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23/01/2017

Investigating child abuse allegations made by former West Country footballers about a trusted football coach. And how Bristol saved Kenny Everett's career.


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You just felt as though you had to go along with what he said to get

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Should we bother saving a half finished painting?

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And who threw Kenny Everett a lifeline when his

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Tomorrow I have got to go and do a press reception

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Police forces across the country have been investigating allegations

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A number of top clubs had been named, including Southampton,

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whose youth development coach also ran a football academy

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Jeff Twentyman and has been speaking to some former players scarred

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by their experience of training under Bob Higgins.

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I have been involved in football all my life.

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As a schoolboy I played for Liverpool reserves.

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As an adult I played for Bristol Rovers for seven years.

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In my time playing the game I never experienced anything untoward.

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But an increasing number of men who as boys were coached

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by Bob Higgins in an academy near Bath say they did.

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We have heard of naked, soapy massages.

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They would massage your groins, all in your groin area.

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There was the odd touch on your private parts,

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your genitals, and it wasn't uncommon for a young lad to be sat

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Driving along, and he got my head and put my head down on his lap.

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And do you know what, I can actually still smell the urine

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So how could this have happened in the sport that I love so much?

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In the 1980s, Bob Higgins was the youth development officer

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He brought on future England stars Matt Le Tissier and Alan Shearer.

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He also ran the Bob Higgins soccer Academy, which had a training centre

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He coached young boys between the ages of 12 and 16 here.

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It is now the site of Bath Spa University.

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Jason Upshaw from Street in Somerset trained at the Academy here every

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It is his first time back and it is a bit raw.

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How does it feel, then, Jason, back here this morning and there

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Meant to be an enjoyable time for you, but it is not.

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It happened all those years ago, but obviously it has still got

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Yeah, I think you try and bottle it up.

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Jason was often invited to stay over the night at Higgins's

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house in Southampton, along with other lads before

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I was asked to go down to his house in terms of, this

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was developing for homesickness, you know, for when we become

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Because I never did that, there was times and occasions that

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Basically I had to go through another coach for stuff.

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What, he didn't speak to you for six months?

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Jason travelled to Sweden with Southampton's youth team to compete

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He says he was ordered to take part in soap and water massages there.

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We were told, naked, get your towels, go up.

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One of your fellow would do one leg, and one of your fellow...

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Yeah, team-mates, would do the other.

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He followed me down and said this is about team-building,

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He really forcefully told me to get back up there and do it.

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Someone else who was on that tour is Nick Good from Yate.

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He was destined to be a football star from a very early age.

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Even at the age of 11, he has competed in tournaments in France,

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30 years later, and he has agreed to meet me near his home.

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Like Jason, Nick also experienced soap and water massages.

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And I have heard there was the odd, sort of,

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touch on your private parts, your genitals.

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It wasn't uncommon for young lads to be sat there with erections.

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It was deemed acceptable and a bit of fun.

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Unlike Jason, Nick was part of the inner circle and often stayed

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When I first went down there, went into the front room, Bob was there.

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The really bizarre thing, he has got two young boys

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He has got one lead across his front and the other one sort

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Again, my age, 12, 13 at the time, just accepted that for being

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that is what you do, sort of thing, and I went and sat

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down on the floor and sort of just cuddled into his legs,

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He did ask me to sit on his lap, which, it is not normal,

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Another former academy player is Dean Radford.

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His schoolboy dream was to play for Southampton football club,

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He has brought me to Hanham in Bristol, where it all began for him.

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And there is your own, like, personal football pitch.

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And that is where all the dreams and aspirations of being

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a footballer playing for Southampton, your

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I think they even used to call it the Dell.

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I used to come out and have my own little crowd in my head.

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That dream did come true when he made it into Southampton's

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first-team, coming up through the ranks with Alan Shearer,

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There is no suggestion that Alan Shearer was

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Bob Higgins, the man in charge of all of this at that age,

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He was the guy that made the decision whether I would become

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You had to go along with what he said to get

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At the time they don't realise there is an inner circle.

