Five More Ages Of Brandreth

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01Prime Ministers20121001

For five decades Gyles Brandreth has been a dedicated diarist. These five programmes recall some of the famous and notorious people he's met in a long and varied career.

The first programme is on Prime Ministers. Harold Macmillan was Gyles's first Prime Minister. He remembers Supermac's fall and the race to succeed him, and eventually met the great man in Oxford in 1979. Macmillan dozed throughout. Gyles also met Ted Heath at Oxford but it didn't go well, Gyles was underpar, so underpar he was sick on Heath's shoes. Gyles was an MP and a whip during John Major's time at Number Ten. He witnessed the government's disaster at first hand. And when Tony Blair was booed by the Women's Institute, the next speaker was - Gyles Brandreth.

Producer: Chris Bond.

02Actors20121002

For more than fifty years, Gyles Brandreth has been a dedicated diarist. This series recalls some of the famous and notorious people he met in a long and varied career.

The second programme in the series looks at actors. Gyles has long experience as an avid theatre goer, producer and performer. At university and later he had many dealings with Sir Michael Redgrave, a generous, nervous and tragic figure. He wrote Sir John Gielgud's biography, and organised Sir John's 80th birthday party featuring Superman. And his best friend from schooldays was the Hi-De-Hi star Simon Cadell who died tragically young.

03Comedians20121003

For more than fifty years, Gyles Brandreth has been a dedicated diarist. This series recalls some of the famous and notorious people he met in a long and varied career.

Programme three is on Comedians. Gyles was a long time associate of Kenneth Williams, an outrageous and tortured figure. He helped Frankie Howerd with his writing and Howerd made a pass at him. Williams and Howerd were lonely and rather sad, unlike Les Dawson and Larry Grayson who delighted in their success.

Producer: Chris Bond.

04Characters20121004

For more than fifty years, Gyles Brandreth has been a dedicated diarist. This series recalls some of the famous and notorious people he met in a long and varied career.

Programme four is on Characters.

The diaries are full of characters, people such as Jeffrey Archer. Jeffrey was the court jester at the court of Mrs Thatcher, but thought of himself as Cardinal Wolsey.

Gyles met Fanny Cradock when he was President of the Oxford Union and he persuaded her to speak. He recalls: "she has drawn on eyebrows, orange lipstick around her lips, and a voice like a foghorn, but she was a triumph and is now my best friend."

Producer: Chris Bond.

05 LASTRoyalty20121005

For more than fifty years, Gyles Brandreth has been a dedicated diarist. This series recalls some of the famous and notorious people he met in a long and varied career.

Programme Five is on Royalty. Gyles has had long contact with the Royal Family. He's written books about Charles and Camilla and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Producer: Chris Bond.