“I deeply regret having been in this business.” Sir Jonathan Miller rages against the dying of the light

Subterfuge won an interview with this brilliant waspish man who was candid, confessional and railed against everyone from the “idiot” Prime Minister to his old colleague David Frost.

“I totally saw how you can start to go mad.” Into the mind of the master illusionist Derren Brown

Derren Brown looks deep into my eyes and smiles. ‘Being a hypnotist is the ultimate fantasy of control really, isn’t it?’ I can only agree with this master of manipulation, who appears to have the power to read the minds of strangers and make them do outrageous things.

“Those were my pals.” Listening to Henry Allingham, the boy who saw the Somme from the air in 1917

Watching the movie 1917 reminded me of meeting Henry Allingham. He saw WG Grace bat. He saw the battle of the Somme from the air in an aircraft made of wood, cloth and wire. He was the oldest man in the country when I met him in 2007 and he lived to be the oldest man in the world, dying just over a year later at 113.

“When they talk about the war, will they remember me?” A last interview with the remarkable Dame Vera Lynn

Six years ago I went to the home of Dame Vera Lynn and listened to her sing along to recordings of her younger self. As far as I know, this was the last in-depth interview about her life that she ever gave. Softly, with a voice that is still clear after all these years, DameContinue reading ““When they talk about the war, will they remember me?” A last interview with the remarkable Dame Vera Lynn”

Interviewing Michael Crawford, getting a bit weepy together for the love of our Nans

A long time ago – well, 1982, to be precise – I got on a number 38 bus from the Bakers Arms in Leyton with Gladys, my Nan. One of those women of a particular generation who had grown up in the East End listening to the cut-glass accents of the announcers on the BBC.Continue reading “Interviewing Michael Crawford, getting a bit weepy together for the love of our Nans”