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system. That report from Hayden

Cooper. In recent years the British comedian Hugh Laurie

has become a huge success in

America in his role as the

curmudgeonly Dr House. Funnily

enough the show has never

become a hit in his home

country and his former comic

partner, Stephen Fry, once said

he's sometimes asked in the UK

whatever became of that Laurie bloke in fry and law re. turned his hand to a new challenge releasing a blues album called "Let Them album called "Let Them Talk"on

which he plays piano and guitar

and also sings. Hugh Laurie joined me joined me earlier from London. Thank you very much for

joining us. Good to be here.

Thank you. You're an award

winning actor, comedian accomplished musician, a champion

champion rower, a writer a

director, the face of L'Oreal,

an OBE. Please you can tell me

that are a bad at cooking or

pathologically untidy so I can

feel better about myself. I cook like an angle. No I can't

cook at all. I don't recognise

the person you just described.

That sounds like a list of

things that I - I'm a Jack of

all trade is what I am, a jack of all trades. I think that's

a respectable thing to aim for.

We can't Danny Allsop be David

Beckenham. Sometimes David Beckenham can be David Beck

ma'am. When you and Stephen Fry

were younger you were asked who

career you would like to

emulate. Fry said Alan benefit and

clipt Eastwood with a dash of

Mick Jagger. I was wondering

with the CD you've released if

that's the dash of Mick Jagger finally coming in? finally coming in? No that's

the puter use of no. I sing

like Peter and I play the

piano. Clint weeft wood does

play the piano and plays very

well. It seems to me I was cheat ing inmy answer. The

point was to pick on one person

and I was trying to get three

people in one. I don't think

the Mick Jagger thing was incorrect. I don't think I

really had the sort

think I could pull that off. I

have great admiration for

people who want to be the front

of the stage and cavorting. It

is not my thing. Where did the

love of the blues come from? It

is such a magical inapplicable

is such a magical inapplicable thing that I think it is

probably better not to try to

analyse it too much. I just

know that the very first blues

song I heard it was as if a big

hand had come out of the radio

and grabbed me by the throat

and it hasn't let go. (Sings)

# Sometimes I think my

baby's... Sometimes I think she

should be buried alive.

you don't know, you don't know

my past Clive James once wrote about the difficulty of

escaping, as he put t the

shackles of reputation, that

once you're a public figure and

people see you a particular way

it is hard to break out of that and do something different.

You seem throughout your career

to be able to transgress How do you think that is? My

secret was never to do

secret was never to do anything

so well that you got trapped in

it. I felt when I was starting

out as a comedian or as an

actor, you know, I looked

around and I could see

obviously that Kenneth Brannagh

was standing up there and doing Shakespeare incredibly well. I

was never able to do outdo him

in that. That was my

in that. That was my secret.

My secret was to hover just underneath that

underneath that level and never

excel to spectacularly in any

one area. That's my secret.

I'm giving it away. That was

my strategy. Everyone ill be

trying to do it now. Right. Yes? Yes. I

Yes? Yes. I recently finished

fry frae's memoir and he writes

when you were starting out. One of the things that's clear

the BBC and again you guys an incredible opportunity where get on board and strael what you like for

us. If you were starting out

in it. V today that you would

be given that leeway? . No.

Absolutely not. We were

incredibly lucky to arrive when

we did on the scene. It really

was a scene actually, if ever

there was, it was about timing.

So much of life is about

timing. Therefore, I mean is good fortune. We

were incredibly lucky and we'd never have a chance like that

now. I think it would be

completely different story now.

Or arse is Or arse is mine miss ter.

The day you joined this army

you signed your arse over to

me. I get it sir. Maybe you

can give him a piece of my arse

as a say of saving your arse. Shut your arse. Sir. Lob

likes a smart changed about the TV industry

now that people aren't given

that sort of freedom, I

suppose? I think that the

audience has so fragmented now.

When we were doing PG Woodhouse stories, Jeeves and Wooster,

for example, we would have 10

million people would watch the show and that wasn't even

considered an especially

gigantic hit. It was successful but Now if you can get two million

people to watch a show you're

enormous. The audience is so fragment the therefore there

isn't as much money to devote

to particular things. People

don't feel the inclination to sperpt in

sperpt in quite the same way.

They don't have the opportunity

to experiment. For that

reason, we were just so lucky

at that particular time. Are

you given much leeway in the

production of House to experiment experiment at all? Do you improvise much on air for

example? Yes, it's all me

really. They just come up with

a piece of paper and say

patients ill and I take it from

there. No, I don't... So there. No, I don't... So many

medical terms off the top of

your head you throw out. A lot

of them are made up actually.

A jumble of Latin and Greek

sill bumps. No, the script are

pretty much syllable perfect.

I'm not just saying that. They

take weeks if not months over these scripts and every time I

suggest it is like a chess

game, what about if we move the

knight, no we tried that if you move the knight there the

bishop takes, you

right. Every time I suggest

what about this line or this

joke or this idea? They say

then we tried that and it

affects something else and you

can't... We can't do it. I'm

more than content. Although I

can't read music, can I read

words and I sight read House. There's There's no very little improvisesation. I go where I

pointed. It makes me sound

like an I had why the I had

idiot. Your first case was an

interesting one. Won't go away. Complaining of back

spasms. I red about something

like that. Orange. The the

colour? No, Americans take yourselfden

indication, at face value or do

they get it? No, Americans it

must be said don't quite

understand the English fetish

for selfdenden indication. And

quite rightly. They're baffled

by it. You have to keep it in

check. You can see them very

rapidly lose interest. If you

don't think you're worth

talking to, then they don't

either. They don't find it

charming. Nor should they.

Now look at that. I'm being

self-deprecating about selfden

indication. That's crazy. Hugh Laurie thanks so much for

taking time to speak to us