Sir John Betjeman, poet, broadcaster, journalist, prose writer and critic, was one of the best-loved figures of the twentieth century. This collection of recordings from the BBC Archives, has been selected by Sir John's daughter, Candida Lycett Green, and features broadcasts and interviews throughout his life.
He talks of his schooldays at Marlborough, his time at Oxford, and London before the motor car. His passion for England, its architecture and railways, his beloved Cornwall as well as interviews with Michael Parkinson and 'Desert Island Discs' Roy Plomley, are all featured in this unique anthology.
Humorous, intelligent, kind and witty : the interests and passions of the late Poet Laureate form a fascinating and delightful picture of an extraordinary man.
Side One :-
1) Introduction by Candida Lycett Green 2) 'Desert Island Discs' with Roy Plomley (Apr 1975) 3) Speech at the Annual Dinner of the Royal Academy of Arts (May 1962) 4) 'A Sense of the Past' (from 'Scenes that are Brightest', Jun 1968)
Side Two :-
1) 'Trains of Thought', Betjeman in conversation with C R Clinker, D S M Barrie, H Ellis & Canon R Lloyd (May 1953) 2) School & University (from 'People Today') with Irene Slade (Dec 1959) 3) Cornwall (from 'Scenes that are Brightest', Mar 1968) 4) St Mark's Church, Swindon (Mar 1949)
Side Three :-
1) 'Let's Find Out' (John Betjeman interviewed by four teenagers, Aug 1962) 2) London Before the Motor Car (from 'Scenes that are Brightest', Jan 1968) 3) Tennyson as a Humorist (Jul 1950)
Side Four :-
1) Public Image (from 'Any Questions', May 1969) 2) Michael Parkinson interviews Betjeman (Feb 1973) 3) Sunday Out of Town (from 'Thank God its Sunday', says 'May 1995', but he died in 1984!) 4) 'I Remember' with Lady Diana Montgomery (Jun 1962)