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In the first of a new series on living with leukaemia, Clive James is surprised to find he’s still here
A whole year ago I wrote a poem called Japanese Maple, which confidently stated that when the maple tree in my garden turned to flame in autumn, that would be the end of me.
The poem was published in the New Yorker, at a time when the magazine’s paywall was temporarily out of commission, so a lot of people logged on. The poem went viral and attracted many sad assurances of fond farewell.
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- Clive James
The broadcaster, writing in the Guardian about life after his leukemia diagnosis, talks of surviving beyond expectations – and his love of the Great British Bake Off
It will delight his family and his many admirers, of course, but Clive James has admitted to feeling “embarrassment” at still being alive, a year after predicting his imminent death from cancer.
The Australian broadcaster and critic, who has been receiving treatment for terminal leukaemia for more than five years, writes of blushing at the realisation he had “written myself into a corner” by announcing last September that he would die very shortly, when in fact his health has rallied thanks to an experimental drug treatment.
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- Esther Addley
TV critic Clive James has revealed he is spending the last months of his life watching Game of Thrones. What other shows might be considered essential viewing?
Most people’s excuse for not being able to keep up with the latest 13-hour series from HBO is being too busy. But since first being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010 and having seen off early obituaries in 2013, Clive James’s output could shame even the most productive of healthy people. He has written dozen of poems, including the beautiful, valedictory Japanese Maple, two other non-fiction books and finished translating The Divine Comedy. So you’d forgive the TV critic’s TV critic for not having kept up with what’s on telly.
But – polymaths gonna polymath! – of course he has. James told attendees of the Cheltenham literature festival that he has been chewing through his favourite box sets – having been watching The West Wing “continuously, »
- Will Dean
Clive James is appalled at himself for spending the last months of his life watching box-sets. The 75-year-old presenter - who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 - has confessed he's addicted to watching episode after episode of TV dramas despite having a long list of activities left on his bucket list. He shared: ''It still appalls me the amount of time I've spent watching moving images. Film and then TV, and now box sets. If you're a grown man, indeed more than a grown man, if you're a man who has grown old to the point of death and you're sitting »
The fear with anthropological programmes is that the culture of the broadcasting nation will appear superior to the one under examination. So it’s refreshing, here, to find the Ethiopians mocking the values of the western documentarians
The mythology of broadcasting includes several stories about the alleged effect of television exposure on pre-electronic cultures, with anecdotes of distant tribes being wiped out by flu or sexually transmitted diseases introduced by visiting TV crews. A Clive James joke in a TV column about an indigenous community delaying its annual migration north in order to see the final episode of that season’s Dallas has been picked up and repeated as fact.
The fears expressed by these legends – that television is a destructive force, but also irresistibly addictive – reflect the debates that have surrounded anthropological programming in the five decades that separate tonight’s The Tribe (Channel 4, 9pm) from Disappearing World, »
- Mark Lawson
TV critic and presenter, who has continued working after being diagnosed with terminal leukaemia five years ago, recognised for his ‘incredible talent’
The writer and broadcaster Clive James has been honoured at the Bafta TV awards with a special award in recognition of his “incredible talent”.
James, who was diagnosed with terminal leukaemia five years ago, has continued to work and published his most recent poetry collection this year. The 75-year-old joked in a recent interview that “the end is nigh, but not that nigh”.
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- John Plunkett
The writer and broadcaster Clive James has been given a special award at Britain's Bafta awards in recognition of his 'incredible talent'. In his acceptance speech, broadcast on the BBC, James says he misses his time working in television but that he retired in 2001 at the 'right time'. 'Young people were getting very good, very quick,' he says Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
The winners of this year's British Academy Television Awards were announced tonight (May 10).
Sherlock, True Detective and Saturday Night Takeaway were among the lucky winners who went home with a BAFTA trophy at the end of the night.
The Graham Norton Show won the award for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme, while Ant & Dec continued their BAFTAs success by winning both Entertainment Programme and Entertainment Performance for Saturday Night Takeaway.
Sherlock was awarded the public-voted Radio Times Audience Award, »
It’s come around very quickly but tonight is the The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards that are held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. It’s set to be hosted by Graham Norton and we’ve got the wonderful news that broadcasting legend Clive James will be given a special award tonight.
It’s all in recognition of his outstanding creative contribution to television, with BAFTA’s tribute to Clive James including a short film that features highlights from some of the broadcaster’s best-known work, showcasing his significant influence on television broadcasting around the world. The tribute will be led this evening by writer and broadcaster Charlie Brooker, with the film including footage of James receiving his BAFTA Special Award earlier this year.
“Clive James is an incredible talent, and a great influence on many working in television today. »
- Dan Bullock
Broadcaster and author Clive James will be honoured with the BAFTA TV Special Award tonight (May 10).
Charlie Brooker is leading tributes for the 75-year-old at the awards ceremony, which is taking place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.
BAFTA will look back on James's outstanding contribution to television with a short film, presented by Brooker.
BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry said: "Clive James is an incredible talent, and a great influence on many working in television today.
"A warm, witty and knowledgeable presenter whose programmes left a vivid impression on so many viewers, myself included. I'm delighted we will recognise his immense contribution to television at the BAFTA ceremony this evening."
The Australian-born Clive is known for his documentary TV series Fame in the 20th Century.
So when producers decided to make a two-part documentary on Australian politics and society during the Menzies era, Howard readily agreed to collaborate and serve as the presenter.
The ABC has commissioned Howard on Menzies, one of six projects which received more than $2.7 million in funding from the first round of Screen Australia.s Broadcast program.
.With my fellow exec producer Stuart Menzies (no relation) we approached Mr Howard and put a case that we believed that a film from him based largely on his recent book, The Menzies Era, would be a unique insight into history, leadership and political power,. writer-director Simon Nasht tells If. .We needed to convince him that we were a team that could be trusted with presenting his viewpoint, not inserting our own. Then the ABC needed to »
- Don Groves
Asking why Clive James is famous is like asking the meaning of life. No one knows. Clive James has opinions, and that is why he’s notable amongst the 8 billion or so people on this planet. In this infuriating clip from Clive James On TV, the British-Australian presenter talks to Sophie Aldred (aka Ace), Nicola Bryant...
- Philip Bates
Ahead of series two's launch, Digital Spy spoke to the sitcom's co-writer - BAFTA winner Graham Linehan - about the new episodes, the demise of TV criticism and why the studio sitcom is due a comeback.
"We definitely didn't know about it beforehand. They showed the BBC a couple of episodes and they liked it, I guess. So yeah, that was kind of a nice surprise for us."
The general impression seems to be that BBC One »
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