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Title: Alerts Only! -- things happening now
Post by S J Birkill on Today at 18:12
Here's a new thread for those "hey, I'm listening to this radio programme and I hear Clive's going to be on in ten minutes" messages. No, you haven't missed anything yet, but the thread's got to start somewhere!

Please post here only genuinely urgent messages of interest to all, as a great many members may sign up for e-mail notification on this thread, and they will not welcome postings of a trivial or spammy nature. Any follow-on comments or discussions should go elsewhere -- Steve

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by naomi on 12.03.05 at 20:37
I see in the Radio Times that Clive's appearance on Radio 3's Private Passions is to be repeated this Sunday (March 13) at noon. (The BBC is currently repeating the best of the series, which has now been running for ten years.)
I recall Clive's words about song and singing being particularly insightful - and indeed the Radio Times blurb says: "Clive James shares his fascination with the human voice with Michael Berkeley".
I'll definitely be listening again.

I do apologise if, in alerting MVs to this news, I have posted it in the wrong place on the site: I'm a beginner at this lark - and at all matters high-tech!

Naomi

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Jan on 14.03.05 at 13:01
Thanks Naomi,
It was an interesting hour including "a wide range of vocal interpretations, from opera stars Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas and Jussi Bjorling to Frank Sinatra, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf." We didn't have the Mad Scene from Lucia but the sextet and it wasn't Charlie Parker's version of My old flame but Mae West's!
I think the programme may be available via the Radio 3 web site:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/privatepassions/
but I can't check it, I've just started a new job and listening to the web isn't an option :(
Jan


Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by naomi on 26.09.05 at 12:22
Amid the excitement this week over the start of Pete's and Clive's tour (and the excitement over the Bob Dylan film that starts on BBC2 tonight, I might add) don't forget that on BBC Radio 4 this afternoon (Monday Sep 26) a new series of Pete's "This Sceptred Isle" begins (3.45pm-4pm).

(For those gainfully employed on Monday afternoons: I guess that the series may well be available on the BBC's "Listen Again" service.)

The "Radio Times" says that today's programme is "1/90" - so that's Monday afternoons taken care of for a good few weeks !

Apologies if this news has already been given elsewhere on the forum.

Best, Naomi H

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by naomi on 28.09.05 at 11:56
Correction:  now that Pete's Radio 4 series is back, that's weekday afternoons - not just Monday afternoons - taken care of ... !

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by naomi on 17.10.05 at 10:43
Not happening now (Monday Oct 17) but soon: I heard this morning that Clive is to be among the guests in next week's Start the Week (Mon Oct 24, 9am, BBC Radio 4).

Naomi

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Cary on 17.10.05 at 22:54
Couple more things Clive is on:-

Richard and Judy - Channel 4
Date: Monday 24th October 2005
Time: 17:00 to 18:00 (starting in 6 days)
Duration: 1 hour.
The daily live entertainment show hosted by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. It's live - so anything can happen - but expect more celebrity guests, competitions, exclusive previews and features and plenty of surprises. Clive James chats about his book The Meaning of Recognition.

This is repeated on More4 on the following day at 12 noon

and

Night Waves - BBC Radio Three 913
Date: Wednesday 19th October 2005
Time: 21:30 to 22:15 (starting in 1 day)
Duration: 45 minutes.
Clive James talks to Matthew Sweet about politics and the art of essay writing, his tempestuous affair with Formula One, the importance of literary style and why he lives in constant fear of wasting his life

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Cary on 08.11.05 at 22:25
Today with Des and Mel
Channel: ITV1 Yorkshire 3
Date: Friday 11th November 2005
Time: 13:30 to 14:30
Sharleen Spiteri, lead singer of Texas, and Clive James are among the guests joining Des O'Connor and Melanie Sykes on the lively entertainment show today.

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Pete Atkin on 20.11.05 at 21:09
Well, not exactly now, but I did get a mention in a BBC Radio 4 programme yesterday called Twentieth Century Troubadour about Jacques Brel.  I assume because no one else has mentioned that no one else heard it.  You can catch it (if you want to) for a few days via the Listen Again facility on the BBC Radio 4 website.

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Keith Busby on 22.11.05 at 16:41
Brel is respectable company to keep, although your stage manner is somewhat more subdued than ol' Jacques' was, Pete. Can't see you agonising over "Mathilde est revenu," for example. Have you ever _seen_ Brel perform?!

Keith


Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Seán Kelly on 22.11.05 at 17:09
Go on ask him again Keith - he's bound to weaken soon  :)

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Guy on 22.11.05 at 19:40
does Pete listen to Jacques Brel? what's his favourite song?

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 22.11.05 at 21:23
Saturday the 26 of November (9.00pm) sees BBC Radio 4 broadcast - in its Classic Serial slot -  the first of a four-part adaptation Fredric Raphael's campus novel The Glittering Prizes (http://www.abovethetitle.com/01_cd/cd_200506.php), adapted by the author himself and produced and directed by  Pete Atkin.

