Lionel Bart was at one time the wunderkind of British musical theatre who reached dazzling heights of fame in the early 1960s with Britain’s most successful post-war musical – Oliver! But, his tumultuous life went from triumph to disaster as he lost control of his fortune and his health seriously declined. When he died of drink inflicted liver cancer in 1999, he was in the sober process of returning to his creative roots.
Eddie Mair tells the story.
6th December 2008, BBC Radio 4.