Pottermanship

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20030621

Stephen Fry explores the comic and linguistic legacy of the writer and prolific radio producer, Stephen Potter. In the late nineteen forties and fifties, Stephen Potter was one of the most famous people in Britain. This was largely due to a short, funny book he wrote called Gamesmanship, the wry social observations of which captured the public imagination. His exploration of the art of winning without actually cheating, has entered the language, and this feature will reveal the story behind the book's conception. We will hear from Potter's two sons about their Father's life and work, rare archives from Potter's days as a radio producer, dramatisations from his books, and never-before-heard extracts from his diary.

20030621

Stephen Fry explores the comic and linguistic legacy of the writer and prolific radio producer, Stephen Potter. In the late nineteen forties and fifties, Stephen Potter was one of the most famous people in Britain. This was largely due to a short, funny book he wrote called Gamesmanship, the wry social observations of which captured the public imagination. His exploration of the art of winning without actually cheating, has entered the language, and this feature will reveal the story behind the book's conception. We will hear from Potter's two sons about their Father's life and work, rare archives from Potter's days as a radio producer, dramatisations from his books, and never-before-heard extracts from his diary.