Clive James

In a special programme Andrew Marr looks back over the long career of Clive James. Even at the height of his fame as the star of weekend television, Clive James was always writing: poetry, essays and a series of memoirs. Now in his 70s and suffering from serious illness, he has been nominated for an award for his translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy. James explains how this last phase of his life has brought him a new seriousness; 'a late sublime'.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Mon 23 Dec 2013 21:30

Clive James

Poems used on the programme:

‘Nimrod’ from Nefertiti in the Flak Tower, published by Picador

‘Leçons des ténèbres’ (available on his website)

‘Event Horizon’ (available on his website)


The Divine Comedy by Dante, translated by Clive James, is published by Picador.


Clive James website


Role Contributor
ProducerKaty Hickman
PresenterAndrew Marr

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