I'll not say that Rapheal's novel is bad - it's not - but I will say that it is flawed, and in a way that Clive identified when he reviewed the BBC 2 TV production for the  Observer on the 26th of January 1976 :


Quote:
From the ample pre-publicity there were good reasons to think Fredric Rapheal had based the central character on himself. Whatever the truth of that, Adam Morris (for so the pivotal figure in the play was named, ‘Fredrick Rapheal’ having presumably been judged too direct) was certainly a good subject for Bildungsroman – or would have been had he not arrived in Cambridge with his Bildung already completed.

Normally there is no juicier topic than a bright young man coming up to university and getting his education. But Adam Morris seemed to have got his in sixth form, leaving him nothing to do his Cambridge days except (a) make the odd pardonable mistake, and (b) lose his virginity…

Apart from these events, which were doubtless formative in their different ways, Adam was already uncannily intact – sardonic, wise, mature. He was crass about attacking other people's religious faith, but you could see his reasons. Otherwise he had the aphoristic subtlety of Montaigne. There seemed to be little reason for his being a student at all. He should have been doing the teaching’
(Visions Before Midnight Pan Books 1981)

I'm rather looking forward to hearing this production, if only to hear whether, with the passing of time and in the light of what Clive wrote, Mr Rapheal has made any changes in his portrayal of the central character. That, and the fact that it has a cast that pretty glittering in itself.

Kevin Cryan


Bildungsroman= a novel about development, Bildung being the German word for development.

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Jan on 23.11.05 at 00:12

on 11/22/05 at 21:23:10, Kevin Cryan wrote :
Saturday the 26 of November (9.00pm) sees BBC Radio 4 broadcast - in its Classic Serial slot -  the first of a four-part adaptation Fredric Raphael's campus novel The Glittering Prizes (http://www.abovethetitle.com/01_cd/cd_200506.php), adapted by the author himself and produced and directed by  Pete Atkin.


This episode of the Glittering Prizes was first broadcast last Sunday afternoon and is available on the BBC website, presumably until next Sunday 27th Nov:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/classicserial/pip/ldnen/

The first episode of the final series of Our Brave Boys was also broadcast this week (Monday am):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/ourbraveboys/

Jan

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Pete Atkin on 23.11.05 at 09:25
If I may be permitted to say so, that was not one of Clive's more perceptive reviews, and it's one which I believe he revised privately later;  but he's never been someone to pretend he didn't say what he did or to revise with hindsight (hence his admirable habit more recently of adding postscripts to many of his essays when they are reprinted).  His view of Adam was probably affected by his understandable lack of knowledge of what it was like to be bright, Jewish, and 19 in England in 1950.  (Ironically, an accurate protrayal of Clive as a student would sound quite a lot like his own summation of Adam Morris in this review.)

In any case, Freddie Raphael has not sought to change in any substantial way what he wrote originally, nor to update it in any way.  It still follows its characters from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s, the main difference being that when it was originally broadcast on TV the mid-1970s were the present day.  And in any case again, the focus in subsequent episodes is less closely on Adam and more on the range of other characters, some met only briefly in episode one.  (Adam doesn't even appear in episode three, for instance.)

I would say so, wouldn't I, but there are many writing and acting treats in store for all who stick with it, including what I truly believe is one of the great love scenes of all time (no sex -- sorry) in the final episode,

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Jan on 16.12.05 at 23:28
If anyone has a copy of The Glittering Prizes and wants to make a little cash the current rate on Ebay is £20 to £30 quid for the Penguin paperback. (3 sold in the last fortnight).

(It was the Steely Dan bit that made me smile  :))
Jan

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by naomi on 26.03.06 at 13:47
Definitely off-topic - indeed, maybe this one should be listed under the "Obsolete Mr  Verlaine" strand; but here goes:
Midvodians may be interested in this afternoon's BBC Radio 4 programme "Like a Rolling Stone" -  according to the Radio Times, it's about the impact of the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud (no, not the chap in the Sylvester Stallone films) on literature and rock music.
I hope the programme will, however, be mentioning Benjamin Britten's sublime setting for tenor or soprano of "Les Illuminations".

It's on at 4.30pm (British Summer Time!) this Sunday March 26, repeated next Saturday at 11.30pm.

Au revoir, chaps

Naomi


Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Theo Clarke on 26.03.06 at 15:10
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/pip/3kz78/ is the listing link for the Like A Rolling Stone programme.  THe show will be repeated at 23:30 on Saturday 1 April.

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Ian Chippett on 26.03.06 at 15:30
<<Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones all cited the poetry and life of Arthur Rimbaud as a key touchstone for their thinking and their work.>>

Oh yeah? And just how many of the above can actually speak French (apart from Mick Jagger et encore) to the extent of being able to make any sense of the Late Young Arthur's works? I've been living in France for nearly 30 years and Rimbaud is still beyond me. Methinks I detect the smell of a substance we normally associate with the bull but maybe I'm just an old grumpy...

I wonder what Clive makes of all this? Are there any Rimbaudian references in his lyrics?

