Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Lloyd Robson and Robert Mitchum

In recent months Lloyd Robson has been beavering away on a new book about Hollywood tough guy Robert Mitchum. The project has involved him travelling around the United States in the footsteps of his favourite cinematic anti-hero.

From what I can gather the forthcoming book interweaves elements of biography with travelogue and examines notions of masculinity. Lloyd will also be investigating a much neglected aspect of Mitchum's career - his secret life as a poet.

This Sunday on BBC Radio 4 we get a sneak preview of what Lloyd has been up to in a programme entitled: Oh Dad! The Search for Robert Mitchum. Apparently during his American travels he meets up with, amongst others, Mitchum's grandson Bentley and film producer Stanley Rubin. Sounds excellent - so don't miss it!

Oh Dad! The Search for Robert Mitchum will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 24 June at 4.30pm. It will also be available online for one week afterwards at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4