A Man Of Many Parts



When Sir Peter Ustinov died last month, his many obituarists marvelled at the range of his achievements: actor in films (two Oscars) and theatre, radio comedy pioneer, author of novels, plays and screenplays. He was also a celebrated raconteur, graphic artist, photographer, stage director and designer, and the recipient of many humanitarian awards for his work with UNICEF and UNESCO. 'Sooner or later,' he once said, 'I must decide what to do with my life.' In this Radio 4 interview recorded on the occasion of his 80th birthday, Sir Peter talked to fellow humourist John Bird about his hectic life and times: about family life, school sports, the army, the heyday of Hollywood, radio comedy with Peter Jones, the complicity of the very old and the very young, God and Andre Agassi.