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Face-to-face with Paul Gascoigne
Although I've interviewed him before today is the first time I've met Paul Gascoigne face-to-face. He didn't look up at first when I introduced myself to him outside our studio - which made me apprehensive. I wondered if he'd rather be somewhere else. We've been inviting him on the programme for a while and finally he agreed after we wrote to him.
I sat next to him on the sofa, he introduced me to his dad John, and I talked to him about the areas I wanted to cover. Despite the fact that he said "I like off-the-cuff questions" my feeling was that he was slightly defensive. Who can blame him though ? He seemed very keen to include his dad in the conversation which was courteous and appropriate.
Gascoigne looked tanned, slim, his face a little gaunt, his hair bleached white. He looked younger than 41 but spoke like an older man, possibly with a very slight slur - perhaps to do with medication, or the effects of drinking so much and taking cocaine.
You can watch some of the interview below:
Hear the whole interview with Paul Gascoigne on the BBC iPlayer (available until 30th March 2009).
John sat next to him in the studio throughout the interview - the expression on John's face remained exactly the same for most of the hour: impassive. Gascoigne appeared to love talking to those listeners who remembered joyfully the way he played football. But he was cross at those listeners who challenged him about domestic violence or his relationship with his children. When Alistair in Warrington asked if he was in denial about the assault on Sheryl, John motioned to Paul not to respond. But he did.