April 16, 2009

Writer Clement Freud dies aged 84. Writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry has also paid tribute, remembering Sir Clement as an "immensely generous, benevolent and charming man". "My favourite memory is of him in full flow on Just a Minute, still able to trip up people a quarter of his age," he told Radio 4's Today programme.

I remember him mainly from the BBC Radio programme Just a Minute - here's a SLAYT (Single Link Audio YouTube) of an extract. He defined Lugubriousness.

  • One really remarkable thing is the way he managed to have about four different successful careers in one life - foodie, politician, game show mainstay, and children's author.