The Oldie awards provide a unique chance for the great and the good of the land to bump into each other. Among the luminaries were Jilly Cooper, Brough Scott, Lynn Barber, John Sergeant, Kate Adie and Sir Michael Jackson.
Gyles Brandreth recalled the most extraordinary celebrity meeting he’d ever engineered – between Margaret Drabble and Jim Davidson. ‘They actually got on extremely well – because neither knew who the other one was.’
Gyles admitted to being trumped by Sir Tim Rice - who introduced Salvador Dali to Frankie Howerd. And then Lionel Blair trumped the whole room by telling the story of Errol Flynn introducing him to Ernest Hemingway.