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Celebrating the Southbank Show: Laurence Olivier

In early 2010 after 30 years and 800 episodes, Melvyn Bragg’s Southbank Show came to an end. One of his most notable interviewees was Laurence Olivier (this interview was turned into the Emmy-winning documentary Laurence Olivier: A Life). In this clip from Celebrating the Southbank Show, which aired on ITV3 in September 2008, Melvyn Bragg reminisces about his experience interviewing Olivier, and the drunken day in Brighton that ensued.

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Kendra has been the weblady at since 2007. She lives in Yorkshire and is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, and co-author of Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies (Running Press). Follow her on Twitter @kendrajbean, Instagram at @vivandlarrygram, or at her official website.

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