Monday, January 02, 2012

Keith Floyd's 'Last Ever' Interview For Sale On eBay

An unbroadcast video recording said to be the last ever interview with Keith Floyd has gone on sale on eBay.

The 15-minute tape is said to have been taken shortly before the TV chef’s death in September 2009, while he was visiting his friend Jean-Christophe Novelli at his £250 a day cooking academy at Crouchmoor Farm in Hertfordshire.

The seller Tony Eddison says he has the only copy in existence, and the footage has never been broadcast.

He told Chef Sandwich: "I filmed the interview as a favour to JC Novelli whom I was working with at the time. Floyd was due to collaborate in a cooking 'theatre' at JC's academy, but due to ill health this didn't come off. It was a huge buzz to meet my 'hero' in the flesh and chat with him like this."

So far, there have been 14 bids, with the current bid standing at £27. But with four days left until the auction closes, and Eddison claiming he had to relist the item on eBay following interest from overseas bidders, it’s likely the price will go much higher.

The scripted interview is said to contain Floyd’s views on British food, his thoughts on what it takes to be a chef, as well as some trademark anecdotes from the skewed bow tie-wearing rouĂ©.

“Floyd although visibly more tired than in his heyday keeps the twinkle in his eye and his zest for life is clear. The tape contains interview and out-takes and lead-ins and is the only master copy in existence, no other copies on any media exist. This interview was not broadcast,” the seller wrote on the item description.

Floyd’s former manager Stan Green, who has been appointed to look after the celebrity chef’s media and licensing rights for his two children Patrick and Poppy, was unavailable for comment.

(Pic: Stan Green Management)

But he may well be interested in the tape and its contents, especially as he’s producing a TV tribute to Floyd with Poppy (above) and her brother Patrick, himself a chef, later this year.

Poppy, an architect who lives in Hong Kong and a wannabe TV presenter, plans to visit the places visited by her late dad, recalling his adventures.

The tribute - provisionally titled Floyd On Floyd (what else?) - is said to have interest from a number of broadcasters. And, if all goes to plan, Poppy, 27, will follow in his footsteps and relive some of the best-known moments from the shows.

Anything to distract from that appalling, car crash TV documentary broadcast by Channel 4 on the night Floyd died.

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Blever said...

How I miss Keith Floyd!

OKBayBach said...

Hope it does him more justice than the CH4 one. Loved Floyd.

Joshua said...

Is there any update on either this interview or the Poppy documentary? Would be very interested in seeing both!