Vivien Leigh. September 2017.

Dear Rowley, I recall many years ago filming a documentary about Vivien Leigh for Channel 4 in which I commented that her life and her art on screen were in total harmony: from the skittish, delicious, courageous minx Scarlett O’Hara … Continue reading

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The Crown. November 2016.

Dear Rowley, Having devoured the first six episodes of Netflix epic The Crown,¬†telling the story of The Queen’s accession to the throne, it is patently clear where ¬£100 million was spent on the production. I wonder whether re-staging the marriage … Continue reading

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Costume Drama. December 2013.

Dear Rowley, Heading back to London after a really rather lovely sojourn in Derbyshire for Christmas and pondering how heroic parents of young children are. We’ve got a dad travelling on his own with two very young daughters sharing my … Continue reading

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Abdications etc. February 2013.

Dear Rowley, Long time no write. Let me guess, you thought I was at the Davos Summit tearing a slice of Sloppy Giuseppe with Messers Cameron, Osborne and Johnson. The Davos World Economic Forum, that Alpine January jolly for the … Continue reading

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Blue Skies Red Curtains. October 2012.

Dear Rowley, Plans are now afoot for the various book launches for The Perfect Gentleman. I popped into Thames & Hudson yesterday to have a chat with the lovely Rowena about a date for the London launch. I think there’s … Continue reading

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