Inarticulate cartoon hero Homer Simpson is to be joined by a host of celebrated authors tonight (18DEC05) in a special The Simpsons episode poking fun at literary culture.

The yellow slob will be graced on-screen by animated versions of writers including Tom Wolfe and Gore Vidal, who have all agreed to lend their voices to the hit programme.

Wolfe says, "This is the only show of any sort that I watch on television.

"One of my son TOMMY's first words was 'Doh!'"

The special episode, depicting the authors fighting over petty disputes, will air on Sky One later today (18DEC05).