'But I was usually asked to refrain ...'
Via John Farrell
, check out Jim Broadbent's 'A Sense of History'
-- a parody of English artistocrats and BBC documentaries. The humor is extremely dry and you almost miss its turn into zaniness at the 3:40 mark when the 23rd Earl of Leete starts describing his mother. Everything is there: the gentleman-farmer tweed coat and work boots, black lab bounding about, and, yes, your mind starts wandering to cheesemakers and homesteaders and what weird things might be going on up there in Hamilton. ... John has Parts II and III at his site. I asked John about the musical instrument playing in the background and he responded, 'Yes--I think it's an oboe...gives that real pathetic dowdiness to add the finishing touch.' ...