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    The interview, a seven minutes section entitled Whatever Happened to Darren Burn? from a July, 1988, BBC Television People programme is not available online, although I have a private DVD-R of it. Darren, then aged 26, looks thin and pale and comes across as a very bitter and self depreciating person. This is intercut with footage from the Man Alive film of him as an eleven year old fifteen years earlier in July, 1973, full of life; enthusiasm; excitement and hope for the future. The stark contrast between these two images of the same person is only too terribly apparent.

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    David - do you have any photos of Darren in his later years?

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    Only frames captured from the 1988 BBC People interview when he was 26...three years before his death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidRayner View Post
    Only frames captured from the 1988 BBC People interview when he was 26...three years before his death.
    Could you post them David?

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    I have tried to paste them in on here through Photobucket, but they just won't upload (I wonder if that's the reason why no one uploads pictures on here...because they can't). However, if you send me your email address in a private message, I will send them to you by email.

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    I remember Darren Burn very well. In the early seventies a video was circulated in which his beginning career as an emerging kid star was shown. I used this video in my English classes and discussed it with my teenage students who were fascinated seeing one of their age or younger performing. A couple of years later I tried to buy his record, but could not find it anywhere. The other day his name crossed my mind, and I found his tragic story here.
    Obviously his parents were the main promoters of his career.

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    Parts of the video I mentioned can be watched on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBgmCc2jMyA

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    Apparently, the BFI have restored all the Man Alive films...including this one from July, 1973, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star...for the BBC. But whether they will ever be released on DVD is up to the BBC. In the meantime, the above rather low quality editing copy with a time code on it is all that's available to collectors. I have the full, 52 minutes long version of the programme, from which the above excerpt was uploaded and, in 2009, I offered to send a copy to Darren's family, but they weren't interested.

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    I stumbled here somehow and feel compelled to set the record straight. Some of what I have read here, and elsewhere, is true and correct, some isn't. I was a pupil at CLS at the same time as Darren, same years, I knew him well. He wasn't part of my crowd at first (I was football team etc) but we become friends through a shared love of music. Forget any notion of him being bullied at school, he was well capable of looking after himself both verbally and physically. Teased? well of course, kids are kids, but it was pretty short lived and soon became a non issue. Our friendship grew, became best mates, I stayed at their house in Southgate, and then Brookmans Park on countless occasions, and he did at mine. We stayed close friends, through thick and thin, until the late eighties I think it's fair to say that nobody - anywhere - knew him better. I don't want to go into any more details on a public forum, but if anyone is interested in the real deal story, please feel free to email me at brudest904@gmail.com.

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    I recently received a rare 1974 Japanese pressing of Darren's 45 rpm EMI single Teenage Lover / The Moment You Smile from a specialist record dealer in Japan (Stereo EMI EMR 1060 1) with a nice cover that has a colour photo of Darren on the front and a black and white photo of him on the back, neither of which I previously had in my collection. When it arrived, I thought it was just a Japanese pressing of the British single. But when I played it, I was in for a surprise, as Darren sings both songs in seemingly flawless Japanese. What a talented young lad he was, before his dreadful addiction to heroin engulfed him and destroyed him. I often get emails from individuals who say they knew Darren, used to go to the City of London school with him and used to be his best friend, ect, but the main problem with them is that they all contradict each other in the details. So either one of them is telling the truth or all of them are telling lies. Anyway, these days, I don't take any notice of them. After all, anyone can say they're anyone on the Internet, can't they?

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