In May, TV historian David Starkey attacked writer and presenter Victoria Coren on air, insisting she was part of a “cosy club” of the political elite.
He said that the success of rich and well connected people like her – her father was the Times journalist Alan Coren, her brother is food writer and broadcaster Giles – was a major reason that people were becoming disillusioned with politics and turning to parties like UKIP.
But Starkey’s intervention on the politics panel Question Time may have backfired: Coren’s husband appears to have enacted a revenge of sorts against him six months down the line.
In a forthcoming edition of the Radio 4 comedy That Mitchell and Webb Sound, Coren’s other half David Mitchell pokes fun at the historian in two sketches.
In one, set in a Channel 4 commissioning meeting, executives wonder if Starkey appeals to viewers because he is so “uncomfortable to watch”.
In the second, the same executives say they block Starkey’s emails but that he has changed his name to get a programme pitch through called “A History of the Blacks”.
The fictional executives then discuss Starkey’s fitness for the role, given his “unhelpful generalisations” during the 2011 riots.
This is a reference to the time Starkey told Newsnight ”the whites have become black” in a discussion on the UK riots. He also hit out at what he called the ”destructive, nihilistic gangster culture” which he said ”has become the fashion”.
For Mitchell revenge seems to be a dish best served six months old….
That Mitchell and Webb Sound begins a new four-part series on Tuesday 26 November at 6:30pm