23 Dec 2011

"Down Your Way" 3. Adrian Hill


Down to "Laundry Cottages" in the shadow of Cowdray Ruins now to talk with the artist Adrian Hill. From 1958-1962 Adrian presented a BBC television programme called Sketch Club in which he demonstrated drawing skills. Children could send in their own drawings and (according to the show's  IMDb entry) Ronnie Wood was a regular contributor.

It is evident in this interview that Adrian and Brian Johnston were already acquainted, presumably from their BBC connection. Adrian talks about how he came to Midhurst when recovering from tuberculosis and how he introduced the concept of occupational therapy to the King Edward VII Sanatorium, a subject revisited in the later interview with John Boulton.

For his music Adrian chose the theme from Sketch Club, which was taken from The Sleeping Princess and played by the Finlandia Orchestra.

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