Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Alan Napier: More Than Batman’s Butler: Next on TVC

Author James Bigwood will join us on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, premiering Jan. 6-11 at the following times and venues:

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KSCO-AM 1080
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Sunday 1/10
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Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 1/10
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Monday 1/11
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Monday 1/11
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Besides leaving a permanent impression on American pop culture, the Batman television series (ABC, 1966-1968) introduced many young viewers ― not to mention a host of future film scholars ― to Alan Napier, the tall, distinguished British actor who played one of the most popular characters on the series, Alfred the butler. And though Batman brought Napier fame (and some fortune), it also ended up overshadowing a lifetime of work on stage, film and television that saw him work with the likes of Marlon Brando, Ingrid Bergman, John Wayne, Laurence Olivier, George Bernard Shaw, Paul Muni, Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock, James Whale, Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Orson Welles and John Houseman.

But Alan Napier also led a very full and somewhat bohemian life outside of acting. Among other things, he was a beachcomber, an avid volleyball player, and a prolific writer. In fact, Napier wrote an autobiography in 1969 that, unfortunately, remained unpublished until the fall of 2015, thanks to the efforts of his friend James Bigwood. A writer and producer who has worked on such films and TV series as Bob Roberts and Ugly Betty, Jim first met Alan Napier in 1975 and remained friends with him until Napier’s death in 1988. We’ll tell you how he came to publish Alan’s book ― as well as explore Napier’s life and career, during and after Batman ― when James Bigwood joins us in our second hour.

Jim’s book, Not Just Batman’s Butler: The Autobiography of Alan Napier, is a combination memoir, biography and filmography that is largely based on the manuscript that Alan Napier wrote himself in 1969. Not Just Batman’s Butler is available through McFarlandPub.com. You can also order it by calling (800) 253-2187.

Also on this week’s program: As January 12, 1966 marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Batman on ABC, we’ll look at the legacy of Batman on television as part of This Week in TV History. (Alan Napier’s birthday, by way, is January 7.)

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