Ian C

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Keith Busby on 26.03.06 at 17:49
I suspect Leonard Cohen's French might be up to scratch, if not up to Rimbaud. Possibly Joni Mitchell. We academics think we got Rimbaud down, but that's not saying much. There is no question, though, that he marks a turning-point in French poetry, whatever he "means". "Rimbaldian", non? Like "Foucaldian". :cool:

Keith

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by S J Birkill on 26.03.06 at 18:08
A quick google reveals that Michel's followers can't agree (Foucaudian / Foucaldian / Foucauldian), so what hope for Arthur's?. In fact the day appears to be won (on numbers anyway) by "Rimbaudian". But then we know Web authors are ignorant sods anyway, n'est-ce pas?

SJB

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Keith Busby on 26.03.06 at 19:20
As for me, je m'en foucault. ;D

Enough of the pretentious froggery already.

Keith

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by naomi on 21.03.07 at 15:28
There's a discusssion on Radio Five Live now about the importance of lyrics in popular music.

We know all that already - but it's nevertheless interesting stuff !!

Best,
Naomi



Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 21.03.07 at 21:23
And the discussion, in which Simon Mayo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Mayo) talks to Amanda Ghost (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Ghost), who co-wrote 'Beautiful' with James Blunt, singer songwriter, Martyn Joseph (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martyn_Joseph) (not Martin Joseph, as the website has it), MIX magazine (http://www.mixmag.net/about_mixmag.cfm) editor Andrew Harrison and BBC 6 Music presenter, Shaun Keavney (http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/news/20070312_6music.shtml) (not Shaun Keaney) about the importance of lyrics in songs, is available here as either a podcast or a download (http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/programmes/mayo.shtml).



Kevin Cryan


Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 22.03.07 at 07:05
Erratum: My correction of Shaun Keaney should read  Shaun Keaveny (http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/news/20070312_6music.shtml), not Shaun Keavney, as I would have had it. I should have spotted that. I believe that some of my distant relations come from the Keaveny family.

Kevin

Title: Clive & Paul O'Grady
Post by Pete Atkin on 15.05.07 at 16:51
Catch Clive - if you can and if you dare - after the Hobbits on the Paul O'Grady Show this coming Friday (18th May)

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 16.05.07 at 08:01
I know that it may be a bit early to consider this as one of the "things happening now", but Clive is at at the V&A*Lecture Theatre (http://www.vam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/whatson/events_mgr.pl?start_day=06&end_day=06&start_monthyear=07-2007&cyear=2007&end_monthyear=07-2007&cmonth=07&action=day) on the 7th   of July (19.15-20.05) speaking, in a lecture entitled An Affirming Flame, about the life and work of the poet W.H. Auden (http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/120).

I'll be willing to wager that anyone who's read Clive's essays on Auden - especially the Farewelling Auden section of At the Pillars of Hercules (http://www.amazon.co.uk/At-Pillars-Hercules-Clive-James/dp/0330372149) - would like to be in attendance, as would those of us who think they detect the occasional Audenesque flourish in a few Clive's  poems and  song-lyrics.  

Kevin Cryan

*Victoria and Albert Museum (http://www.vam.ac.uk/sitemap/index.html)

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Pete Atkin on 29.05.07 at 19:57
Happening now, and continuing .....   Visit the SF Home Page (and hit Reload if you're a regular visitor or your cache may not deliver) and waggle your mouse around a bit to discover a fine new piece of artwork by Shrinkmeister Dave Brown.

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 13.08.07 at 13:35
I've just spotted that the third series of Our Brave Boys (http://epguides.com/OurBraveBoys/) starring Fiona Shaw, Martin Jarvis, Christopher Neame, Christopher Godwin & Peter Capaldi, directed by Pete and produced by Rosalind Ayers, is being repeated on BBC7 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cgi-perl/whatson/prog_parse.cgi?FILENAME=20070815/20070815_1700_18112_52524_30&tmp=bbc7/whatson/programme.tmpl), beginning August the 15th.

Kevin Cryan.

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Simon Reap on 14.08.07 at 16:21

on 08/13/07 at 13:35:05, Kevin Cryan wrote :
I've just spotted that the third series of Our Brave Boys (http://epguides.com/OurBraveBoys/) on [snip] BBC7, beginning August the 15th


They've just finished transmitting the 1st series (July 18th to August 8th) - so what happened to the second?  They transmitted the first 4 series in 2006, but not the fifth.

Simon

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Carole on 05.09.07 at 16:14
Clive James: Talking in the Library.

Radio Times lists a new series of this programme starting tonight on Sky Arts (Sky channel 267) and in HD (Sky channel 268) 7.30pm. Emma Thompson is the guest. Previous series have been repeated many times but I don't remember ET so maybe it actually is a new series.

Carole

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 05.09.07 at 20:17
Just add a little flesh to what Carole has written, I can tell you that Sky Arts is now broadcasting recent additions to the third series of Clive James Talking in the Library (http://www.artswom.co.uk/2007/09/04/emma-thompson-and-stephen-fry-revealing-themselves-in-clive-jamess-library/). This link will take you to Clive in conversation with the Acadamy Award winning  actor, comedian and writer, Emma Thompson (http://www.skyarts.co.uk/SkyArts/Theatre/Article.aspx?artid=4770) and this one to Clive talking to the  comedian, writer, actor, novelist, filmmaker and television personality, Stephen Fry (http://www.skyarts.co.uk/SkyArts/Theatre/Article.aspx?artid=4782).

Enjoy.

Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 07.09.07 at 08:38
This coming Sunday - Sunday 9, September 2007 at 5.00pm - Clive will be appearing on ABC Television (Australia) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABC_Television_(Australia))'s flagship cultural commentary programme Sunday Arts (http://www.abc.net.au/tv/sundayarts/txt/s2026278.htm).

This is how his appearance is described in Enhance TV (http://www.enhancetv.com.au/tvguide/displaytv.php?RecordId=105750)'s schedule:

This week on Sunday Arts Fenella Kernebone chats to cultural commentator, TV presenter, author and poet Clive James. .....

Clive .... talks about his latest and perhaps most ambitious book to date, Cultural Amnesia, an encyclopaedia of all the "paces and faces that shaped the 20th century" presented through Clive's own lyrical, witty and very personal style. Fenella Kernebone chats to Clive about the figures and events that most influenced his view of the world; why he wanted to take on such a huge project; and what impact he hopes his tome will have on the world of letters. Clive also shares his thoughts on where he thinks Australia stands politically, culturally and socially at the beginning of the 21st century


The good news is that this programme can be downloaded - the bad news is that you have to be living in Australia to do so.

Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by S J Birkill on 07.09.07 at 16:29

on 09/07/07 at 08:38:16, Kevin Cryan wrote :
the bad news is that you have to be living in Australia to do so.

Or set your Web proxy to 165.228.132.11, port 80  ;)

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 07.09.07 at 19:32
Drat!!! Why didn't I think of that? I'm not enough of a technophile to know or understand these things, I suppose.

Thanks, Steve.

Kevin

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 09.09.07 at 18:39

on 09/05/07 at 20:17:11, Kevin Cryan wrote :
...I can tell you that Sky Arts is now broadcasting recent additions to the third series of Clive James Talking in the Library (http://www.artswom.co.uk/2007/09/04/emma-thompson-and-stephen-fry-revealing-themselves-in-clive-jamess-library/). .....
Clive talking to the  comedian, writer, actor, novelist, filmmaker and television personality, Stephen Fry (http://www.skyarts.co.uk/SkyArts/Theatre/Article.aspx?artid=4782).

Enjoy.

Kevin Cryan


“How refreshing this newly returned interview series is", writes Sloan Freer* about the Wednesday the 12th of September transmission of Clive James Talking in the Library: Stephen Fry (SKY ARTS. 7.30PM) in the Television section of today’s The Observer. (http://observer.guardian.co.uk/)

Too stimulating and grown-up to be given the derogative label ‘chat-show’, it treats its guests – and its audience – with pleasing respect. Focusing on the cream of British acting, literary and comic talent, the programme is like a relaxed dinner party conversation, allowing both presenter Clive James and his weekly company to talk with depth and intellect about things that Heat magazine  and their gossip-loving ilk couldn’t even contemplate, let alone spell. Tonight entertainer Stephen Fry comes across as affable and not the slightest bit pompous, as he discusses  everything from Britain’s class structure to former performing partner Hugh Laurie and the differences between the UK and US film industries. But most revealingly, he also talks with frankness about his depression, likening his experiences to having it rain permanently inside his head. It’s just a shame the show couldn’t be an hour slot.

Kevin Cryan

*"Sloan Freer is a freelance film and music journalist, with a passion for the weird and wonderful. She started her career in 1991, covering film for regional press and BBC radio, before re-locating to London to edit magazines for the video industry. Since then she has contributed to assorted publications, including The Observer magazine, Total Film, The Face, Bizarre, Q, Kerrang! and Rip & Burn. She also reviews movies for Channel4.com and writes publicity material for several major film companies". Radio Times Film Reviewers (http://www.radiotimes.com/content/filmreviewers/)

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by S J Birkill on 10.09.07 at 23:46

on 09/07/07 at 08:38:16, Kevin Cryan wrote :
This week on Sunday Arts Fenella Kernebone chats to cultural commentator, TV presenter, author and poet Clive James. .....

Downloads OK though a little slow via the proxy server: 45 minutes for the 56-minute broadcast, as a 185MB .wmv or .mp4 video file. Clive's interview runs for 12 min, 26 minutes in. Transcript here (http://www.abc.net.au/tv/sundayarts/txt/s2028254.htm).

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 12.09.07 at 13:13
Published in G2 section (http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv_and_radio/story/0,,2167282,00.html) of today's edition of The Guardian.


Watch this


Gareth McLean
Wednesday September 12, 2007
The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/)
Clive James Talking in the Library

7.30pm, SkyArts

How do you edit a conversation with Stephen Fry - for it is he with whom James chats - down to a mere 22 minutes? What of the postmodern polymath's ponderings do you purge - apart from, an awful lot? Brevity may be the sister of talent and usually an underrated virtue, but here you're left longing for longer lingering on the self-loathing of the middle-classes and the odd habits of the well-bred, the difference between "paradoxically" and "ironically" and the down-time of tree frogs, our capacity for wonder and the reasons for rain.

...................



Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 12.09.07 at 21:47
Catch Clive on Telegraph TV (http://publish.vx.roo.com/thedaily/videoplayer/?channel=Telegraph+TV&clipid=1418_156724) the broadcasting arm of The Daily Telegraph (Australia) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Telegraph_(Australia)).  


Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by naomi on 12.09.07 at 23:33
I very stupidly  :-[  forgot to watch Clive interviewing Stephen Fry - and to alert other fans of both men to do so.
Anyone got any idea whether the programme will be broadcast again, and if so when?

Downloads etc, though doubtless helpful to some, will not solve my problem - it's the TV version I'm after !

Would be most grateful for help !
Naomi

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by S J Birkill on 12.09.07 at 23:46

on 09/12/07 at 23:33:45, naomi wrote :
Anyone got any idea whether the programme will be broadcast again, and if so when?

Saturday 15th at 13:30
Monday   17th at 01:20
Monday   17th at 22:25
Tuesday  18th at 18:35

Steve

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 13.09.07 at 06:42

on 09/12/07 at 21:47:08, Kevin Cryan wrote :
Catch Clive on Telegraph TV (http://publish.vx.roo.com/thedaily/videoplayer/?channel=Telegraph+TV&clipid=1418_156724) the broadcasting arm of The Daily Telegraph (Australia) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Telegraph_(Australia)).  


Kevin Cryan


...and on ABC Sydney (http://www.abc.net.au/sydney/) in conversation with (http://www.abc.net.au/sydney/stories/s2031600.htm?sydney)Simon Marnie of 702 Breakfast.*

Extracts

"The feeling of not getting a laugh is one of the most acute experiences in human life. If you do well everyone takes it for granted, if you do badly they never forget it."
................

"I had no idea there were any social barriers so I just walked past them. I think all the writers from that generation coming out of Australia had a big advantage, we could all spell and do grammar...and the British were already forgetting how to do it. So it gave us a big start in Fleet Street."
.....................

"I'm ready for any question but I'm also ready to give any answer. I've got a sort of John Howard attitude towards the interview."



Kevin Cryan


*702 Breakfast (http://www.abc.net.au/sydney/adamspencer/)

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by naomi on 15.09.07 at 01:20
Am much indebted to you, Sir Steve, for saving me from my incompetence :-/  ... and much looking forward to seeing Clive interview Mr Fry on Sky Arts.

Naomi

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by naomi on 17.09.07 at 14:49
The James/Fry conversation is spectacular ! Have your thinking-caps at the ready :)

Naomi

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 19.09.07 at 06:34
Watch out for:

CLIVE JAMES TALKING IN THE LIBRARY (SERIES 2) - VICTORIA WOOD (HTTP://WWW.SKYARTS.CO.UK/SKYARTS/THEATRE/ARTICLE.ASPX?ARTID=4820)

Clive James meets comedienne Victoria Wood

skyARTSHD also in HD on 268

Broadcast times:

Wed 19 Sep 2007 7:30PM - 8:00PM
Fri 21 Sep 2007 3:00PM - 3:30PM
Sat 22 Sep 2007 1:30PM - 2:00PM
Mon 24 Sep 2007 10:20PM - 10:50PM
Tue 25 Sep 2007 7:00PM - 7:30PM


Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 20.09.07 at 21:28

on 09/12/07 at 13:13:59, Kevin Cryan wrote :
Published in G2 section (http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv_and_radio/story/0,,2167282,00.html) of today's edition of The Guardian.


Watch this


Gareth McLean
Wednesday September 12, 2007
The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/)
Clive James Talking in the Library

7.30pm, SkyArts

How do you edit a conversation with Stephen Fry - ..................
...................



Kevin Cryan


The Talking in the Library series is beginning to accumulate some very good reviews both here and elsewhere. This is Brad Newsome reviewing the Simon Callow interview (http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv-reviews/talking-in-the-library/2007/09/20/1189881665134.html) for the The Sydney Morning Herald (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sydney_Morning_Herald) dated Friday the 21st of September.

Talking in the Library
Brad Newsome, reviewer
September 21, 2007


Clive James talks to British actor Simon Callow in this cosy and civilised conversation series.

Channel     Ovation*

Date                            Friday September 21

Time                             1:00 PM


Why is it that when people are asked to nominate their ultimate dinner-party guests it's always the likes of the Dalai Lama, Che Guevara and Jesus Christ who wind up copping the prawn cocktail? Top of my invite list is Clive James who is without a doubt one of the most erudite, clever, thoughtful and amusing people Australia has ever produced.

But while none of the smart money is on James turning up for a feed at Chez Newsome any time soon, I can at least enjoy the pleasure of his company in this cosy and civilised conversation series. Tonight's guest is British actor Simon Callow, and he and James are soon engaged in enjoyable and enlightened conversation about subjects of mutual interest: film, theatre and the state of British philistinism.

Turns out that as children both James and Callow learned poems from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. This leads them to agree that the demise of the casual appreciation of poetry in modern society means that many British actors these days don't understand the rhythm of Shakespeare.

Worse still, many British filmmakers are guilty of confecting a pantomime Britain with an eye to the US market. As the title of the series suggests, it's quite an intimate production, with cameras placed pretty much behind the head of each of the interlocutors - when James has a stretch, his arm takes out half the screen in front of Callow's face. And no matter who the guest is (next week it's Cate Blanchett, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 1pm), you can rest assured that there will be no talk of footy finals, interest rates or bathroom renovations.



