"I saw this show both at the Edinburgh Festival and at the National Theatre. It was full of gaiety and exuberance. It was also childish and tasteless, but that did not matter in the theatrical context.
"This changed on television. My daughter watched the beginning, glancing at me out of the corner of her eye. I suddenly found the programme terribly bleak. The BBC was wrong to broadcast it and Mark Thompson and Michael Grade were weaselly in its defence. It may pass the narrow test of blasphemy, but it lowers public life."