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Clive James: The Kid from Kogarah – TV review

3 September 2013 2:29 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Wisdom and wonder in an interview singing with gratitude, plus the joy of experiences recollected in the fading light

It's almost 20 years since Melvyn Bragg recorded his classic interview with Dennis Potter at Channel 4's London studio. Fortified by flutes of champagne – Potter's laced with morphine – the pair cheerily discussed the esteemed writer's imminent demise, the substance of his life's work and determination to complete two last scripts.

Three months later, the lymphoma – dubbed Rupert by the author – terminated a brilliant career. But not before the Gloucestershire writer had wrapped up those final works, Cold Lazarus and Karaoke.

In late June, Kerry O'Brien travelled to Cambridge to record a valedictory conversation with another significant writer and television identity, Clive James. Born four years after Potter, the "kid from Kogarah" is in steep decline as a consequence of emphysema and leukemia but, like Potter in 1994, fronts up chipper, sanguine and »

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