A Drink with The Idler | Sally Phillips

Sally Phillips


Join “A Drink with the Idler” as we talk to actress and producer Sally Phillips about TV, film and utilitarianism.

Sally Phillips is one of our best-loved actors and writers. From Alan Partridge to Smack the Pony to Bridget Jones to Miranda to Taskmaster, she’s been there, making us laugh. Sally will be chatting to Tom about the point of comedy, her hatred of utilitarianism and her new production company. The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A.

The Idler Academy’s Head of Philosophy Dr Mark Vernon will present a short “thought for the week” to get our brains fizzing and the discussion will be followed by a live Q&A.

The event will be hosted by Idler Academy director Victoria Hull.

This is an online event. It should be like meeting up in the pub for an interesting conversation. We leave the meeting open at the end so you can carry on chatting and get to know fellow idlers.

Sally Phillips’ TV includes I’m Alan Partridge, Smack the Pony, Green Wing, Miranda, QI, Taskmaster, Veep, Vanity Fair. She has also appeared in over 40 films including – Bridget Jones trilogy, How to Please a Woman, Burn Burn Burn, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, My Happy Ending. Her writing includes Smack the Pony, The Decoy Bride. Now Sally has set up a production company ‘Captain Dolly’ with Ronni Ancona under the Film Soho umbrella – their first film, The Monk, The Mermaid and Molise shoots in June, the second, Classic, in October this year. Sally adds, “I’m a huge fan of the Idler and idling as a form of resistance.”

Tom Hodgkinson is editor of the Idler and author of the best-selling manuals, How to Be Idle and How to Be Free. Other books include a book on parenting, the Ukulele Handbook and a manual for creative entrepreneurs, Business for Bohemians.

Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer, broadcaster, and teacher. He presents several Idler Academy online courses. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include – The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books), Love: All That Matters (Hodder) and Jung: How To Believe (Guardian Shorts) – and he has books on friendship, belief and the good life too. Mark can often be heard on Moral Maze. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England. For more visit, www.markvernon.com

Victoria Hull is director of The Idler Academy, producing the Idler’s live and online events and courses.

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A great way to round off another year of Drinks, raise a glass to Christmas and to 2024!!

Event Details

Date: Thursday 22 February 2024

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Online via Zoom link

Cost: £7.50. Free for Idler members. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

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