Tuesday, October 30, 2007

How tickled I was

Anthony Clare, whose death at the age of 64 has been announced, used to present "In The Psychiatrist's Chair" for Radio Four. One of his on-air "patients" was Ken Dodd. This was not long after he'd undergone an investigation for tax evasion. You knew the question was going to come eventually.
Clare: "I want to talk to you about money."
Doddy: (without missing a beat) "Why? Have you got some?"


  1. a) They don't make comics like that any more
    b) They don't make intelligent interviewers of the Clare ilk any more; those who aren't afraid of making themselves look foolish in the attempt to get something revealing out of the subject.

  2. Anonymous3:25 pm

    Another great Radio voice gone.

    Simon James x

  3. Three of my favourite broadcasters gone in less than a month. Very sad. My most vivid memory of Anthony Clare is the session he had with Jimmy Saville. He got absolutely nothing out of him whatsoever. It was fascinating in a squirmy sort of way. And all the more creepy for it.