DOCUMENTARY: Evidently… John Cooper Clarke
On: BBC 4
Date: Wednesday 30th May 2012
Time: 22:00 to 23:00 (1 hour long)
Documentary which records and celebrates the life and works of ‘punk poet’ John Cooper Clarke, looking at his life as a poet, a comedian, a recording artist and revealing how he has remained a significant influence on contemporary culture over four decades. With household names from comedy, music and cultural commentary paying homage, the film reveals Salford-born Cooper Clarke as a dynamic force who remains as relevant today as ever, as successive generations cite him as an influence on their lives, careers and styles. From Bill Bailey to Plan B, Steve Coogan to Kate Nash and Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner to cultural commentators such as Miranda Sawyer and Paul Morley, the film reveals the life behind one of Britain’s sharpest and most witty poets – a national treasure.
Nothing has ever come so close to killing me as John Cooper Clarke – his stand-up is phenomenal in its craft and his poetry is funny enough to leave me gasping for oxygen every time I watch him or go to see him. With the backcombed mop, emaciated physique, snappy suits, hangover shades and Salford accent, he’s definitely one of the coolest poets around, too, especially now that his aged visage makes him look like Keith Richards’ anorexic skull given crack up the snout to perform.
So I’ll definitely be watching this BBC documentary, but in the meantime: