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Melvyn Bragg Poster

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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 6 October 1939Wigton, Cumberland, England, UK

Mini Bio (1)

Melvyn Bragg was born on October 6, 1939 in Wigton, Cumberland, England. He is a producer and writer, known for The South Bank Show (1978), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) and 2nd House (1973). He has been married to Catherine Haste since 1973. He was previously married to Lisa Roche.

Spouse (2)

Catherine Haste (1973 - present)
Lisa Roche (1961 - 1971) (her death) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

Born at 12:10am-BST
He has served as a Labour peer in the House of Lords since 1998.
Studied Modern History at Wadham College, Oxford.
Great admirer of modern playwrights Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett and Sir Tom Stoppard.
He is a prolific and much respected author.
Won the WH Smith Literary Award 2000 for his acclaimed book, The Soldier's Return.
A close friend of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Personal Quotes (6)

I will be a short-haired person from now on. I think my hair has delighted the British public for long enough.
We need the BBC not only to celebrate and sanctify the past, we need it to use the documentary form to look at and take risks with the present.
I'm not a great writer. I am a writer who has moments.
Sometimes I am baffled by the lack of intellectual ambition in British television. Am I alone in feeling that there is not so much a dumbing down as a failure to engage at the highest level? British television is still led by some extremely able people, and yet at times they can seem like thoroughbreds happy to pull milk carts. Am I alone in believing that here, as elsewhere, trash TV is welcomed because there are those in the opinion-forming seats who still feel that all TV is trash, and all proofs to that absurd theory are welcome?
Bryan Cowgill was a feisty, original and immensely successful top television executive. He had the great talent of taking on other peoples' ideas, backing them and seeing them through, often to the benefit of all - most especially the viewers who were always his chief concern.
Proms attendances are going up and just try to get into the Tate Modern on a Saturday afternoon - but that is not reflected on BBC One. I want to ask BBC One to think again, because it just won't do. This is its major channel. This is for its largest tranche of viewers. This is where the biggest welt of the licence fee goes. Surely it can do better than that? I would say to Lorraine (Lorraine Heggessey) - it is not too difficult to pile on editions of EastEnders (1985) - why don't you make a real name for yourself by being the person who brings back arts documentaries?

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