Don't say she was constantly drunk, BBC told Sissons

BBC newsreader Peter Sissons was told not to mention that the Queen Mother was usually hammered.

In his memoirs Sissons reveals that when Queen Elizabeth died in 2002 corporation chiefs said he should be suitably reverential without going over the top but should probably not use phrases such as ‘gin soaked’ and ‘drunken gambler’.

Writing in This is the Sissons, he said: “I was pulled to one side and told I should keep it fairly light, given that she was 132 or something, but at the same time I shouldn’t open with ‘Britain’s most notorious alcoholic…’.

“I was slightly uncomfortable as I felt we could only truly reflect the mood of the nation if the backdrop was a load of empty Gordon’s bottles or the dear old thing half-pissed and trying to clamber onto a horse.

“In the event I just said, ‘Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother has passed away at the age of such and such – if you would like to find out more please check the BBC website’.”

A BBC spokesman said: “At the time we felt that we should limit the coverage to the nice things about the Queen Mother – how much she liked dogs and how she won the war using her lovely hats – rather than getting in too deep and risk opening a larder that was stacked floor to ceiling with large cans of meaty worms.

“Did someone say ‘anti-Semitism’? I don’t know why you’re looking at me, I said ‘collapsing Derby horse’.”

Sissons added: “They also asked me to put on a shirt and tie which was lucky because I was about to go on air wearing a  t-shirt that just said ‘flaps’.”



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Coe admits links to ICF

SEBASTIAN Coe has revealed he was once a leading member of West Ham’s notorious Inter City Firm.

As he backed the club’s bid for the Olympic Stadium, the Tory peer, sporting a tattoo of Bobby Moore headbutting a policeman, warned that Tottenham Hotspur’s rival bid would be rigorously opposed on a patch of wasteground.

He then led the delegates in a 20-minute rendition of I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles littered with a variety of obscene hand gestures and the word ‘cahnt’.

Lord Coe said: “One must consider the sporting legacy the games shall leave for future generations, as well as how them north London slags will eat their dinner with no fucking teeth.”

The former middle distance runner, interviewed in The Sock & Snooker Ball on the Barking Road, also revealed that his famous rivalry with Steve Ovett stemmed from the fact that Ovett was a Milwall fan.

He said: “There were many times in ’79 when I came second to Steve as I didn’t want him thinking I was running away from him.

“I remember one meet at Crystal Palace where I chased him out of the stadium with Tessa Sanderson’s javelin for giving it large about Billy Bonds.”

Lord Coe stressed that when the decision is made later this week he and two dozen friends will be standing outside wearing strangely bulky-looking jackets.

Cambridge-educated Daniel Levy, chairman of Tottenham Hostpur, said: “Lord Coe’s behaviour in this affair has been absolutely unacceptable as he will undoubtedly get the filth sniffing around before things can get proper handy.

“All I would say is me and him, no tools, winner takes the stadium – if he’s got the fucking stones.”