Kevin Cryan

*Ovation Channel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovation_Channel)
 

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 24.10.07 at 09:56

on 11/22/05 at 21:23:10, Kevin Cryan wrote :
Saturday the 26 of November (9.00pm) sees BBC Radio 4 broadcast - in its Classic Serial slot -  the first of a four-part adaptation Fredric Raphael's campus novel The Glittering Prizes (http://www.abovethetitle.com/01_cd/cd_200506.php), adapted by the author himself and produced and directed by  Pete Atkin.

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Kevin Cryan


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A six part radio adaptation* of the sequel The Glittering Prizes, Fame and Fortune (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fame-Fortune-Frederic-Raphael/dp/1906217343/ref=sr_1_1/203-1224052-5181524?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193213894&sr=1-1), directed by Pete Atkin begins in the Saturday Play slot Saturday the 27th of October (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/schedule/2007/10/27/day/) on BBC Radio 4 at 2.30pm.


Kevin Cryan

*Above the Title Productions Ltd (http://www.abovethetitle.com/01_cd/cd_200705.php)


Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Pete Atkin on 24.10.07 at 10:22
Tiny, nit-picky point, Kevin, also picking up on a similar assumption in the normally unimpeachable Night Waves on Radio 3 yesterday evening:  Fame And Fortune is not an adaptation, it's an original radio drama series by Frederic Raphael which picks up on the characters from The Glittering Prizes and follows them through the 1980s.  The novelisation came second, as indeed it did with The Glittering Prizes.  Interesting, though, isn't it? (OK, semi-interesting) how we naturally assume that the novel must have come first, as if it's an inherently superior or more fundamental form?   Never mind.  It's cracking radio, though I says so as shouldn't, with a stupendous cast.   (Nigel Havers said to me during the recording that he thought it was the best dialogue he'd read for twenty five years.)

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Kevin Cryan on 25.10.07 at 10:27
If I'd had the time to read my copy of  The Radio Times before writing, I'd not have made that assumption. It was from this announcement in P(ublishing)N(ews) online (http://www.publishingnews.co.uk/pn/pno-news-display.asp?K=e2007101110542447&TAG=&CID=&PGE=&sg9t=.) that I got the wrong impression about the Fame and Fortune's genesis.

J R Books' Jeremy Robson has bought a sequel to Frederic Raphael's celebrated 1970s novel, The Glittering Prizes, a landmark TV series starring Tom Conti. Fame and Fortune, which will be released at the end of the month to coincide with a Radio 4 dramatisation. Robson bought the book from Maggie Phillips of Ed Victor, along with the rights to Prizes which, though it sold 750,000 for Allen Lane/Penguin, has been out of print for some years now.


Kevin

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Pete Atkin on 25.10.07 at 13:30
Aha!  Beware the publisher's own agenda!

Title: Re: Alerts --  "Fame & Fortune"
Post by Kevin Cryan on 11.11.07 at 12:27
Miranda Sawyer writes in The Observer Review (http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2208874,00.html) today.

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The Saturday Play, on Radio 4, has been hijacked for the next few weeks by Frederic Raphael's Fame and Fortune, his sequel to The Glittering Prizes. Opening in 1979, it picks up the story of several friends who met at Cambridge University in the 1950s. (Don't you want to kill them already? Me too.) Actually, though, Fame and Fortune came off better than you might expect. This was due to two factors, neither of them the star-studded, showy-offy cast (shut up, Tom Conti). First, because it's on for so long, the play is given the space to breath; and second, there's a well-judged narration (by Raphael himself). Thus, characters can have ordinary conversations with underlying meaning, and the pace can vary. Of course, the series is as Middle England as you can get without actually having 'I love the Daily Mail' tattooed across your heart, but I don't care. It was just so refreshing to have people talk like people, rather than ciphers or bulletins.



Kevin Cryan




Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Pete Atkin on 11.11.07 at 13:36
Apart from the fact that F&F is about as "I love the Daily Mail" as a New Statesman leader, I'm really pleased by MS's conclusion.  IMHO FR writes just about the most enjoyable dialogue - both to listen to and to perform - you'll find anywhere, and I was determined that, talky as it is, this series should NOT sound like a bunch of people reading around a microphone.  Good to know that at least one listener thinks we succeeded.

The director

Title: Russell DAvies Radio 2 Sunday 20th Jan 2008
Post by Pete Atkin on 14.01.08 at 15:14
Listen in and you may hear something to my advantage.

Title: Re: Russell DAvies Radio 2 Sunday 20th Jan 2008
Post by Kevin Cryan on 21.01.08 at 08:28

on 01/14/08 at 15:14:46, Pete Atkin wrote :
Listen in and you may hear something to my advantage.


And this was it.

