Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Humphrey Lyttleton RIP

From Wikipedia: "On 18 April 2008 Jon Naismith, the producer of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, announced the cancellation of the upcoming spring series of ISIHAC owing to Humphrey Lyttelton's hospitalisation to repair an aortic aneurysm. Rob Brydon was asked to deputise for Lyttelton during the tour shows. A further email on 21 April 2008 reported that the BBC were "unclear precisely how long Humph's recovery period will be" but Lyttelton was "otherwise fine and in very good spirits". Lyttelton died peacefully following his surgery on 25 April 2008 with his family around him."
An odd figure to pay tribute to on this blog, maybe, but Humph's deadpan presence at the head of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue was one of the most comforting to me on the radio, of a Sunday. It's particularly poignant, because the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth was apparently the venue he and the ISIHAC team were to record at when he was hospitalised. There's a nice tribute to him over at Marcello Carlin's The Blue In The Air. All else we can say is, he'll be missed.


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