Clive James

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'He returned to what he really was': Clive James's daughter on his poetic farewell
Artist Claerwen James recounts how she bonded with her father in his final months by helping him compile an anthology of his favourite verse

Rachel Cooke

27, Sep, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Margarita Pracatan obituary
Cuban-American singer and cabaret act known for her residency on the Clive James Show

Anthony Hayward

26, Jun, 2020 @2:01 PM

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The Australian book you've finally got time to read: Sentenced to Life by Clive James
For The Erratics author Vicki Laveau-Harvie, James’s slim but dazzling collection shows that poetry can be the antidote to the numbness many of us feel

Vicki Laveau-Harvie

27, May, 2020 @5:30 PM

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From the archive: Clive James at the Space Center, 1983
Our reporter visits the Florida launchpad and wonders if he has the right stuff. By Chris Hall

Chris Hall

29, Mar, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Clive James remembered by John Simpson
The BBC world affairs editor on a charismatic wit and gifted poet who elevated British life with his televisual panache

John Simpson

15, Dec, 2019 @1:00 PM

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Clive James was a great TV critic, but don’t forget Nancy Banks-Smith | Letters
Letters: Angus Doulton on the wit and craft of Nancy Banks-Smith and Teresa McCormack on the language of men


02, Dec, 2019 @6:33 PM

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Clive James and Jonathan Miller had confidence in the wits of their viewers | John Mullan
As funny public intellectuals who were also well-known faces on British television, they represent a lost era, says John Mullan, professor of English at University College London

John Mullan

02, Dec, 2019 @12:14 PM

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The playful pair who pricked the grim respectability of postwar British culture | Nicci Gerrard
Jonathan Miller and Clive James were irreverent public intellectuals who effortlessly demolished the walls between high and low art

Nicci Gerrard

01, Dec, 2019 @9:15 AM

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Clive James was the Mozart of TV criticism, and we are just Salieris
The current Observer TV critic examines the art of his predecessor and selects his favourite examples

Euan Ferguson

01, Dec, 2019 @9:05 AM

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Clive James: the last interview
Two months before his death, the broadcaster, poet and critic spoke about his own mortality

Rachel Cooke

01, Dec, 2019 @9:05 AM

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‘Clive James would have been a national treasure if only he’d taken himself more seriously’
The wit and wisdom of the man who turned TV reviewing into a new cultural form

John Naughton

01, Dec, 2019 @9:04 AM

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For Clive James, a sense of humour was just good manners
An exemplary critic, Clive laughed hard at himself and embraced his readers in their common failings

Howard Jacobson

30, Nov, 2019 @7:00 AM

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