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April 01, 2008

Kenneth Williams remembered

Two weeks away on the 14th April it will be the 20th anniversary of the untimely passing of the all-time master of JAM, Kenneth Williams.

Kenneth's death is being marked on Radio Four by a special part documentary. Narrated by JAM guest Rob Brydon, the documentary will focus on his personality and his sudden death. It's called The Pain Of Laughter - The Last Days Of Kenneth Williams and has been described this way by Radio Four commissioning editor Carolyn Raphael, "A fantastic absorbing and rather sad listen. Certainly the most honest and unsychophantic portrait of the man I've ever heard." I believe the Radio Times is going to have a special article on it. There's also a webpage set up for it - sadly blank at the moment!

The man who compiled the doco, Wes Butters is also writing a book on Kenneth, to be called Kenneth Williams Unseen (this is different from the book I mentioned a week or so ago). It's due for release in October.

He's still a cult! An enormous cult!

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Wes Butters?! Surely not the former presenter of BBC Radio 1's Official Chart Show?
Have just checked his website and it would appear to be true!

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