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Enquiry into the Beats

In this 1959 ABC-TV programme “Enquiry Into the Beats”, host Keith Smith interviews young Sydney intellectuals Robert Hughes and Clive James on their impressions of Beat culture and the work of Jack Kerouac. Thanks to ABC Library Sales for making this available on YouTube.

Featured video.

What The Papers Say

Clive James presents an episode of Granada’s What The Papers Say in 1972.

Early Television and its Future

23rd March 1977: Good Afternoon’s Elaine Grand speaks to Grace Wyndham Goldie, former Head of Talks and Current Affairs at the BBC, and writer and broadcaster Clive James about the ‘Dark Secret’ that is television, and how it has progressed since its early days at Alexandra Palace in the 1930s.

From Thames Television.

Clive James at the Movies

A 1981 episode of LWT's series “Clive James at the Movies”.

The Clive James Screen Test

A 1983 episode of LWT's series “The Clive James Screen Test”.

ABC: Nationwide

ABC news reporter David De Vos interviewed Clive James for ‘Nationwide’ while James was on a visit to Perth, Western Australia, in 1983.

From ABC Library Sales.

ABC: Clive James At Home

The Kid From Kogarah cross-examines two unconventional QC’s — young Geoffie Robertson and old Goughie Whitlam.

From ABC Australia, 1986.

Mariella Frostrup's Brunch

Clive James guests on Mariella Frostrup's Channel 5 morning show on 14th December 1997, just as Clive's songwriting collaboration with Pete Atkin finds new publicity in the wake of the 1997 Monyash Festival and the CD re-issue of Pete's albums.

Hay Festival 2004

“Doctors and teachers, I ask you, what is Hell...?” The fabulous Clive James on Dostoevsky, Dickens and the Magic Sentence.

From The Guardian Hay Festival.

Sunday Arts, ABC 2007

Clive James talks to Fenella Kernebone about his latest book, Cultural Amnesia, on ABC’s “Sunday Arts” programme, 9th September 2007.

Clive James on "Cultural Amnesia", Part One (2007)

In the first of three short programmes he made for TimesOnline on the subjects of his grand work “Cultural Amnesia”, Clive James talks about Coco Chanel, Albert Camus and Mao Zedong.

From TimesOnline.

Clive James on "Cultural Amnesia", Part Two (2007)

In the second of three short programmes he made for TimesOnline on the subjects of his grand work “Cultural Amnesia”, Clive James talks about Evelyn Waugh, Tony Curtis and Margaret Thatcher.

From TimesOnline.

Clive James on "Cultural Amnesia", Part Three (2007)

In the third of three short programmes he made for TimesOnline on the subjects of his grand work “Cultural Amnesia”, Clive James talks about Sigmund Freud, Louis Armstrong and Sophie Scholl.

[ For reasons I can only guess at (they can't stand a few bars of jazz?) this programme has been blocked from ‘embedding’ by YouTube's copyright protection squad. If you're in a favoured country, you might be able to view it directly in YouTube by following THIS LINK — Archive Editor ]

Brilliant Creatures, The Rebels Of Oz: Germaine, Clive, Barry & Bob, Part 1

Howard Jacobson’s 2014 documentary for the BBC and Australia’s ABC, charting the story of how, in the 1960s, four intellectual powerhouses — Germaine Greer, Clive James, Barry Humphries and Robert Hughes — emerged from down under and took the world by storm.

(Part 1 of 2)

[ For copyright reasons YouTube has blocked this programme from ‘embedding’. If you're in a favoured country, you might be able to view it directly in YouTube by following THIS LINK — Archive Editor ]

Brilliant Creatures, The Rebels Of Oz: Germaine, Clive, Barry & Bob, Part 2

Howard Jacobson’s 2014 documentary for the BBC and Australia’s ABC, charting the story of how, in the 1960s, four intellectual powerhouses — Germaine Greer, Clive James, Barry Humphries and Robert Hughes — emerged from down under and took the world by storm.

(Part 2 of 2)

[ For copyright reasons YouTube has blocked this programme from ‘embedding’. If you're in a favoured country, you might be able to view it directly in YouTube by following THIS LINK — Archive Editor ]

Sheffield Doc/Fest on Howard Jacobson’s Brilliant Creatures

In 2014, Howard Jacobson and Germaine Greer participated in the annual Sheffield Documentary Festival at Hallam University, to discuss Jacobson's new documentary on Greer, Clive James, Robert Hughes and Barry Humphries.

From Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Clive James' 2007 New York Public Library interview on Cultural Amnesia

C-SPAN2’s “Book TV” presents Paul Holdengräber’s “NYPL Live” conversation with Clive James on James’ new book “Cultural Amnesia”, 26th March 2007.

From C-SPAN [low resolution video].

Bill Moyers’ Journal on Cultural Amnesia, PBS 2007

Bill Moyers interviews culture critic Clive James, whose latest book CULTURAL AMNESIA comes after more than 40 years observing and commenting on arts, literature, culture, and politics.

Read interview Transcript.

ABC: Elders, November 2009 with Andrew Denton

ABC”s Andrew Denton interviews Clive at his London home in 2009, on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The Orwell Prize 2008 : Clive James shortlist interview and award acceptance speech.

Clive James was awarded a Special Prize for Writing and Broadcasting after being shortlisted for the Journalism Prize 2008, for three editions of A Point of View on BBC Radio 4. He is interviewed here by Jean Seaton in his London apartment, and is seen accepting the prize at the 2008 awards ceremony.

From the Orwell Foundation.

Not Clive: Dick Cavett with John Cheever and John Updike

On his original website (at clivejames.com prior to 2018), Clive included this recording of John Cheever and John Updike's appearance on the Dick Cavett show of October 14th, 1981. Although Clive doesn't feature, the show is included here because of his recommendation.

From the New York Times.

Academic Luis Castellví Laukamp with Prue James

Laukamp chats with Clive's widow Prue about Fin de fiesta: Últimos poemas, his Spanish translations of Clive's late poems. They recite ‘Return of the Kogarah Kid’ in Spanish and English.

From Editorial Pre-Textos, Madrid.

“Oval Room, Wallace Collection” by Clive James (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

Tom O'Bedlam reads Clive's poem, inspired by a visit to the Wallace Collection in London. Audio recital with stills.

From Spoken Verse.

W H Auden — a discussion with John Clarke and Clive James

This delightful conversation at the Melbourne Literary Festival (25th August 2007) involved two superbly talented word artists discussing one of the giants of English poetry. John Clarke (1948–2017) and Clive James (1939–2019) were humorists with a deep understanding of the power and potential of language. John Clarke came from New Zealand to become the supreme parodist in Australia, widely admired for his ability to lovingly lacerate pomposity He was a master at what Voltaire called the purpose of satire — to make vice and folly bleed. Clive James achieved international distinction as a wit, broadcaster, critic and poet. Here they recite their favourite lines from W H Auden from memory, discuss their interpretations of his work, talk about their own struggles for meaning and a guiding philosophy, and of course are consistently funny.

Audio with stills — thanks to Jay North.