Oscar-nominated screenwriter, multi-award winning playwright and comic pioneer Patrick Marber feels like his breakthrough show The Day Today would thrive in today’s crazy news cycle and he would jump at the chance to bring it back.

“I would love to do it,” the 51-year-old told us. “I’m not sure how many others would be but I’m very much up for a reunion.”

The day before we spoke, Marber - who was born and brought up in Wimbledon - spent the night following the breaking EU referendum results.

He said: “I was watching the telly all night last night and thinking ‘I wish we were still doing The Day Today because we would have had some fun with this’.

“With these figures who are now important in the world, it did all feel a bit Day Today.”

He added: “I don’t think anything is beyond parody. I think there is always room for jokes. I think it is comforting also for people to think ‘yes there are other people out there with the same views’.”

The cult BBC Show made not only Marber’s name (playing Peter O’Hanraha-hanrahan) but those of its Chris Morris, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Armando Iannucci, David Schneider and Steve Coogan, who first gave us his Alan Partridge character.

After working on the Partridge spoof chat show Knowing Me Knowing You, Marber became a respected dramatist on stage and screen with hits including Closer and the screenwriting on Notes on a Scandal, which earned him an Oscar nomination.

He told us: “It feels like doing plays and films is the same kind of fun and the same kind of excitement. It is just slightly different and possibly a bit lonelier at times. It doesn’t feel that different.”

The reason Marber was talking to us was because one of his earlier plays, After Miss Julie, is heading back to the stage in Richmond from July 11 to 16.

An erotic psychological thriller, it is an adaptation of Strindberg’s 1888 play, updated to 1945 on the eve of Labour’s landslide victory.

He said: “It is a play I wrote 21 years ago now so just the fact that people still want to do it is very cheering.

“From where I am now, I still feel like the same writer. It doesn’t feel completely alien to me. I haven’t been tempted to re-write or tinker with it.”

Marber originally wrote the play for the small screen, directing it himself on the BBC with a cast including Phil Daniels and Kathy Burke.

It was revived by Michael Grandage in the West End in 2003 starring former Tolworth Girls’ School pupil Kelly Reilly and Helen Baxendale.

This time around, Call the Midwife star and Strictly Come Dancing favourite Helen George leads the cast as Anthony Banks directs.

Marber, who has been involved in the production but taken a hands-off role, was effusive about the actress.

He said: “She is very brave and she is witty and of course she is gorgeous. And she vulnerable.

“She has the strength of the character and also the vulnerability, which is a very good combination. She is wise and she is foolish simultaneously. She is very good at playing the contrary nature of Miss Julie.

“She is elegant, she wears the clothes well. Not everyone can do that.

“She is just great – and a pleasure to work with as well.”

After Miss Julie is at Richmond Theatre from July 11 to 16. Go to atgtickets.com/Richmond.

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