So he was naturally delighted to receive this enchanting photograph, taken at the posh end of Carrow Road, home to Norwich City Football Club.
It features a man renowned for his superior intellect, enormous charm and razor-sharp wit. A household name who fills any room he enters, yet exudes an appealing vulnerability. A man who, without doubt, warrants the mantle “national treasure”.
One can only hope that Stephen Fry fully appreciated the greatness of just who he was stood beside….