Clive James recalls his experiences in 1960s London and trades anecdotes with Victoria Wood, Terence Donovan, Peter Cook and Michael Caine along the way.


Dominic Brigstocke


Clive James


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Episode credited cast:
Clive James Clive James ... Himself - Presenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beverley Brooks Beverley Brooks ... Herself (as Viscountess Rothermere)
Michael Caine ... Himself
Peter Cook ... Himself
Alan Coren Alan Coren ... Himself
Terence Donovan Terence Donovan ... Himself
Stanley Green Stanley Green ... Himself
Victoria Wood ... Herself


Clive James recalls his experiences of London life in the early 1960s. In between his visits to some of London's tourist sites, such as the National Gallery - "still the best free show in town" - James trades anecdotes with some of his famous friends. Victoria Wood explains how she once shared a bed with him without him knowing. Terence Donovan fondly recalls the sense of freedom in the sixties and the effect that miniskirts had on his driving. Peter Cook evokes a cutting edge side of the capital as he talks about The Establishment, the satirical nightclub he started in Soho and where the legendary Lenny Bruce would perform from time to time. And Michael Caine explains why he won't eat a doughnut with a hole in it to this day! Written by Anonymous

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31 July 1991 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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Looking back at London
17 January 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

When he was not poking fun of bizarre Japanese game shows on ITV, Clive James was doing a travelogue that initially began on the BBC.

His postcard from London was rather personal. In the 1960s James arrived in London from Australia with a dream of making his fortune and equality for all. He was a mixture of left wing idealism with a body of an Australian surfer and looking for sex with females. The swinging 60s was a good start.

When James were penniless, walking the streets of London was all he could do and watched the best free shows in town, whether it be on the streets or the museums or art galleries.

When James found employment and made his name in Fleet Street, he found out that two decades later the newspaper industry were leaving it, deserting the once grand buildings such as those of the Daily Express.

James noted that back in the 1960s accommodation in London was cheaper, you pooled together money with five others and shared a bedsit. At the time the program was made, house prices in London had skyrocketed. They have gone even higher since then.

Clive James Postcard from London was made in 1991, sadly many of his contributors have passed away. Terence Donovan the famous photographer talked about enjoying the good life, he committed suicide a few years later battling depression. Peter Cook the satirist, actor, comedian also died a couple of years after the show was broadcast. Journalist and wit Alan Coren lasted longer than those two but he too went.

I always recall an anecdote that Clive James used to say about his life in a bedsit. At one time his room was being shared with another person and both of them did not know about it. Clive James meets her, someone who became famous in her own right, Victoria Wood who both laughed back at those days when Wood came down to London on a promise of some job as a piano player.

Clive James has been dying of cancer for some years but he has still managed to see off most of the guests featured here, even Victoria Wood.

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