Norman Lear
The TV and film producer talks about success and the social impact of his work.
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2010 10:42 GMT

Born in the US and raised in a Jewish family, television and film producer Norman Lear began working as a comedy writer over 50 years ago after serving in the US air force. 

Although he faced many early challenges in the industry, he went on to produce some of the most defining American sitcoms of the 1970s and 1980s, including All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, and The Jeffersons.

The social impact of his work by addressing issues such as religion, race relations, and family values were so profound that in 1999 Bill Clinton, the then US president, awarded him the National Medal of Arts and said: "Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it."

In addition to his success in media production, Lear is a dedicated advocate of education, constitutional rights, and youth empowerment.

Riz Khan talks to him about the inspiration behind his continuing work both in the media and with social causes.

This episode of One on One can be seen from Saturday, August 14, at the following times GMT: Saturday: 0030, 1630; Sunday: 0430, 2330; Monday: 0300, 1230.

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