A long shot about Kenneth Williams on BBC7

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I was listening to the tribute to Kenneth Williams on BBC7 about a week ago, and he did this great bit where he plays this guy sinking into madness and thinking he was the King of Spain. It was great - like a proto Blue Jam - and very sppoky and clever. However, I failed to catch the name of it or anything - does anyone know what it might be, and where I might be able to obtain it, and stuff?

Johnney B (Johnney B), Wednesday, 25 August 2004 08:17 (fifteen years ago) link

this may well have been from the 'Round The Home' series he did in the 60s.

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Wednesday, 25 August 2004 08:36 (fifteen years ago) link

i've got a BBC Radio Anniversary CD with some other material featuring Williams on it - I used some of it in a mix I did last year - not especially hilarious or anything but probably from the same show, will see if I can find it.

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Wednesday, 25 August 2004 08:38 (fifteen years ago) link

It wasn't particulary funny - it was scary and nasty, and not like Round the Horne at all. I think the announcer fella said it was from the early 70s - I don't think around the Horne carried on till then, did it?

xpost - that's cool stevem, see if there's anything hidden away there.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Wednesday, 25 August 2004 08:39 (fifteen years ago) link

the old 'r' and 'n' got me again - i though the title seemed strange

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Wednesday, 25 August 2004 08:43 (fifteen years ago) link


"Then again, anyone who heard Williams's 1963 recording of Gogol's Diary of a Madman would have known differently. A clip from this, one of the great sonic masterpieces in the history of audio - all echoes, swirling strings, and Williams howling his heart out, his voice in tune with the chaos - closed the first part of The Private World of Kenneth Williams, leaving us both awed and chilled."

koogs (koogs), Wednesday, 25 August 2004 08:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Why don't you email Radio 7? The BBC are often good at replying to queries like this.

Alba (Alba), Wednesday, 25 August 2004 08:49 (fifteen years ago) link

That looks like the one Koogs, thanks. It also looks like it hasn't been released and it's stuck in the BBC vaults somewhere - hmm, annoying.

The BBC need to let us get our hands on the archive - it's v. annoying.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Wednesday, 25 August 2004 08:54 (fifteen years ago) link

what day was it exactly? the listen-again thing goes back a week.


koogs (koogs), Wednesday, 25 August 2004 09:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, it was a good fortnight ago I would imagine. I looked on the listen-back page - didn't seem to be there. I'll keep my ear to the ground - maybe its floating around on PZP or something.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Wednesday, 25 August 2004 09:23 (fifteen years ago) link

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