RTÉ Player has launched a new on-demand Culture collection, featuring an eclectic mix of documentaries and performances from the worlds of Music, Arts, Film & TV and Literature.
Each week, the RTÉ Player team suggest a ‘must-watch’ from the Culture collection. This week, the focus is on one if the cultural TV highlights of 2016: The Works Presents: Clive James - where John meets with renowned television personality and writer, Clive James.
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Known for his acerbic wit, Clive has been a critic and prominent feature on British television for over 30 years. 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.
Watch The Works Presents: Clive James now on RTÉ Player.