A Point of View: Clive James

A Point of View: Clive James

Clive James presents reflections on topical issues ranging from politics to pop culture in this award-winning series of BBC Radio 4's A Point of View. These programmes were first broadcast between 2007 and 2009.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Talking About Their Generation 25 DEC 2009

    Fri, 25 Dec 09

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Nothing could be worse than eternal youth if it meant denying the next generation room to live, says Clive James. Celebrating the scope for human progress, as each generation gives way to the next, he reflects on the energy his own grandchildren give him – yet he does not envy them.

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  • Option Swamp 18 DEC 2009

    Fri, 18 Dec 09

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Computerised customer service systems are a modern waste of time says a frustrated Clive James - all he wants is a real person to answer the phone.

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  • Hermie’s Ghost 11 DEC 2009

    Fri, 11 Dec 09

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Clive James reflects on the media coverage of man-made global warming and stresses the need for minds to be open and the need for a fair hearing for all voices - including sceptical ones.

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  • Impact 04 DEC 2009

    Fri, 4 Dec 09

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Living in a democracy can be trying, says Clive James, until you think of the alternatives. A democracy can hope to avoid some of the abuses that even less perfect systems are guaranteed to generate.

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  • Spirit of the Game 27 NOV 2009

    Fri, 27 Nov 09

    Duration:
    10 mins

    It's the spirit in which a game is played which determines whether Clive James likes or loathes a particular sport.

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  • Blog de Jour 20 NOV 2009

    Fri, 20 Nov 09

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Following the exposure of the identity of Belle de Jour, the author of The Diary of a London Call Girl, Clive James reflects on how her identity makes us think of a litany of brilliant courtesans.

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  • The Man on the Fourth Plinth 13 NOV 2009

    Fri, 13 Nov 09

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Clive James celebrates the honouring of Battle of Britain commander Sir Keith Park with a temporary statue on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth – although the achievements of some people stand so tall, he says, a statue in their honour can never match up.

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  • High Road to Xanadu 06 Nov 2009

    Fri, 6 Nov 09

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Clive James gives his personal view of the world of drugs and reflects on the seductive allure of illegal narcotics, laying the blame for their attractions at the door of the English romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his trip to Xanadu.

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  • On Strike 30 OCT 2009

    Fri, 30 Oct 09

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Clive James reflects on the postal workers' dispute and gives his personal view of the modern history of labour relations. At the heart of the postal strike is a reminder that the relationship between workers, managers and machines can be difficult.

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  • The Golf Ball Potato Crisp 23 OCT 2009

    Fri, 23 Oct 09

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Scepticism is important in every walk of life, says Clive James, as he criticises extreme reactions to those who are sceptical about man-made global warming.

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