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All you want to be is one of Bob's favourite.

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You could call it a favourite, one of his favourites.

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If you were out of favour with him because he hadn't said the right

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thing to him or maybe I had declined staying at his house that weekend,

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He would grunt at you and not be affectionate towards

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So he would build you up to make you feel the most

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special thing, and then that is when the control started.

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I remember one day, driving along and he got my head and put my head

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down in his lap for an hour and a half, drove

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It sounds gross, but I can actually still smell urine

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A graphic thing to say, but it is just disgusting.

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Soapy massages, just tell me about your experience

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At the time you don't question it, and it is embarrassing to say this,

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but he manipulated me so much that he would be gutted

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if he spent 30 seconds longer on the player in front of you,

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because you felt he doesn't love me as much as what he

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Dean's most harrowing experience happened after he bruised his lower

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He said I am going to massage the bruise.

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He pulled my shorts and pants down and he basically got his fingers

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And that went on for about 30 seconds, half a minute.

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He then got up, didn't say a word, washed his hands and said,

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just said to me then, "That should sort it for you.

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Did you ever seek help from anyone on this?

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Because I was so afraid that I would come out of the,

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you just called it inner circle, but that is what it is.

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I wanted to be part of what I needed to do...

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Dean's case against Higgins went to court in 1991,

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but the trial collapsed because of a lack of evidence.

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We approached Bob Higgins for comment, but he hasn't responded.

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In the past he has always denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

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Bob Higgins left Southampton football club in 1989 under a cloud.

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The reason he left is not entirely clear.

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But he went on to coach other teams around the country right up

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The lads I have met, the men I have met, their lives

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so profoundly affected in such a bad way from the great

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The other thing that I find really difficult is that no one challenged

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Bob Higgins and said to him, what you are doing

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Jason, Nick and Dean have all reported their allegations

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Nationally over 1000 allegations of historic abuse in football have

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It is clear that what Bob Higgins is alleged to have done may be part

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A problem we are only just starting to tackle.

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If you have been affected by any issues in this film,

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there is a BBC Action Line you can contact.

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The National that but the painting is Portrait Gallery in London

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wants to buy a painting by a Bristol born artist.

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Nothing unusual in that, but the painting is unfinished,

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there are dozens of portraits of the same person and they want

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If you like a nice portrait, you will love

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They have got thousands of pictures of the great and the good.

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This is a portrait of the Duke of Wellington.

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It is over 180 years old, just one of dozens painted of the Duke,

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and the gallery wants to buy it for ?1.3 million.

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So why does the National Portrait Gallery want to raise all that money

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for another portrait of another dead white guy?

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We do not, in the collection as it currently stands,

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have a portrait that can do Wellington justice, and he is one

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of the most major heroes and historical figures

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The painting is owned by an anonymous collector

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and it is only on loan until the end of March.

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To keep it forever the gallery is asking the public

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It was painted by one of the greatest artists of the age,

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Today Bristol is probably better known for street artists

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But this is where Sir Thomas Lawrence was born

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His father ran a pub, but the business failed.

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So he tried again in divisors, running this in catering

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for the travelling between London and Bath.

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It turned out that Thomas Lawrence was a child genius.

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He painted portraits of the paying guests who flocked

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Which was fortunate, because this business also failed.

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The family then followed the money to Bath, where from the age of ten

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Lawrence supported them by selling his portraits.

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So just how good was this child prodigy?

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To find out I am having my portrait drawn by Bill, who teaches

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So, Lawrence's portraits when he was 14, what are your views on those?

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They are incredible for a 14-year-old, aren't they?

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I would guess he had a wig at home which he copied,

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because I don't think a sitter could have stayed there long enough

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I think he has taken them home and polished them and worked on them

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and he was well tuned in to the standard ideals

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So it is almost like he Photoshopped them in the 18th century?

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If you can bring out their individuality and their quirks

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and still please them, that is the idea, isn't it,

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But if you're not being commissioned, you can

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Lawrence's teenage line drawings belonged to Bath's Holborn Museum.

