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Bono, Alan Bennett, Will Self, Kathy Burke and even the elusive JK Rowling are among the friends and fans who roll up and lay plaudits at his feet. And some rather hilarious setpieces the rather firm handshakes he dishes out to each band member before their Royal Albert Hall appearance or Nancy Sinatra coming for tea - have Morrissey coming across as equal parts self-deprecating wit and pumped-up egomaniac.

To the cynic, this is a rather insubstantial puff piece for a very, very vain man whose creative zenith was over a decade and a half ago. For the fan (which I admit I still am), it is wonderful to see him chatting, joking and acting up. But it’s also a frustrating tease and a wasted opportunity.

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