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Clive James has Passed Away
dragonq
I know he’s been dying for about the past 10 years, but I was very sad this morning to see on the news that Clive James has finally passed away. I have a whole shelf full of his books, and he was one of the great prose stylists, certainly the greatest essayist of his generation.

Clive was famous for his scathing reviews of Blakes 7, but in all honesty I found them so funny, I could not wish them unwritten. He returned to the subject so often, that I suspect he actually had a sneaking affection for the program, and he certainly had an eye for Jacqueline Pearce. A representative piece, “Face Your Dog” (reprinted in Clive James on Television) describes Servalan as sharing her “commanding personality” with dog trainer Barbara Woodhouse. He wrote in fireworks, with great wit, and greater erudition. Clive was one-of the first critics to really write well and seriously about television, so I forgive him for calling Blakes 7 “flaring nonsense from beyond the galaxy”.

After all, we’re none of us perfect.
 
rojkerr1
very sad, talented guy
 
BradPaula
Very sorry to hear this. RIP
Zil: Oneness must resist the Host.
 
Endless Midnight
Clive James did later do a TV series in the 1990s where he looked back on his years as a television critic and featured examples of the programmes he wrote about, with guests from some of the programmes also appearing.

This is from an edition of it that was devoted to sci-fi, with clips and guests from Blake's 7 and Doctor Who, including Sally Knyvette and Jacqueline Pearce, both of whom James chats with. The tone is generally good-humoured and amiable, so don't be put off by the review he wrote in 1980.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvzHRSJnrns
 
Joe Dredd
It's been ages since I read his B7 review, but from memory it was pretty clear the episode he watched was "The Harvest of Kairos". Certainly not an episode that would be my first choice (or even my tenth choice) to show someone the strengths and appeal of B7.
 
sweevo
RIP, buddy. Sad
 
briggsy1
I think Clive had a grudging respect for the show.
 
Obsidian
briggsy1 wrote:

I think Clive had a grudging respect for the show.


Yes, I think he did. He had great wit and erudition and it was really a bit of a coup for B7 to attract that notoriety.

No doubt in Australia we'll see some lengthier pieces about his life in the next week or so than the TV news obits. Will have to see if that comes up at all. It was amazing to see Germaine Greer crying. They were part of a generation that those of us just a bit behind looked to to guide the way in making it in the world and getting beyond the Australian "cultural cringe". Clive will be much missed.
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briggsy1
Clive James end of the year shows were always the best way to see in the New Year. Brilliant!
 
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