Monday, 27 March 2017
642 Clive James and the Calendar Girls
First viewed : 1980 / 81
This was broadcast on 15/10/83 but a bit of research proves it was first shown two or three years earlier and my own recollection is that I watched it at home rather than university.
In the documentary , Clive James followed royal photographer Patrick Lichfield to Kenya where he was shooting 5 models for the 1981 Unipart calendar ( nice work if you can get it ). There are two moments I particularly remember. One id the aristocrat muttering that he didn't like big boobs because they cast too much shadow.
The other is the shoot where they required a naked girl to sit cross-legged in front of a puff adder that had been thoughtfully frozen for the purpose. The crew were bothered that it looked too inert; the girl was understandably a little concerned about what might happen if it warmed up in the sun. I seem to recall that they didn't actually use the shot in the end.