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The Saturday interview: Graham Linehan

10 June 2011 4:25 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This week Graham Linehan found himself at the centre of a 'heated row' on Radio 4's Today programme. And he didn't like it. Not one little bit

When Graham Linehan was a boy growing up in Dublin, he was often bullied: for being a geek and for his size. But, at 6ft 2in, he was also not allowed to fight back. "I was told, 'Never fight. Never, never fight'. I guess my parents were afraid I'd spike someone and they'd fall over and I'd kill them by mistake or something. So they'd tell me: 'Just walk away, walk away'." One day, "a huge group of kids surrounded me and this other guy, and they created this ring, so that I couldn't leave, you know? And I didn't want to join in, so I just waited for my moment and walked out of the ring … "

Decades and much success later – Linehan »

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