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Clive James' future 'much less doom-laden than BBC interview sounds'

Clive James's spokeswoman has released a statement saying that he is in reasonable shape and looking forward to years of working.

The statement said:

On air today the interview which Clive James gave to the BBC sounded much less doom-laden than it does when transcribed.

Clive is in fact in reasonable shape and is looking forward to years of working, writing his books and his column for the Telegraph.

Clive James: 'I'm getting near the end'

Clive James says he is "getting near the end" of his life
Clive James says he is "getting near the end" of his life Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Listen to a clip of Clive James speaking to BBC Radio 4 about his terminal illness here. The Aussie broadcaster told the programme, "I'm getting near the end. I don't want to cast an air of doom over the programme, but I am a man reaching his terminus."

'Meeting Myself Coming Back' will be broadcast on Saturday 23rd June at 20.00pm on BBC Radio 4.

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Clive James, 'a twinkly eyed man'

Famous faces and fans alike have been tweeting their support and admiration for Clive James, following the veteran broadcaster's revelation that he is losing his battle with cancer.

Comedian Julian Clary described the 72-year-old as a 'twinkly eyed man'.

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Time to tell Clive James how very loved he is. A brilliant, funny, twinkly eyed man.

Twitter support for terminally ill Clive james

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I was lucky enough to interview Clive James just after I had my first baby. He gave me the best parenting advice ever...

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..."You can't get it right, you can only get it done." Such a lovely man.

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