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The latest ODNB update has been released, of subjects who died in 2011. Details here.

Comments on the entries of interest to MCers, on their qualities as biographies rather than on their subjects would be useful.
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Interesting to see that they describe Jimmy Savile as a "disc jockey, broadcaster, and sexual predator".
We all have to eat a peck of dirt before we die.

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Simon Coward wrote:Interesting to see that they describe Jimmy Savile as a "disc jockey, broadcaster, and sexual predator".
A tautology,in some eyes.

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Unfortunately, Jimmy was only good at one of those three things, although he got away with all three.

Had I been the editor of this book, I might have gone the whole hog and described him as a serial child molester.

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He was highly successful as a charity fundraiser, and he ought to be given credit for his work.

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He was successful at raising money and publicity, but it was just a front for his sexual assaults. I really don't think he's due any credit there.

And as a broadcaster: dreadful!

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Ross wrote:He was successful at raising money and publicity, but it was just a front for his sexual assaults...
In which case, the money he raised ought to be handed back. You can't have it both ways.

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[align=justify]The ODNB May Update 2015 has been published today (please refer to the ODNB site: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).[/align]
[align=justify]There are several biographical entries of interest to MCers: Alan Clarke, Harry H. Corbett, John Elliot, Harry Worth and a lot of film-makers.[/align]
[align=justify]Comments on the ODNB entries as biographical notices would also be of interest. Comments about the subjects of those biographies would be better made under threads about them.[/align]
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In the Alan Clarke entry, this bit: "Only Scum (both versions), Made in Britain, The Firm, Billy the Kid and the Green Blaize Vampire, and Rita, Sue, and Bob Too are available to buy on DVD." His play for The Edwardians and his episode of The Gold Robbers are also available. And it should be Baize not Blaize. Otherwise, a good piece.

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A very quick commwnt having visited the website: Harold H Corbett???

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didi-5 wrote:A very quick commwnt having visited the website: Harold H Corbett???
The entry begins "Corbett, Harry [known as Harry H. Corbett] (1925–1982), actor" which seems fair enough.

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