You can hear - in his own words - the beliefs and aspirations which shaped him in a fascinating collection of archive interviews with the celebrated writer, presenter and polymath. The archive covers his upbringing, a time when Stephen acknowledges he was a rebellious schoolboy and behaved outrageously to survive school. He talks about Oscar Wilde and his early love of the language. He also recalls his discovery of classic radio comedy and his meeting at Cambridge with Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie. Stephen is extraordinarily honest about some of his personal experiences, including imprisonment for credit card fraud, making his sexuality public, and dealing with public criticism. Stephen also comments about fame, addictions, being tough on himself and wanting people to laugh. BBC Archive Voices: The icons of our time shine light.