The Works Presents continues with its new 10-part series in which John Kelly meets key figures from the worlds of film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts.
In the final episode of the current series, John meets with renowned television personality and writer, Clive James. Known for his acerbic wit, Clive has been a critic and prominent feature on British television for over 30 years.
Watch the interview in full here.
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Born in Australia, Clive moved to England in 1962 where he went onto study English Literature at Cambridge University. He was soon able to combine his intellect with his love of television when The Observer newspaper hired him to write a weekly review column. Soon becoming one of the most famous regular newspaper articles in the country, Clive’s droll take on the television of the day helped to turn him into a star.
From here, his own television career beckoned and he brought the irreverent critique of his newspaper column to the small screen in the series ‘Clive James on Television’. An audience favourite, he went onto present several travel series such as ‘Clive James in...’ and ‘Postcards from...’
Many of his television fans may not realise that Clive is a prolific writer having written dozens of books including anthologies of his newspaper articles, novels and poetry. John finds out how important this poetry is to Clive and how, as his first artistic love, it went on to play an important role in his television career.
This episode is a must-see for lovers of television, humour and poetry with John discovering what makes Clive such an important figure in popular culture. His unique insight on the state of modern television and the passion with which he tells his story will leave the audience wanting more.
Clive James on @RTETheWorks is such a tonic.... poetry has no value but "it's the only thing that matters".— Olwen Dawe (@OlwenCD) December 1, 2016
Watch the previous episodes in this series of The Works Presents (plus classics from the vault) here.