the Lottery?
Agent: You’ve got Fortunes, Les, just calm down.
Les: But why didn’t I get the bloody Lottery? I mean, where am I going?
Agent: Fortunes is security, Les. You’ll always have Fortunes.
Les: BUT WHERE AM I GOING? IT’S NOT ENOUGH.
Agent: Calm down, Les. You should be happy with Fortunes.