The main programme- a live broadcast- was running late, so they gave us clips of Gielgud at the BBC- and what a rich archive it is; everything from wartime radio skits with Edith Evans to a 1980's Prospero.
Sweetest of all is his Mock Turtle in Jonathan Miller's Alice in Wonderland. Why hasn't Miller made more films? I reckon he could have been one of the greats.
Gielgud is my favourite actor. Sometimes I deplore the floweriness, the fruitiness- the fact that he always acts a man who's acting, but in spite of this (we all hate the thing we love) he's the only actor I'd go out of my way to watch- regardless of the quality of the play/film.
Dear Sir John.
The thing that made me really sit up was a snatch from a TV film I remember from my teens- The Mayfly and the Frog- with himself as a randy tycoon opposite a very young Felicity Kendall. I reckoned the Beeb would have wiped the tape (they wiped so much in the early years) but apparently not. I want to see it again. I want to see it all the way through. The BBC has a duty to issue it as a DVD.