Colin Clark - My Week With Marilyn
BBC Radio4 Extra Debut
Weekdays from Monday 5th August - Friday 10th August 2012 ... 2.30pm
To mark the 50th anniversary of the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe BBC Radio4 Extra broadcasts a new programme on how Colin Clark became Marilyn Monroe's confidante during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl.
Forty years ago, Colin Clark, the son of art historian Kenneth Clark, accepted a job as a gofer on the set of Laurence Olivier's film The Prince and the Showgirl, which was to star Olivier and Marilyn Monroe.
By day, Clark satisfied the every whim of director Olivier and other crew members; by night, he chronicled the day's events in his diary, compiling a vivid and witty introduction to the craft and business of filmmaking. Now he is publishing the diary virtually intact.
It's a wickedly entertaining little book, a delicious backstage comedy of the clash of two worlds, as well as a candid time capsule of a heedless young Englishman's sexual progress, circa 1956.
The serialisation - My Week With Marilyn - is based upon Colin Clark’s fascinating and revealing book and private diaries - The Prince, The Showgirl and Me ... and is read by Samuel Barnett.
Sources: BBC Radio4 Extra Newsletter/Publishers Weekly/
Colin Clark - The Prince, The Showgirl and Me