Talking About Lionel

"A long overdue tribute to a genius of British Theatre."

Eddie Mair tells the story of a sensitive, talented and troubled artist and talks to those who knew him intimately.
Programme Details

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.

Production Credits


Reasons to be Cheerful
Writers and entertainers rally against doom and gloom.
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
How music and rhymes help children learn to count.
A Short History of Five Notes
DJ Rita Ray traces the history of the 'clave’.
Hey Mr Salinger!
Joanna Smith Rakoff answered JD Salinger's fanmail.