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David Baddiel ‘predicted coronavirus’ with new children’s book

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David Baddiel has revealed that he pretty much predicted the coronavirus pandemic with his new children’s book.

The comedian, who has branched out into being an author in the past few years, has written his first ever sci-fi – but the parallels with the pandemic are a bit eerie.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on her show, the Three Lions hitmaker explained he started writing book Future Friend before the UK lockdown.

‘I started writing it in January, it’s a book which begins in 3020, and there’s a girl who lives in 3020 who comes back to our time,’ he explained.

‘When I started it [before the pandemic], I imagined 3020  as this world in which because of climate change and indeed because of lots of mutant viruses knocking about in the air, no one is allowed to go out,’ he recalled.

David, 56, added: ‘And my imagination was, when she comes back to our time, it’s great, from 3020, because she can make friends, she can go to parties, she can go to school – and suddenly she couldn’t.’

However, the star managed to fix all his problems – well, the ones in the book – with a simple tweak.

David Baddiel

David opened up about his new children’s book (Picture: ITV)

‘I fixed it by making her go back to 2019,’ he laughed, before adding: ‘All we were worried about was Cats the movie!’

What a simpler time.

It’s not the first time there’s been a slightly strange parallel to the coronavirus pandemic, after Disney fans discovered that the kingdom in Tangled – a film that starts off with a princess who can’t leave her room in her tower – is called ‘Corona’.

Elsewhere, there have been plenty of coronavirus ‘predictions’ in film and TV over the years, with Contagion (the less said about that the better), and Korean series My Secret Terrius, which had a storyline about a virus very similar to coronavirus.

Meanwhile, despite the writers denying similarities, The Simpsons fans think one episode predicted the virus – after all, the show does have a habit of making some uncanny predictions.

Marge In Chains saw Springfield struck down with the ‘Osaka Flu’, after a sick factory worker in Japan coughs into boxes used to ship a juicer ordered by many Springfield residents, including Homer Simpson.

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

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