In Confidence: Christopher Hitchens
Tuesday, 8.30pm, Studio I’ve written about In Confidence before, so let’s bypass the shortcomings of interviewer Laurie Taylor and director John HaywardWarburton, and focus instead on the rather brilliant subject. Christopher Hitchens, who died from complications of oesophageal cancer in December last year, was a freethinking radical, a famously anti-religious contrarian and a provocative political analyst. A respected public intellectual, Hitchens was the author of 12 books and five collections of essays. A sixth, Mortality, was released just this month. ‘‘ My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, anytime. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line and kiss my ass,’’ he once said.