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They own another unfinished oil painting, done when he was 22.

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Last year the Museum raised ?400,000 to buy it.

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We were actually looking quite actively for a portrait by Lawrence,

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and when we saw this one we realised this was the one.

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It is a preliminary study for the finished work,

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so this is just getting the likeness of the sitter.

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And it is quite rare, because we rarely see oil

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He loved drawing, he collected drawings as well.

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But oil sketches that have a finished companion are quite rare.

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While in Bath, he first painted the famous actress Sarah Siddons,

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a meeting which led to a complicated and rather scandalous relationship

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with her two daughters, starting with Sally.

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How did his love life transpire through his life?

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He was in love with Sally, but he wasn't in a financial

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So understandably Sarah Siddons and her husband weren't going

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Later he decided he preferred her much more beautiful

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younger sister Maria, who sadly was dying of consumption.

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I don't think she was a very good patient, and she was petulant

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And her elder sister suddenly became much more attractive again,

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so Lawrence fell in love with the older sister

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But on her deathbed Maria made Sally promised she would

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Whether or not she felt bound by that promise, I don't know,

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In fact Lawrence never married at all, and poor Sally followed

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after her sister and only five years later she died in 1803.

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While his love life unravelled, Thomas Lawrence moved

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to London to study painting at the Royal Academy,

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becoming its president in 1820 at the age of 51.

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This flattering and polished style made him one of the most important

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He became the Prince Regent's go to image maker, always portraying

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Time for the slightly nerve wracking reveal of Bill's work.

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That was a unique experience for me, but back then of course it was how

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Lawrence always understood the importance of being expensive.

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So, you know, it is like a courtier now.

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You know, a fashion designer, you go and have an individual

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relationship and get the portrait that you and the artist sort of make

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But it would be reassuringly expensive.

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Not only was the Duke of Wellington a hugely important military figure,

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Lawrence's painting shows him in his later years when he

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Sadly Lawrence died before he could finish it.

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This unfinished moment, this moment sort of frozen in time,

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I think gives us the opportunity to engage with Wellington in a way

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that I think is less easy when you have a completely

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watertight finished historical portrait in front of you.

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?1.3 million as a lot of money for a piece of art.

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This work will be an incredibly well priced Lawrence,

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and it will sit on the walls of the gallery on permanent display

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in perpetuity to represent the achievements that Wellington

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and Lawrence both made to the history of British life and culture.

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To me, you can't actually put a price tag on that.

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Even if they raise the cash, there is no plan to bring

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the picture to Bristol, so perhaps we will just

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Kenny Everett was a legend in the world of broadcasting,

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but in 1970 he was sacked from Radio 1.

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He hit rock bottom, and his career seemed to be over.

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Until he was thrown an unlikely lifeline.

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Yes, friends it's your very own Ken back on the BBC.

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Suddenly, a barrage of red tape came...

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It was an amazing coup at the time, but it wasn't altogether popular

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with the senior management of the BBC.

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Somebody like Ken was like a mad little imp causing great joy

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for the listeners and not a little worry for the men in suits.

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Kenny Everett was in the original line-up of DJs when Radio

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Then three years later he was sacked.

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A joke about the Transport Minister's wife was the last straw.

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Because the BBC, the Beeb, it was his idea of heaven.

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I think he would have liked to have been dead.

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He was so devastated, he was just on the floor.

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I was always good at picking him up, because he was quite,

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he was oversensitive anyway, but that was the worst thing that

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The following year here at the BBC in Bristol,

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the youngest local radio manager in the country was grappling

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How do you attract a bigger audience to a fledgling radio station?

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But he wanted to take four weeks off to go on holiday.

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I wasn't sure what to do, and then I suddenly thought,

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So I thought, let's have a go, so I rang him up.

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Was it a bit of a risky role of the dice taking on Kenny Everett?

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When you are 26 you don't think too deeply about such things.

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I just saw an opportunity to indulge in a nice piece of public relations

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with a performer who had been sacked by the BBC and was

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The news soon reached the corridors of power

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And David picked up the phone to hear the stern voice of the BBC's

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managing director of radio, Ian Trethowan.

