Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 9, 2015 15:40:17 GMT 12
I have heard this before but many here won't have... In August-September 1980 Arthur Lowe and his wife Joan toured New Zealand in the play "Beyond A Joke", and during their visit Arthur was interviewed by Radio new Zealand's Sharon Crosbie. The recording has resurfaced recently in Radio New Zealand National's excellent programme "Sounds Historical" with Jim Sullivan. You can listen to it/download it here in the first hour, starting at 12.30 minutes in: www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/soundshistorical/20150329
Post by David Somen on Jun 18, 2015 0:08:37 GMT 12
Last week while on holiday in Malta I recognised Arthur Lowe's old yacht Amazon moored in Sliema bay. How I wished someone had come along and said "Hey Dad's Army fan come on board and have a look around." Imagine the parties and the famous who have trod those decking boards.
Below is a little phone video I recorded.
There is some interesting history on the yacht in Wikipedia.
Post by mingwalton on Sept 14, 2015 0:12:35 GMT 12
With Arthur's 100th birthday on 22/9/15, this Saturday 19/9/15 there's a 3-hour programme celebrating him, with Ian Lavender in the chair. Radio 4-extra at 9am and repeated at 7pm. Should be available for a month on the i-player hopefully.
Post by mingwalton on Sept 14, 2015 0:36:53 GMT 12
Whilst talking about him Dave, I've ordered a copy of the book written by his son Stephen, from my local library. Don't know if you got to read it....only 3 reviews on Amazon and not everyone liked it.
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 14, 2015 11:37:41 GMT 12
I have Stephen's book, Ming. I liked it, but it's almost as much a personal journey for the author as it is about his father. Having got to know Stephen (he lives here in New Zealand) I gained a lot more appreciation for the book.
Post by Andy Howells on Sept 20, 2015 4:00:29 GMT 12
Can certainly recommend people tuning in to Do Tell Them Pike! -Its repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra tonight and is now available to listen again www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06chqrb.
Kudos must certainly go to the producers for digging out the rare Arthur Lowe material, the long lost Desert Island Discs interview is a dream to hear as is Arthur talking so candidly about his career in With Great Pleasure.... Also Billy's Last Stand features Arthur in a very different but entertaining role performing an excellent two hander with Ronald Baddiley... Christmas has come early indeed!
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 20, 2015 19:25:22 GMT 12
I couldn't help thinking how Arthur as Billy in 'Billy's Last Stand' was in the role of a victim of a meddlesome busybody who thought he could make things better - and later in his career he was the meddlesome busybody personified as Redvers Potter. I really enjoyed that drama, it was so different from the type of thing we usually heard either actor in, and was well written and performed.
The whole special was magic, I loved hearing the Desert Island Discs, but i think With Great Pleasure was actually even better. Thanks so much to Ian Lavender and his team that put this show together. I can cross off a few more items from Arthur's broad repertoire and I feel I got to know and understand him that little bit more too.