The Doctor in the House
Famously, Jonathan Miller can turn his hand and astonishing brain to anything. Always entertaining, and invariably instructive, the redoubtable raconteur revealed his passions and betes noires to Mark Lawson.
Jonathan Miller shot to fame as a star in the ground-breaking 1960 satirical revue Beyond the Fringe, alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. His expertise and interests encompass many areas, from medicine (he was writer and presenter of the 1970s BBC series The Body in Question) to the history of art, Mozart, atheism and the nature of laughter. The New York Times said of him: \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"He knows more than a little about everything. He combines qualities that shouldn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t be contained in one person: he is both a performer and a thinker\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\". Miller was born into an intellectual milieu between Bloomsbury and Harley Street – the son of a novelist and a leading child psychiatrist. He trained as a doctor but then forged a career as a stellar comedian and a world-renowned theatre and opera director.
Mark Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. Specialising in culture and the arts, he is best known for presenting the flagship BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row between 1998 and 2014. He is also a Guardian columnist, and presents Mark Lawson Talks To… on BBC Four.