Johnny Speight

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Johnny
Family name: 
Speight
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Interview Number: 
167
Interview Date(s): 
26 Nov 1990
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Duration (mins): 
120
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Biographical

Johnny Speight gives a forthright interview complete with some strong language and political views, as well as his views on "class" and how it showed itself in the workings particularly of the BBC. He covers his East End upbringing, and how he got into radio writing as well as TV and stage drama. There is a great story about his encounter with the tramp that inspired the Arthur Haynes character, and of course he talks extensively about Till Death Us Do Part and its successor, as well as overseas versions. Though interviewed in 1990 much of what he says resonates down the years including the hate mail which both he and Warren Mitchell were subjected to.