Journey to the heart of Oz

A stroke of fate led to Oz Clarke landing his first TV wine-tasting gig for the BBC and 35 years on, he is still passionate about wine culture – particularly when it comes to Australia

23rd July, 2017
Oz Clarke: ‘With wine, I wanted to democratise the whole thing’ Pic: Maura Hickey

Having been up on the big screen alongside Christopher Reeve’s Superman in his first film role, after a stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and having assumed the role of General Peron in Evita, very few would have picked out the next move for Oz Clarke.

The year was 1982, and Peter Bazalgette, the current ITV chairman, was producing a new show named Food & Drink for the BBC.

“Peter had a slot...

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