Season 1
Leslie Phillips & Robin Gibb
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Leslie Phillips & Robin Gibb

This episode of Living the Dream brings together the … quintessentially English, comedic and character actor, Leslie Phillips with Robin Gibb, the music phenomenon – singer, songwriter and part of the one of the most successful bands in history, the Bee Gees.

Leslie Phillips – is the legendary British actor with an incomparable 75 years of performing. During his career Leslie has acted, directed and produced for the stage, television and film. Although he is still well known and well loved for his performances in some of the best-loved comedies of all time including the ‘Carry On’ films and ‘Doctor’ series, he has acted in a whole range of disciplines from playing Falstaff at the RSC to memorably bringing to life the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter franchise. He has become a Hollywood heavyweight with films such as Venus, and Empire of the Sun.

Although still labelled for portraying the lovable British cad epitomised by his catchphrases ‘Hello’ and ‘Ding Dong’ Leslie has suffered tragedies in his personal life. His first wife Penelope Bartley died in a fire, and more recently he had to deal with the death of his alcoholic wife, ex Bond Girl, Angela Scoular in tragic circumstances.

 

Robin Gibb – makes up one third of one of the most successful groups of all time – the Bee Gees. Known across the world for their distinctive sound and harmonies, they became living legends with the release of their soundtrack to ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ Along with his brothers the group have sold upwards of 100 million albums, cementing their status in pop history.

A phenomenal talent, Robin has contributed to writing songs for amongst others – Diana Ross, Beyonce, Dolly Parton and Barbara Streisand. He continues to embrace his musical talents and is currently writing the score for the ‘Titanic’ requiem which is being recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the titular ship. During the filming of Living the Dream Robin’s passion for the old English comedies enlivens the pair and before long he and Leslie are enjoying an amazingly intimate and revealing conversation.

 

Watch out for Leslie and Robin talking during the show about:

  • How Leslie, a young lad from the East End, is sent to the Italia Conti school, to try and make money for his mother and siblings after the tragic loss of his father.
  • How Robin and the rest of the Bee Gees were made to perform at gunpoint in Jakata, in a thunderstorm, risking being struck by lightning as opposed to being shot by the regime.
  • How Leslie feels the film he starred in with Michael Caine was ‘slaughtered’ in post production to become unrecognisable to what he had signed up for.