Richard Wilson and the Absurdity of Automated Life
My heart skips a proverbial beat whenever I see a name, particularly the name of someone I admire, trending on Twitter. “Oh dear,” I say to myself and my cats. “What could have happened?”
Such was the case last night when Richard Wilson, famous for his role as the cantankerous and curmudgeonly Victor Meldrew in the British sitcom “One Foot in the Grave,” appeared in the dreaded right-hand column of the microblogging site.
Thankfully, the 140-character chorus was highlighting his name because his new show “Richard Wilson On Hold” on Channel 4 in the UK.
The show focuses on the enormous frustrations we all experience whenever the time comes to call a bank, gas company, telephone company and just about any other sizeable institution that wishes to distance itself from its customers in the interests of making things “easier” for them.
Hopefully the show will be available outside the Britain in the near future as it speaks to issues that are not singular to the United Kingdom.