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Duration: 45 minutes

Edition of the arts documentary magazine programme.Huw Wheldon introduces a report from writer and critic Simon Raven, who travels to Swansea to converse with Kingsley Amis at the university where he teaches. In this genial interview, Amis recalls his most famous character, Jim Dixon, the protagonist of Lucky Jim, and discusses his subsequent writing career, including the novel on which he is currently working (published as Take a Girl Like You). (1958)

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Sun 2 Feb 1958 22:00 BBC Television Service

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  • Did You Know?

    Martin Amis met Philip Larkin in 1941, when they both went up to St John's College, Oxford, to read English. They quickly established a close friendship that lasted throughout their lives (in 1985, Amis gave the address at Larkin's funeral) and had a profound influence on their literary careers.

  • Did You Know?

    Jacob Epstein (1880-1959) was born in New York to parents of Orthodox Jewish descent. He left the United States in 1902 to study in Paris, before moving to London in 1905. He stayed in England and, in December 1910, became a British subject. He was knighted in 1954.

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Huw Wheldon
Simon Raven
Jacob Epstein
Catherine Dove
Peter Newington
John Read


  • Sun 2 Feb 1958 22:00 BBC Television Service

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