November 26, 2012
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Widely acknowledged as one of Britain’s most popular news presenters, Sir Trevor McDonald has signed up for a new series of An Audience With… appearances with Clive Conway Productions.
Sir Trevor McDonald
Twice voted Newscaster of the year, Trevor is widely perceived as the face of ITN, after years of fronting its flagship News at Ten’ bulletin and the leading current affairs show Tonight. In a departure from his regular role he has also presented Have I Got News For You and the rival topical comedy show, News Knight.
Trevor has interviewed many of the world’s leading figures including Archbishop Desmond Tutu (see http://www.youtube.com/user/CliveConwayClips). He spoke to Nelson Mandela on his release from prison, and in a very different vein he secured the only British TV interview with Saddam Hussein. Trevor has written biographies of the West Indian cricketers Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd, and published his autobiography Fortunate Circumstances. He won a BAFTA and a Dimbleby award for Outstanding Contribution to Television, and was voted ‘Most Trusted TV Celebrity’ in a Radio Times poll.
November 3, 2012
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It was good to hear Jonathan Dimbleby on Radio 4’s Saturday Live this morning talking to presenter J.P. Devlin about his father the great broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, We even got a clip of Dimbleby senior’s famed April Fool broadcast extolling the virtues of the great spaghetti plantations of the Po Valley. The main focus of the piece however was Jonathan’s thoughts on inspirational wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
The broadcast was recorded at Churchill’s country home, Chartwell in Kent. It included insights into the great man’s haphazard working methods – early morning briefings and dictation from his bed, strewn with Cabinet papers, and delivered cigar in mouth, whisky in hand. What’s more we got Jonathan doing his (until now) rather uncelebrated impression of Churchill himself.
As well as regularly presenting BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? Jonathan – one of our most revered political broadcasters – is an expert on the history of the Second World War. Next Thursday November 8 will find him appearing for Clive Conway Productions in An Audience With Jonathan Dimbleby at the RAC Club in London’s Pall Mall.
No doubt high on the agenda will be his new book Destiny in the Desert published to mark the 70th anniversary of the British victory at the Battle of El Alamein in November 1942.
The book is a story of high drama, played out both in the war capitals of London, Washington, Berlin, Rome and Moscow, and at the front, in the command posts and foxholes in the desert. El Alamein is about the tensions and rivalries between politicians and generals, diplomats. Drawing on official records and the personal insights of those involved at every level the book creates a vivid portrait of a struggle which for Churchill marked the turn of the tide.