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Memories of Lindsay Anderson

Alan Bennett, 20 July 2000

... then head of programmes, Michael Grade. Used as I was to the BBC and to my regular producer, Innes Lloyd, I found LWT entirely well-meaning but awkward to work with only because it wasn’t an organisation geared to producing drama. Michael Grade, though, was unwavering in his support and when Lindsay fell behind on the shooting schedule Grade sanctioned ...

Bringing Down Chunks of the Ceiling

Andy Beckett: Manchester, England: The Story of the Pop Cult City by Dave Haslam, 17 February 2000

Manchester, England: The Story of the Pop Cult City 
by Dave Haslam.
Fourth Estate, 319 pp., £12.99, September 1999, 1 84115 145 9
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... filled up with overflow housing for poor Irish and Welsh arrivals during the mid-19th century. Lloyd George was born there in 1863; Engels rented rooms in the vicinity for his secret Irish girlfriend, Mary Burns. When West Indian immigrants started arriving in Manchester, one of the few places they could find landlords to take them was Moss Side. The same ...

Diary

Alan Bennett: What I Didn’t Do in 2007, 3 January 2008

... the performers – in this respect (and only in this) resembling another producer of mine, Innes Lloyd. Both of them protected the writers and actors from the BBC hierarchy. John Bird used to do a very good Harold Wilson and after one show Ned was summoned by Hugh Carleton-Greene, the director-general, and told that the prime minister was threatening legal ...

Diary

Alan Bennett: What I did in 2000, 25 January 2001

... even the 16th-century font recarved and thus deprived of its original design. 22 February. Noel Annan dies and gets good notices. He was one of the models for Duff, the best or certainly the most enjoyable character in The Old Country (1977). I always felt kindly towards him after learning that he would not stay in the same room as Paul Johnson. 15 ...

You better not tell me you forgot

Terry Castle: How to Spot Members of the Tribe, 27 September 2012

All We Know: Three Lives 
by Lisa Cohen.
Farrar Straus, 429 pp., £22.50, July 2012, 978 0 374 17649 5
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... certain circles to be made – as her brother was – into a fictional character. She appears in Lloyd Morris’s This Circle of Flesh as Sheila Conway, an odd-looking précieuse with ‘the figure of a Valkyrie, the broad and candid face of a plain boy’ and the ‘puzzled eagerness’ in her eyes of ‘a woman who has found no means of provoking desire in ...

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