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Suggs

Chooses John Betjeman's poem On a Portrait of a Deaf Man

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Singer, actor and broadcaster, best known as the frontman of the band Madness

On a Portrait of a Deaf Man by John Betjeman

Suggs chooses Sir John Betjeman's poem On a Portrait of a Deaf Man, performed by the poet on the album Banana Blush, with music by Jim Parker. Presented by Mark Lawson.

From the Archive

In the Studio with John Betjeman

John Betjeman forgets his own poem during the recording of the album Banana Blush. Introduced by George Melly.

Originally broadcast in Softly Croons the Radiogram on 28 Jan 1997 on BBC Radio 2

Betjeman the Performer

John Betjeman struggling with a Midlands accent while performing his poem A Shropshire Lad.

Originally broadcast in Archive Hour 28 August 2006 on BBC Radio 4 

Know your Betjeman

A quick fire quiz on Betjeman presented by James Walton with panelists Andrew Motion, Sebastian Faulks, John Walsh and Sue Limb.

Originally broadcast on The Write Stuff on 20 January 2012

Archibald Ormsby-Gore: The Bear in Betjeman's Life

Betjeman's daughter Candida Lycett Green tells A.N.Wilson about her father's intense and life-long relationship with his teddy bear.

Originally broadcast in Doubts and Demons 28 August 2006 on BBC Radio 4

Regrets

Interviewed towards the end of his life, Sir John Betjeman gives his celebrated answer to the question: Any regrets?

Originally broadcast on Archive Hour 28 August 2006 on BBC Radio 4