It has only been a few weeks since Fleabag last graced the pages of this diary, but, judging by the show’s current omnipresence, that is several weeks too long, so allow me to indulge.
Last month, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s revered creation landed in the West End for the first and final time, breezing its way through a sold-out run with a characteristic sweariness that was a surprise to no one except readers of the Sun.
Anyway, back to now, and cut to the heaving hoards of hopefuls queuing to get tickets to see PWB’s character #IRL. Some of the show’s more recent converts may have been disappointed to learn the live production contains no traces of Hot Priest – Andrew Scott’s seductive clergyman and the breakout star of the second series.
However, Hot Priest fans waiting in line last weekend were treated to a special occurrence of divine intervention, when Scott and Waller-Bridge emerged from the theatre to hand out cans of M&S gin and tonic to patient punters. Their characters famously bonded over warm tins of the alcoholic beverage in an episode of the BBC series, and M&S said sales soared by 24% after the scenes aired.
So imagine their excitement when the footage appeared online – Fleabag and Hot Priest, together again, arms filled with cases of it.
“This is not just any G&T…” they tweeted in delight.