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Summary

Twelve editions of the groundbreaking BBC Radio 4 interview series presented by Dr. Anthony Clare.

A master of incisive interrogation, Dr. Anthony Clare became renowned for In the Psychiatrist's Chair. From 1982 until 2001 he conducted in-depth interviews with prominent people from different walks of life, inviting them to answer penetrating questions about their lives and careers.

These 12 shows include his encounters with writer and performer Spike Milligan, playwright Peter Nichols, author Maya Angelou, political activist Bruce Kent, gynaecologist Wendy Savage, pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, film director Ken Russell, politician Edwina Currie, former Lord Chanceller Lord Hailsham, theatre director Peter Hall, author Barbara Cartland and journalist Jean Rook.

Often moving and always insightful, Clare's questions go to the very heart of his subjects as he encourages them to talk frankly about their deepest fears and innermost feelings - making for fascinating and compelling listening.

Duration: nine hours approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Limited (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Limited

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What an odious little man

There is only one good interview here - the one with Maya Angelou and that is entirely due to her charisma as a person and nothing to do with the nasty Anthony Clare who mercilessly hectors his female guests whilst all of his interminably dull male guests are taken at face value. I couldn’t even finish listening to his final “interview” - interrogation would be a better description! The only good thing about this is realising that women have it slightly better now than they did when this unpleasant man was considered worth listening to. Maya Angelou shines and only because the sheer weight of her personality renders Clare redundant.

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Interesting peek into some lives during the early 90s

I enjoyed this vintage bbc production though occasionally it felt a little dated - though this made it quite interesting! Enjoyed Spike Milligan and Maya Angelou was wonderful

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great

very interesting great insight into extraordinary individuals . Relaxing interview voice. very enjoyable audio book.

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Superb listening

You don't get quality like Anthony Clare any more - God rest his soul. This is top drawer listening for anyone interested in what makes us all tick. Clare is gently probing and unearths great insight and candour from his guests. A master of his craft, and a delight to listen to.

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Listened to this whist gardening.

I was drawn to this to hear Maya Angelou. Fascinating insight into different lives, different times.

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A guiding light, a gentle much missed soul

As a therapist this book provided me with feelings of insight, motivation, learning, joy and thankfulness for the life of this brilliant man. Thank you Dr Clare!

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A great interviewer

In these episodes Anthony Clare shows himself to be a perceptive and intelligent interviewer, and a good listener. He coaxes his subjects into revealing their inner selves with sensitivity, humour and understanding.

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enjoyed this insight into other peoples lives.

could have listened to more.
got thru it quick whilst convalescing.wishing the psychiatrist had probed deeper but theres only so much one will reveal when the worlds listening.

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Fascinating Listening...

Dr Anthony Clare's conversations with various public figures are an intriguing insight the individuals he interviews.
His professional skill in respectfully honing in on the essence of what makes these people 'tick' is akin to being in the audience at the theatre for a top notch dramatic play - the difference being it isn't fiction. Even if some of these celebrities are unknown to you, their stories will keep your interest.

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