The Blaze Of Obscurity

Clive James reads from his fifth volume of memoirs, charting the TV years that shot him into the public eye.

Abridged by Polly Coles.

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Clive James reads from his fifth volume of memoirs, charting the TV years that shot him into the public eye.

Abridged by Polly Coles.

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Clive James reads from his fifth volume of memoirs, charting the TV years that shot him into the public eye.

The discovery of the game show Endurance and a strange interview with Michael Heseltine.

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The advent of the TV satellite link made interviews possible with people like Tammy Faye Bakker and Willie Nelson.

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The TV postcard series saw Clive travelling the world.

He remembers Las Vegas, San Francisco and a surreal stay at the mansion owned by Hugh Hefner.

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The star interview became a regular feature and Clive gained revealing insights about Katharine Hepburn, Roman Polanski and Luciano Pavarotti.

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Clive makes a programme out of his attempts to learn to drive, tutored by Stirling Moss, and makes a postcard in Rome where he only just escapes the advances of Leonard Bernstein.