Episode 2 of 2
"I used to walk down the stairs of Tramp every night and go 'Showtime!'" says Johnny Gold. "I never knew what was going to happen.'"
Paul Sexton concludes the story of everyone's favourite proprietor and host from the golden era of nightclubs. The programme begins as Johnny Gold and business partner Oscar Lerman open the doors of Tramp, in London's Jermyn Street, for the very first time in 1969.
The hour that follows includes countless funny stories and priceless memories of many of the club's patrons, while also documenting the way fame and glamour themselves used to be, in a time before instant celebrity and phone cameras.
Big names are out in force again to talk about the man who was both friend and father confessor to a generation of fabulous stars, and their fondest times at Tramp, both in London and in the Los Angeles club that followed in the 1980s.
Rod Stewart remembers pinning many a girl against the wall of Tramp and how he would party there until 4am, then get up to play Sunday morning football, smelling less than sweet. Mickey Rourke was another regular, staying until the small hours when Johnny would ask him to put George Best in a taxi and make sure he got home safely. And Bill Wyman remembers how, in his bachelor days, he once turned up at the club with 11 girls.
Michael Winner remembers what happened the night he walked in with Robert Mitchum and Jack Lemmon, and Gold takes Sexton on a daytime tour of the London club, pointing out the spot where Keith Moon lived up to his nickname of "The Loon" by wrecking a chandelier and also walking over a table through guests' dinner.
Joan and Jackie Collins not only hung out at Tramp but found that it led them to work, when the film of Jackie's novel The Stud, starring Joan, was filmed there. Eddie Jordan hung out with his favourite rock stars in Tramp, where even the most private and enigmatic of stars would sometimes see another celebrity they just had to meet, as Bryan Ferry explains about the night he spotted Prince.
"You saw diplomats, people from sports, politics, the movie business, the music business," says Mickey Rourke. "It was just a great time, a great place, and Johnny Gold made it.".