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He said, "We have a file and it says on the file that he must not be

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taken on by anybody in the BBC without reference upwards.

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So I said, "Well, I didn't even know it was there."

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So what are you going to do about it?"

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He said, "If this goes wrong, be it on your own head."

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We had a young lady on our staff at Radio Bristol, who was a toughie.

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I was confident that she could say no to anybody, certainly

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to Kenny Everett, if he were to go off the rails.

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I remembered this terrible moment, David looked around at these

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aghast people and said, "Kate, you're the producer..."

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Although David's BBC career was already on the line,

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he invited the national papers and a TV crew to announce

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Tomorrow I have got to go and do a press reception

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They are putting me on Radio Bristol.

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Don't you think that you have been in some way browbeaten into coming

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back because this is the only outlet of radio in this country?

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No, I don't feel strange about my dismissal.

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I have never been in The Daily Mirror more in my life.

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No, I look upon Radio Bristol as a cuddly little radio station

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Now, from our newsroom, dear Ken, please come back to Radio 1.

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If you don't come back, I know I will have to do

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Like running into Woolworths and shouting, Marks and Spencers!

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So please come back, yours faithfully, Kenny Everett.

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He used to put in the most enormous amount of preparation

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And I had said to him, I am your producer.

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I lived off it for years saying I was Kenny Everett's producer.

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After nearly half a century, David is meeting up again

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Kenny and Lee were married for over ten years and lived

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Where Kenny would spend hours in his home recording studio making

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jingles and other creations for his radio shows.

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Which disc jockey would be complete without a music room?

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# I look high, I look, I looked everywhere I go...#

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They really warned him so many times, they said, you can't do that.

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I went to see the director-general the other day.

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I have often wondered, after 46 years, what happened

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I said, how do you fancy a few shows on BBC Radio Bristol?

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I think he was a bit shocked that he could be hired

:26:03.:26:07.

We had just got our first mortgage, so we were really in it up to there,

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and so you saved our life in a funny way.

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They had realised that she could syndicate the programmes

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and sell them to other BBC local radio stations.

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In the end we were just posting them out, you know,

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He used everything in my kitchen for sound effects.

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I had heard things in my studio and it was my tea towels.

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In the end I started locking things up.

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I should have locked him up actually, I would

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Eventually the couple split up and Kenny came out as gay,

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but they remained good friends and Kenny was best man

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at Lee's wedding to actor John Alkin from the Sweeney.

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All it takes is for a radio Bristol to take a little twiddly bit

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on their transmitter and you can get it in stereo.

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Mind you, you would have to walk about with two radios.

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Ken was clearly both wild and mad and sparky,

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You heard little edited bits of tape, bits of music,

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including classical music, what he used to call

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And he would meld them into this extraordinary

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continuous stream of fun, music, jokes, quirky remarks.

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Kenny went on to an enormous national success.

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In 1995 he died of an HIV-related illness.

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As for David, he went on to be a senior manager in the BBC.

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I am still very proud of my contact with Kenny Everett,

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and I still love the clips that come up on the television and the little

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The clearer rockers and the Rod Stewart sketch.

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It was all in the best possible taste!

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Don't forget there is more on Facebook and Twitter,

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Donald Trump met businesses

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and said he'll cut taxes and slash red tape,

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as long as they don't move jobs abroad.

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That's the message after nearly 8,000 drivers were caught

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in just one week during a police crackdown.

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Brothers Erwin and Krystian Markowski illegally

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recruited Poles to work at Sports Direct.

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But they threatened them, and kept most of their wages.

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A fond farewell to 'Allo 'Allo star Gordon Kaye

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He played cafe owner Renee in the series in the 1980s.

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We investigate allegations made by former footballers from the West Country who claim they were abused by a trusted football coach when they were children. We explore why the public is being asked to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to buy a half-finished portrait. And Seb Choudhury discovers how Bristol saved comic genius Kenny Everett's career.