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Michael Palin

You were born in Yorkshire. You’ve had lots of Yorkshire characters, but was your family steeped in Yorkshire from way back? My mother and father weren’t Yorkshire people. We ended up there because my father was an engineer. It was during the Depression in the 1930s and he couldn’t get any work down in the south, so he ended up working first in Hull, then Leeds, and then he went to Sheffield towards the end of the 30s, where he found work with a company called Newton Chambers, who made lavatories and things like that. It’s gone down in the… Keep Reading

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Ken Dodd

Michael “Atters” Attree: Mr. Dodd, are you a chap? Yes, we’ve got a lot of Chaps on Merseyside; the Liverpool chap particularly has a great chuckle muscle. What I mean is they have a great sense of humour. From Liverpool we export comedians and prime ministers: Arthur Askey, Ted Ray, Rob Wilson, Tommy Handley; all these wonderful men, all coming from Liverpool, and I can explain to you later if you ask me, what the Merseyside or the Liverpool sense of humour is. “What really irritates me is when I see top class politicians on television without a necktie. It’s… Keep Reading

Paul Anderson
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Paul Anderson Interview

Gustav Temple:  Your moustache is the only moustache in the entire cast of Peaky Blinders. We’re very interested in moustache growing at the Chap. Presumably you have to grow a new moustache for each round of filming. Do you grow it from scratch, or do you grow a full beard then shave off everything except the moustache? Generally I have a full beard anyway, but I’ll tell you this: the first two seasons, that wasn’t my moustache. It was a stick-on moustache (laughs mischievously). What happened was that the character Stephen Knight originally created looked completely different to how Arthur… Keep Reading

Richard E Grant
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Richard E Grant

Gustav Temple: This year marks 30 years since the release of Withnail and I. While you were filming, did you have any idea that, 30 years later, fans would still be quoting entire sequences of your dialogue and watching the film at special themed screenings? If only! The producer threatened to pull the plug half way through the first day of filming, saying we were already behind schedule and declared that he’d ripped the Bull scene from the script. All grand standing hogwash, and Bruce Robinson called his bluff and said he’d resign there and then. After which the stupid… Keep Reading

Stephen Fry
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Stephen Fry

Actor, author, director, playwright, linguaphile, polymath, son of an inventor, educated at Queens College, Cambridge, and (ye Gods) almost born American, Stephen Fry has come to represent everything that is wry, cultured, warm-hearted and grammatically correct about the British chap. For the majority of the last three decades, ever since first appearing on University Challenge, The Cellar Tapes and There’s Nothing To Worry About (later titled Alfresco) in the 1980s, Mr. Fry has been there to enunciate, entertain and educate our great nation. Picking a career highlight is tricky. There was his marvellous sketch show (co-written with fellow Cambridge Footlight… Keep Reading

Fenella Fielding
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Fenella Fielding

Michael “Atters” Attree: Fame is a very extraordinary thing. You can become famous for being the bodiless voice of margarine, can’t you? Could you please tell me what to ask regarding Carry On Screaming, so I avoid a cliché question. Oh, and do you mind if I smoke? [laughs] No, I would love you to smoke! Okay! What did Harry H. Corbett smell like? I never got near enough to discover! You of course also featured in Danger man, the Prisoner and countless other delights… was Patrick McGoohan as intense off camera, too? All I can tell you is he… Keep Reading

Chris Eubank
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Chris Eubank

Gustav Temple: What for you is the definition of a gentleman? A gentleman is a person who is considerate in almost all situations and usually cloaked in dignity. Can you name an example of a perfect English gentleman, living or deceased? Leslie Phillips. And his female counterpart? Helen Mirren Does the dandy still exist in modern society? Yes, however, he or she is usually recognized as an eccentric. They want to make anyone who wants to be charismatic feel awkward, so that one backs up into conformity. Would you consider yourself to be a dandy? I simply am what I… Keep Reading

Adam Ant
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Adam Ant

Michael “Atters” Attree: Are you experimental with your facial hair? I am now. I have attempted to in the past, but now I’ve gone for a cardigan, cherry-bun style. Do you use any facial hair accoutrements? I dye it. I use mascara. Mascara? Really? Damn. I thought that trick was a secret of my own. I didn’t think anyone else did that. Do you admire anyone with facial hair? I like D.H. Lawrence’s beard, with a roll neck. I like Royal Navy beards. I tried a Robert De Niro Deer Hunter style for a short time, but only when I… Keep Reading

Brian Blessed
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Brian Blessed

Michael “Atters” Attree: Let’s start with a few warm-up questions first. What’s your favourite tipple? It’s a funny one that one…of all the questions I could answer in the world, I mean, this will bore the arse off you: I don’t drink. I love people to drink, I encourage people to drink, I think drink is a great thing, it’s just that I have a kind of agenda in my life, space and mountains and all that. I’ve done two or three hours’ training today…therefore drink reduces my fitness, but I think it would be vodka. Because it’s such a… Keep Reading

John Waters
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John Waters

Gustav Temple: How are you, Mr. Waters? I’m well. I remember your magazine. You’re lasting much longer than a lot of magazines in America (chortles). When you write about moustaches, hats and cravats and little else, you’ve got more chance of longevity than if you follow the latest fads. I wish I liked hats on me, but no man wears a hat worse than I. In the book I noticed that you wore a hat for the Comme des Garcons show. Well I had to, they made me. But I hate hats … even a skull cap looks stupid on… Keep Reading

Kendo Nagasaki
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Kendo Nagasaki

Michael “Atters” Attree: Greg Dyke’s BBC dynasty annihilated TV wrestling. Was its TV demise inevitable or was there room for a newfound renaissance within the sport? After the cessation of British wrestling on ITV, the American shows exploded all over Sky television, so there was definitely scope to reinvent British wrestling. I tried to do this with a spectacular show at the Hippodrome, but British wrestling promoters gave me very little support at the time. It’s taken them 30 years to realise how to do this, as can be seen in the most recent developments in British wrestling – which… Keep Reading

Slim Jim Phantom
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Slim Jim Phantom

Gustav Temple: When you first chose the name Slim Jim Phantom and became the drummer in the Stray Cats, did you realise that you’d never be able to gain weight or lose your hair? I have the same name as my father, as is the practice with the NYC Irish nobility. His nickname is Big Jim, so I became Slim Jim. When we got into rockabilly, everybody needed a nickname and mine stuck real good and tight. I did meet a guy in London much later, a heavy set lad and his name was also Slim… As for my Barnett… Keep Reading

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