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Russell's Music Played listing. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/davies/playlist.shtml)

6 JANUARY

TITLE: DOIN’ WHAT COMES NATURALLY
ARTIST: ETHEL MERMAN
ALBUM: GREAT BROADWAY SHOWS
NOTES: AVID SET: SEE RECOMMENDATIONS

TITLE: MANANA
ARTIST: PEGGY LEE
ALBUM: PEGGY LEE – THE CAPITOL COLLECTORS’ SERIES
NOTES: 1990 CD SO PROBABLY DELETED: CDP 793195 2

TITLE: CHANGES
ARTIST: PAUL WHITEMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA
ALBUM: PAUL WHITEMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA VOLUME 1.
NOTES: VOCALION CDEA 6129: (AS RECOMMENDED BEFORE)
(WWW.DUTTONVOCALION.CO.UK (http://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/))

TITLE: BE CAREFUL WHEN THEY OFFER YOU THE MOON
ARTIST: PETE ATKIN
ALBUM: PETE ATKIN – MIDNIGHT VOICES
NOTES: WWW.PETEATKIN.COM (http://www.peteatkin.com) - EXEMPLARY WEBSITE!!

TITLE: MOON RIVER
ARTIST: AUDREY HEPBURN
ALBUM: MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF AUDREY HEBURN
NOTES: BIG SCREEN RECORDS 9 24503-2 (UNDER 33’ LONG!)

TITLE: BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON
ARTIST: DEEP RIVER BOYS WITH FATS WALLER & HIS RHYTHM
ALBUM: FATS WALLER & HIS RHYTHM – THE LAST YEARS
NOTES: RCA BLUEBIRD 3 CD SET: ND 90411

TITLE: SHAKE WELL BEFORE USING
ARTIST: ETHEL MERMAN
ALBUM: ETHEL MERMAN – “AN EARFUL OF MERMAN”
NOTES: CONIFER HAPPY DAYS CMSCD 015 (1994)

TITLE: I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU
ARTIST: ETHEL MERMAN
ALBUM: ETHEL MERMAN – “I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU”
NOTES: GOOD COLLECTION FROM FLAPPER: PAST CD 7056

TITLE: ROSE’S TURN
ARTIST: ETHEL MERMAN
ALBUM: ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST: GYPSY
NOTES: COLUMBIA BROADWAY MASTERWORKS CK 32607

TITLE ISCH KA BIBBLE
ARTIST: KAY KYSER & HIS ORCHESTRA
ALBUM: THE BEST OF KAY KYSER & HIS ORCHESTRA
NOTES: SUPERB DBL CD FROM SONY SPECIAL PRODUCTS
(SEE RECOMMENDATIONS)

TITLE: I LOVE THE WAY YOU’RE BREAKING MY HEART
ARTIST: JESSICA MOLASKEY
ALBUM: “A GOOD DAY – JESSCA MOLASKEY”
NOTES: DELICIOUS – SEE RECOMMENDATIONS!

TITLE: THE BUCKET’S GOT A HOLE IN IT
ARTIST: LOUIS ARMSTRONG & THE DUKES OF DIXIELAND
ALBUM: THE COMPLETE L.A & THE DUKES OF DIXIELAND
NOTES: WWW.ESSENTIALJAZZCLASSICS.COM (http://www.essentialjazzclassics.com/)

TITLE: THAT’S ALL
ARTIST: MATTHEW FORD
ALBUM: MATTHEW FORD – ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS
NOTES: DIVING DUCK RECORDINGS DDRCD007
WWW.MATTHEWFORD.INFO (http://www.matthewford.info/) &
WWW.DIVINGDUCK.CO.UK (http://www.divingduck.co.uk/)


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Yes, before anybody mentions it, whoever posted the listing has got the date wrong, but getting that kind of thing wrong on this site is about par for the course.

Russell did admit to not understanding how Pete was selling the CD through the his site, and that does make this listener wonder who it is that knows Pete's site is an "exemplary" one.


Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Russell DAvies Radio 2 Sunday 20th Jan 2008
Post by Simon Reap on 21.01.08 at 13:14
For the impatient, the song is 16:11 into the show (Russell's intro to it is at 15:23).

I would, however, strongly recommend the rest of the show, particularly if you are an Ethel Merman fan!

Simon

Title: Re: Russell DAvies Radio 2 Sunday 20th Jan 2008
Post by Kevin Cryan on 21.01.08 at 14:19

on 01/21/08 at 13:14:47, Simon Reap wrote :
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I would, however, strongly recommend the rest of the show, particularly if you are an Ethel Merman fan!

Simon


I know I'd be in good company - The Gershwins and Cole Porter et al - if I were to consider become a  Merman fan. Having said that, I have to add that I personally feel that since a little of Merman's unbridled dynamism goes such an awfully long way, a lot of Merman could well damage my health - well, my  ears, at the very least.

I don't think that I'm being unfair to Russell when I suggest that he may have been just a tad ironic when he wrote the following.  

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THIS WEEK'S SHOW - 20 JANUARY (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/davies/thisweek.shtml)

 

Among so many advantages that we, the ‘post-recording’ generations, have over our forefathers is the ability to perceive the effect of age and experience on an artist’s performance. Interestingly, in many, many cases, experience brings a depth to the performances of some artists that they could not have achieved in their salad days. Then there are those who manage to retain a youthful quality in their voice which belies their years. Then again, there are some artists who arrive on the scene with all their vocal equipment apparently fully matured, all their little quirks and individualities in place right from the start.
 

