Desmond Olivier Dingle is Patrick Barlow's pseudonym for the spoof historical books All the World's a Globe (or From Lemur to Cosmonaut), and Shakespeare: The Truth. He also uses this pseudonym in the radio versions of the two above books and The Greatest Story Ever Told. In this last show and All the World's a Globe he co-stars with Jim Broadbent who plays Wallace, his flatmate and the entire acting company of the National Theatre of Brent.

The Desmond Olivier Dingle books and shows are so funny because of Dingle's giant ego and lack of broadcasting skill, and because Wallace always tries to appease Dingle.

Patrick Barlow is one of the best exponents of written British comedy. If you ever see him, buy him a drink.

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