- First broadcast 20081206 (Radio 4)
- First repeated 20090217 (Radio 4)
Eddie Mair tells the story of composer Lionel Bart, creator of Britain's most successful post-war musical, Oliver!
From the height of his fame in the 1960s, Bart endured a series of flops, leading to eventual bankruptcy, and he suffered serious health problems, including long battles with alcoholism and depression.
Eddie tells the story of this sensitive and troubled artist with the help of those who knew him intimately.