  Such a one was ETHEL MERMAN, whose centenary we marked this week. The Merm of ‘Rose’s Turn’ was the same Merm, coming out with all guns blazing, who hit those earlier Broadway audiences right between the ears on October 14th 1930, when she introduced ‘I Got Rhythm’ in the Gershwin Brothers’ “Girl Crazy”. Though we couldn’t trace a contemporaneous version of Ethel doing that, there’s plenty of documentary evidence, not to mention that clip from a movie short from 1931 of “Shake Well Before Using”. What an artist!

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What an artist, indeed.

Kevin Cryan




Title: BBC RAdio 4 Front Row 1915 Mon 10 March 2008
Post by Pete Atkin on 10.03.08 at 10:12
Clive and I are recording an interview with Mark Lawson this afternoon.  Not entirely certain of transmission, but it may very well be this very evening.   If you miss it - and assuming you want to hear it, of course - it will be available via the BBC Listen Again button for a week after that.

Title: Re: BBC Radio 4 Front Row 1915 Mon 10 March 2008
Post by S J Birkill on 10.03.08 at 18:18
The Mark Lawson interview with Pete and Clive is now due to be broadcast as part of Wednesday evening's (March 12th) edition of Front Row.

Steve

Title: Re: BBC Radio 4 Front Row 1915 Mon 10 March 2008
Post by andrew_long on 12.03.08 at 20:23

on 03/10/08 at 18:18:54, S J Birkill wrote :
The Mark Lawson interview with Pete and Clive is now due to be broadcast as part of Wednesday evening's (March 12th) edition of Front Row.

Steve


And jolly interesting it was too.And arrived just after my email confirmation that the CD itsef was on its way to me.

Plenty of mentions re the internet,that nice Mr Birkill chap, but I didn't hear (I missed the start) any mention of the link between the CD title and the website name!

Andrew

Title: BBC Radio 4 Front Row 1915 Wed 12 March 2008
Post by S J Birkill on 14.03.08 at 00:02
Sorry to spam this 'urgent messages' thread, but just a reminder, for anyone who missed the 10-minute radio interview: until next Wednesday (19th) you can hear it on line using the BBC's 'listen again' feature, here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio4_aod.shtml?radio4/frontrow_wed).

SJB

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by Richard_Corfield on 14.03.08 at 07:00
From this morning's Times:

"Pete Atkin and Clive James hit the comeback trail"

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article3547340.ece

Title: Re: Alerts -- things happening now
Post by sjm on 01.04.08 at 11:45

Clive is on The One Show tonight


Title: Re: Alerts Only! -- things happening now
Post by Pete Atkin on 12.10.09 at 13:54
Clive is on The One Show tonight - BBC1 TV 6.57pm Monday 12th October 2009 - promoting The Blaze of Obscurity and generally giving his uaul good value, you may be sure.

Title: Cardiff Millennium Centre Sat 15th Sept 2012
Post by Pete Atkin on 12.09.12 at 12:49
I've just heard that the Barrow-in-Furness Male Voice Choir are performing at 1pm this Saturday 15th at the Cardiff Millennium Centre -- free gig: just turn up -- and that their setlist will include their version of The Original Original Honky Tonk Night Train Blues.  I'm also informed that the gig will be transmitted live on the internet, but I'm afraid I can't help you with details of that.  I'm sure you can figure it out for yourselves.

Title: Re: Alerts Only! -- things happening now
Post by Carole on 29.07.13 at 18:38
Clive tonight Channel 4 News 7pm

Clive James: 'I've almost died a couple of times'

Finally, to the library of Pembroke College, Cambridge, where the polymath Clive James first set eyes on Dante's works.
Fifty years on, he has published an extraordinary translation of Dante's Commedia. But James, who has nearly died several times in the last two years, is also the man who spotted the Sex Pistols and wrote about them. He is an oxymoron; an Australian who speaks at least eight languages, a television critic who sought fame on camera to boot and an intellectual whose power with words transcended that brutal medium.

Title: Re: Alerts Only! -- things happening now
Post by Pete Atkin on 26.05.14 at 09:28
Interview with Clive to be broadcast Tuesday 27th May 2014 BBC Radio 4 'Today' programme (0600-0900 BST)

Title: Re: Alerts Only! -- things happening now
Post by Carole on 20.03.15 at 18:26
Clive on Channel 4 News, starting at 7:00pm tonight:

'Meanwhile, in her first contribution to Channel 4 News, Billie JD Porter has been to meet Clive James. Two years ago he was more or less pronounced dead. Turns out he's not quite ready for oblivion just yet - and has a new book of poetry out. It's a rather moving, rather beautiful watch.'

Title: TalkSport Wed 29th 2015
Post by Pete Atkin on 27.07.15 at 16:29
I'm going to be on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show on Talksport radio at 315pm on Wednesday 29th July.   I doubt there'll be much in-depth musical discussion, and I'm not too sure how we'll wangle a sports angle, but you never know.  The thing is, I have some history with Paul Hawksbee, back when he and his writing partner were trying to break into the wireless.  We even made a now-mostly-forgotten sitcom series for Radio 2, not that it changed the course of either of our careers.  It should be a bit of a larf.



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