Archives For Clive James

Forgive me, but when I first heard the premise – if we can call it that – of BBC One’s new Saturday-night filler Tumble, all I hoped was that Ashley Roberts might be found cavorting in leotard. Alas, she is not and no one’s doing anything as entertaining as cavorting in this utterly charmless programme. Continue Reading…

No place for objectivity this, everyone concerned with Rebels of Oz: Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob (BBC Four), from the titular subjects to its presenter, Howard Jacobson, are among my most admired literary heroes and cultural influences; thus, for me, this two-part documentary was so enjoyable it was almost indecent. I am too young to remember the days when this honourable gang of four dominated television, as guests or presenters, and certainly too young to have contemporaneously read Clive James at his height as a television critic, so I am grateful to YouTube and second-hand bookshops for providing access to their unique Australian brilliance. Continue Reading…