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David Benedictus has been almost everywhere and done almost everything. In this irreverent memoir we get his tumultuous life at Eton, his weird job as a tutor to the Rothschilds, the world of BBC drama inthe great days of the Wednesday Play, filming in New York with Coppola, working in the explosion of fringe theatre in the sixties, assistant to Trevor Nunn at the RSC, commissioning editor making movies at Channel 4, and running the Book At Bedtime for BBC Radio. He interviewed Judy Garland, and attended an academic orgy in San Francisco. He chatted up the Rolling Stones, whom he had failed to recognise, and gave a party for Tom Jones's first golden disc. Paul McCartney came to his party and chatted up his auntie. He was a tour-guide in London, and the director of the first Amnesty Celebrity concerts.

He directed almost every actor of note, from Gielgud to the prickly Berkoff, from O'Toole to Ralph Fiennes, and his dog was responsible for Judi Dench getting married. He had his portrait painted by John Bratby, who mistakenly thought him 'one of the great thinkers of the 20th Century' and sat between Susan George and Olivia Newton-John at the cinema. This is a book with something to entertain and enrage just about everybody. Its final controversial chapter deals with the last two years during which he has been teaching drama to the posh girls at Putney High School.

“Dropping Names” the brand new autobiography: Contents

Staying Alive (Stone House 1946-1951)

Reading For Pleasure

Surviving The Cut (Eton 1946-1956)

Gilding The Lily (Oxford 1956-1959)

Waving The Flag (Iowa 1959-1960)

Falling On My Feet (Rothschilds 1961-1962)

Settling Scores (Writing A Best Seller 1961-1962)

Making Waves (BBC 1962-1965)

Shooting Movies (with Coppola in New York 1965)

Telling It Like It Is (Politics and Any Questions)

Flirting With Disaster (Theatrical Moments)

Campaigning (Amnesty International 1965 onwards)

Beavering Away (Sex in the Sixties)

Handing It On (Writer in Residence)

Putting It About (Bristol 1968-1969)

Reviewing The Situation (Journalism)

Having It Both Ways (Being Jewish)

Putting On A Show (with the RSC 1970)

Being Married (1971 onwards)

Tipping Winners (Uncle Ernie 1977 onwards)

Making Sweet Music (Producing for radio)

Strutting Their Stuff (Olivier and other Gods)

Breaking With Tradition (Channel Four 1984-1986)

Working The System (BBC 1989-1995)

En Passant (Chess)

Canvassing Opinions (Painters and Painting)

Acting Up A Storm (An acting career?)

Making Enemies

Sharing It (Teaching 2000 – onwards)

DROPPING NAMES

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