FACE TO FACE PROGRAMME
Visitors' book from the BBC's Face to Face series of television interviews with John Freeman, and other material
22 June 2022, 11:00 BSTLondon, Knightsbridge
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FACE TO FACE PROGRAMME
Visitors' book from the BBC's Face to Face series of television interviews with John Freeman, including the signatures of thirty-one guests, one on each page, including the bold signature of C.G. Jung (dated 26 June 1959, a particularly important interview made two years before his death), Evelyn Waugh (a subject of a notoriously awkward interview, here signing himself "E.A.St.J. Waugh"), John Reith (his signature subscribed "Late BBC and regrets he ever left it"), Otto Klemperer, Jomo Kenyatta, Tony Hancock (whose grilling is thought by some to have strengthened his suicidal tendencies), Gilbert Harding (who was, famously, reduced to tears), Adam Faith, Stirling Moss, Compton Mackenzie ("A very pleasant talkative half hour for me"), Danny Blanchflower (after famously refusing to take part in This is Your Life), Augustus John and others, prefaced by that of John Freeman himself ("To Hugh Burnett – whose idea it all was – way ahead of his time"), 49 album leaves, some loose, others excised, red cloth, some wear, 4to (292 x 238mm.); with gelatin silver prints of the Jung interview at Küsnacht (4), Cecil Beaton, Augustus John and Albert Finney; three items of correspondence including an undelivered typed memo from Hugh Burnett dated 20 February 1962 explaining the difficulties encountered on the last series (ending with the assurance "...the reports of personal difficulties and ill will between John and myself are quite unfounded and unjustified..."); with a copy of Jonathan Cape's book based on the programme and edited by Burnett, published in 1964, signed by the portraitist Feliks Topolski (small group)
Provenance: Hugh Burnett (1924-2011), producer of the ground-breaking BBC television interview series Face to Face which ran from 1959 to 1962.