Lauren Laverne and Jermaine Jenas were joined by Sir Ian McKellen and John Bishop on Wednesday’s The One Show. The acting duo were discussing their new family-friendly pantomime Mother Goose when Doctor Who star John took a swipe at Prime Minister Liz Truss.
Introducing the guests, Lauren said: “You two are going to form the partnership that Britain needs quite frankly.
“Starring this year in panto in Mother Goose, there have been many versions of this panto over the years, it’s a much-loved classic. What’s this one about?”
“It’s about me really,” Ian quipped. “I’m Mother Goose and this is my home secretary.”
John replied: “It is like being a home secretary because it’s the story of Mother Goose, who finds a goose that lays a golden egg and that sorts all her financial problems out.
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“And you’re at Ian McKellen’s house and you’re having lunch and he says, ‘Do you want to do this with me?’
“And I went, ‘Yeah, obviously,’ I didn’t even know what he was talking about I was just lost in the fact that I was there.
“From anyone’s point of view, to be able to spend time with somebody who can teach you so much, but also he’s got the joy in theatre that was the thing that he sold it to me on.”
“This is just joy and we need it,” the Doctor Who star added.