Clive James: I watch box sets on deathbed

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 October 2015
Clive James

Clive James

Australian broadcaster Clive James who's suffering from leukemia says he can't stop watching box sets

Clive James is appalled at himself for spending the last months of his life watching box-sets.

The 75-year-old presenter - who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 - has confessed he's addicted to watching episode after episode of TV dramas despite having a long list of activities left on his bucket list.

He shared: "It still appalls me the amount of time I've spent watching moving images. Film and then TV, and now box sets. If you're a grown man, indeed more than a grown man, if you're a man who has grown old to the point of death and you're sitting there watching a box set of 'Game of Thrones', you're bound to ask yourself, 'What is life for? Why am I waiting for Sean Bean to get executed. What is going on here?'

"Well I suppose the Americans would call it the thrill of the story. I don't know what it is. It's rather fun to be in the same conversation as everyone else."

Despite his plans to write several books before he dies, James enjoys watching certain shows with his family as it gives them something to discuss.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, he said: "My family watch 'The West Wing' continuously, forever. Fairly soon, my daughter and I , who are the binge-watching shock troops of our family, will be sitting down to watch 'The West Wing' again and I think for our generation, Josh and Donna, it's like 'Romeo and Juliet'. It's a language of reference that everyone shares and I like being in it. I wouldn't be in it if I didn't find it enjoyable."

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