BBorn in London in 1968, Georgia Pritchett is a screenwriter and television producer. His credits include Succession, Veep, Hitting the pony, Miranda and The thickness of it, and she won five Emmy Awards, five Writers’ Guild Awards, a Golden Globe and a Bafta. She is showrunner, executive producer and screenwriter of the new Apple TV drama The narrowing next door, with Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd. Since 2015 she has been writing children’s books on Wilf the Mighty Worrier, and earlier this year she published her memoir, My mess is a bit of a life (Faber).
My midlife crisis manifested itself in a sudden passion for rap music. I think the anger expressed by many rap artists really resonates with the inner rage of a postmenopausal woman. There is a gap in the market here. There should be rap written specifically for and by postmenopausal women. It would be quite powerful. My new obsession started when I was driving my Nissan Leaf, with Eminem screaming through the windows. Now I’m in Nigerian rapper Burna Boy. He writes such beautiful words.
Shin Godzilla (director: Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi)
My youngest son loves Godzilla and we watched all the movies. The Japanese of the 50s and 60s are extraordinary. Even though Godzilla is terrifying and destructive, you can’t help but support him. Kind of like Logan in Succession. We just watched a newer Japanese movie, Shin godzilla, who was a brilliant portrayal of politicians trying and failing to deal with the appearance of Godzilla by downplaying the threat. They constantly handle the crisis poorly, and their failed attempts to stop the monster cause it to evolve and become more deadly. Boris should watch.
Let’s pretend this never happened by Jenny Lawson
If you love bad taxidermy (and who doesn’t?) You are going to love this. Jenny Lawson writes about her hilarious and eccentric upbringing in a violently rural area of Texas. Her father was a hunter who carried deer urine like Old Spice (to mask its scent) and often couldn’t drive her to school because “there was too much blood in the car”. She shared her home with dozens of animals – raccoons, armadillos, turkeys and also Stanley the magic squirrel, who could do math (wave his paw to indicate the answer). It turned out that Stanley wasn’t magic, it was just his father putting his hand inside a dead squirrel and using it as a glove puppet.
This way (Channel 4)
Written by Aisling Bea and starring Aisling and Sharon Horgan, it’s a brilliant, funny, human and poignant show. Aisling and Sharon are quite convincing as sisters and I could watch them bicker, tease and confide forever. Episode one begins with Aine coming out of a drug rehab center after a “little nervous breakdown” and the series follows her as she returns to the world with the help of her sister. The writing is fantastic, the acting is sublime and the subject matter is important. I love it.
Maria Bamford is an absolutely fabulous actress who writes some really smart and interesting stand-ups. Plus, she makes silly voices. Its special stand-up Ask me about my new God is my favorite but they are all excellent. I downloaded them all and I play them on repeat. She wrote so many brilliant lines. I would love to have them printed on pictures of crashing waves or beautiful sunsets. Phrases like, “If you stay alive for no other reason, do it out of spite.” “
Sushi Park, West Hollywood
There is a very unattractive looking sushi restaurant in a West Hollywood mall called Sushi Park. It is my favorite restaurant in the whole world. It’s tiny and shabby, but it’s a portal to heaven. If you’ve never eaten sea bass that tastes like goodbye to your loved ones, or tuna that tastes like a little kid running stumbling towards you, or uni that tastes like tears for joy from a proud parent watching a recital at school, you must go here.