Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Victor Hervey, the fantasist Lord Bristol
The story of the criminal activities of the Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol, whose ancestor gave Bristol hotels their name, was told on Channel 4 on March 2, 2009, as part of their Toffs and Crims series. Titled 'The Real Pink Panther', it centred on his activities as a Mayfair jewel thief, gun-runner and fantasist, and it showed how he disgraced his title and dissipated the Bristol family fortunes. Last April, Hotel Bristol News reported on the release of police papers about his suspected activities, and researchers of the programme were assisted by a copy of High Times at the Hotel Bristol. The book documented these activities in Paris Hilton and Lady Victoria Hervey, a story from the book that can now be read on line.
In the film Hervey was played by Stephen Clarke, who is pictured here outside Ickworth House, the family estate that he squandered. Our Critic, Tim Arnold, writes: "Terrible actor! Silly man!!"
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