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  • RIP The late Clive James

    He may have hosted a series called The Late Clive James back in the late 1980s, but sadly, it irony of its title is now true - Clive James is indeed the late Clive James for real, for he has passed away at the age of 80. Just a few weeks after we lost Gay Byrne, famous for his Late, Late Show, ironically enough.

    Australian born James was diagnosed with leukaemia a few years ago, I was very surprised that he lived for a few years after his diagnosis but he carried on for a long while afterwards - he came to Great Britain from Australia and became the TV critic for the Observer newspaper in the 1970s, and as he started to do more TV himself, by 1982 he decided to abandon his Sunday newspaper column as he felt that he would be in danger of reviewing his own programmes.

    He made his niche as a writer and broadcaster in Great Britain, being the first presenter of the Sunday night "10.00 pm Spitting Image-slot" ...On TV series in which Keith Floyd and Chris Tarrant took over when he left in 1988 - his main legacy was probably introducing Japanese clips into the programme, as well as the game show Endurance which was late seen on the game show channel Challenge. He was just as much a big star at LWT in the 1980s as Bruce Forsyth, Cannon and Ball and Michael Aspel. Watching Clive James on TV was one of the many excuses I had for being late for school on Monday, and there is some irony there as well considering that I had recently bumped up the That's Life! thread a few hours ago.

    Clive James stayed at LWT until the start of 1988 where he moved to BBC 2 and made some series for that channel. Needless to say, that he also presented The Late Clive James as well - a title which feels more than ironic now considering the news of his demise - indeed, someone did write to a newspaper on receipt of his new programme title wondering whether James had passed away even back then, taking the title too literally. They were assured that he was still alive at that point. Nevertheless, he continued to be on British TV screens - his Australian accent was often mimicked by impressionists such as Rory Bremner.

    Clive James was often also both the first and last person seen on BBC 1 in each calendar year for he presented many of the New Year specials for the channel while Hogmanay celebrations were going on in Scotland, until Angus Deayton took over in the years before 2000 Today beckoned at the end of the last millennium.

    I saw him interviewed for BBC Breakfast around three or four years ago, and he was looked in a sorry state, but thankfully, his trademark Australian accent was intact - something that he didn't lose after all these years residing in Great Britain. I was amazed that he soldiered on for a few years after that, but sadly, as we know, the soldering has now ended.

    I have to admit that there have been so many celebrity deaths which have come in during the last 24 hours or so, and I think that I now know which ones will feature on Friday's edition of BBC Radio 4's Last Word - they do deserve their own threads of course, but I will also briefly mention Gary Rhodes' and Sir Jonathan Miller's passing as well.

    Such a sad day for so many people who are obviously familiar to us to leave us.
    Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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    Re: RIP The late Clive James

    As soon as i read this post i thought of gary rhodes and of course gay byrne who dies a week or so ago.

    Been a bad week or too for people weve known.
    R i p to all 3.
    THOUGHTS GO OUT TO THERE FAMILIES.
    FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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      Re: RIP The late Clive James

      I'm not too familiar with Clives work but i just looked him up on wiki and i do recognise him, Gary rhodes however i am more familiar with and always enjoyed his more relaxed approach to presentation, none of the wide boy antics of Jamie oliver or the potty mouth of Mr Ramsey, Gary was the quiet one with the funny hair who cooked delicious looking food without the need for flamboyance...Jonathan miller, did he write the naked ape?
      Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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        Very sad news about Clive James. He was a very witty and intelligent man. RIP.

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          It's been a very bad day or so, as well as Clive James and Gary Rhodes, we have also lost Jonathan Miller. RIP.

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            Re: RIP The late Clive James

            Originally posted by staffslad View Post
            It's been a very bad day or so, as well as Clive James and Gary Rhodes, we have also lost Jonathan Miller. RIP.
            Iíve seen suggestions that Gary Rhodes died in a fall .. in between filming ..


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              Re: RIP The late Clive James

              I'd heard for a few years that Clive James was ill but the news has still come as a shock.

              I remember often watching Saturday Night Clive, mostly for the out-takes & home video clips when they were very much a novelty to see on TV, along with funny clips from Japanese TV.
              The Trickster On The Roof

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                Re: RIP The late Clive James

                Originally posted by Zincubus View Post
                I’ve seen suggestions that Gary Rhodes died in a fall .. in between filming ..
                It was a shock to hear about Gary Rhodes as well as he was only in his 50s and didn't show any recent indication of illness.

                The national news today (and in particular the entertainment part of it) feels like an obituary column in many respects.
                Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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                  Re: RIP The late Clive James

                  Originally posted by Zincubus View Post
                  I’ve seen suggestions that Gary Rhodes died in a fall .. in between filming ..


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                  That was posted by Jamie oliver but for some reason quickly retracted, so dunno
                  Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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                    Re: RIP The late Clive James

                    Originally posted by tex View Post
                    That was posted by Jamie oliver but for some reason quickly retracted, so dunno
                    Itís since been confirmed by his family apparently ..


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                      Re: RIP The late Clive James

                      Originally posted by Zincubus View Post
                      Iíve seen suggestions that Gary Rhodes died in a fall .. in between filming ..
                      That was posted by Zincubus, not Jamie Oliver.

                      Seriously though, I read today that his family gave a statement to "avoid speculation" regarding Rhodes' death, and that makes me think that what had happened isn't as straightforward as one would think.
                      Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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