Ian Hislop went back to his former school to remember the happiest days of his life.

The writer and broadcaster visited Ardingly College for his TV series Stiff Upper Lip, which is broadcast today.

Private Eye editor Mr Hislop told pupils at the school near Haywards Heath: “Everything I have achieved was started here at Ardingly.

“Every day I walked out on to the terrace to look at the view with friends. Sometimes we would talk about what we would become in the future.”

Mr Hislop was a student at the school from 1968 to 1977 and became head boy.

For the second episode of his series on the Emotional History of Britain, he returned to the school where he appeared in a play called Happiest Days in 1972.