Paddy on the South Bank Show – the last remaining feature

I often receive questions about Paddy’s appearance on the South Bank Show in 1989. There is a lot of material freely available these days, but this one remains elusive.

Today I put the question or challenge out to you all: how can we find a copy of this show so that we can all enjoy it (and legally!)?

It is Season 12, Episode 14, aired on the UK’s ITV network in 1989, and Melvyn Bragg was the host.

All suggestions very welcome.

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11 thoughts on “Paddy on the South Bank Show – the last remaining feature

  1. Rob MacGregor

    There is talk of Sky, who now broadcast the South Bank Show, re-showing old episodes of SBS according to its Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_South_Bank_Show). I don’t have Sky myself but it might be worth others keeping a look out, as you never know, Sky might show it to coincide with the publication of the Broken Road. One can hope!

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  2. David Barker

    I have a VHS video taken from the broadcast of Melvyn Bragg’s South Bank Show. Given its age, I think that it is quite good quality and it is complete. I mentioned this at Artemis Cooper’s Oxford talk, and talked to Tim Todd afterwards. Please do get in touch. Tim Todd has my phone number. Best wishes David Barker

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  3. Tim Todd

    Tom,
    I have a DVD with it on, from a VHS tape that was Paddy’s own copy as I recall and to me via a mutual friend whose identity you will be able to guess. It has lost some quality in the copying but is a lot better than nothing! I am not sure if it complete but I’ll check and try and get a copy to you. I will leave you to explore the legalities!

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    1. proverbs6to10 Post author

      Well I could not possibly comment but I guess personal use is OK. It would be nice to get this in the open. It may be possible that it finds its way onto You Tube one day.

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    2. Mike Kyle

      Hi Tim. Just picked up this link. I’m trying to get a copy of the South Bank Patrick Leigh Fermor interview (for my own personal use) – would you be able to do a copy for me ? I live in Oxford and will pay for postage and/or copy as required.
      Many Thanks in advance,
      Mike Kyle
      01865 736292

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        1. Mike Kyle

          Hi Tim. Thanks for the response. I will be away from home from Frid 29th to Grid 12Sept but either side of these dates I’d love to chat by phone. Regards, Mike

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        2. Mike Kyle

          Hi Tim. Thanks for the response. I will be away from home from Frid 29th to Frid 12Sept but either side of these dates I’d love to chat by phone. Regards, Mike

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          1. Nicola Mardas

            Hello
            I too live in Oxford and would adore to see a copy of this, in case I may borrow it for a viewing?
            Many thanks! 07971 226989
            Nicola

  4. Andy Bostock

    Hi Tom,
    I think I’ve mentioned before that I used to have this on VHS and can’t think that I would have thrown it away. We should be moving house later in the year so I will keep an eye out when I go through the ‘archives’ (piles of junk in the attic).

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