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My life in alcohol at the Beeb by Wilfred De'Ath

Regulars | By Wilfred De'Ath | Summer 2017


'In 1961, I joined BBC Radio features as a producer. At 23, I think I was the youngest producer in the Corporation. Now I am the last man standing'

In 1961, I joined BBC Radio features as a producer. At 23, I think I was the youngest producer in the Corporation. Now I am the last man standing. (I discount my dear friend Melvyn Bragg who, in those days, was only a trainee. Imagine that: senior to ‘Lord’ Bragg.) In the features department, they still talked about Dylan Thomas (and his drinking), who had died eight years earlier. His producer, Douglas Cleverdon, who directed Under Milk Wood, was still there. (I eventually married his secretary.) I once saw Brendan Behan measuring his length in his own vomit in the George, the BBC pub in Great Portland Street. I was friendly with his younger brother Dominic, a much nicer chap. I shared an office for six months with the poet Louis MacNeice, who was employed to write radio features. He was a cold fish. I don’t think we ever exchanged...

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