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Book: Ivor Cutler

Chapter: A Life on Screen

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44062


Ivor first appeared on television in the late 1950s, then made occasional appearances on TV throughout his life. Although he never became a regular performer on the small screen, he made appearances on chat shows and light entertainment series, starred in a documentary about “English” eccentrics and joined peak-time light chat show star Russell Harty for a Christmas special. On the big screen, he joined fellow poets and playwright Harold Pinter in Poets Against the Bomb. In 1998 he made what was possibly his oddest appearance, as interviewer and interviewee on Scottish Television’s Don’t Look Down. His final concert, in 2004, was filmed by the BBC and broadcast as Cutler’s Last Stand.

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