Humphrey Lyttelton Day

R4 to broadcast tribute shows

Radio 4 is to dedicate a day of programming to Humphrey Lyttelton.

Shows will include a new tribute documentary, as well as repeats of both his Desert Island Discs episode and his programme about jazz, The King of the Swingers.

In addition, Stephen Fry will present a newly commissioned profile of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, with extracts of the best programmes.

The tributes will go out on June 15.

Meanwhile, speculation is rising about whether the ‘antidote to panel games’ will continue following Lyttelton’s death on Friday at the age of 86.

Although Humph’s lugubrious presence and dry wit defined the show he hosted since 1972, insiders suggest the show is likely to find a new host.

Panellist Graeme Garden told the BBC’s in-house paper Ariel: ‘On a personal note, I do want the show to go on and the fans do, too. It can never be the same, bit I’d like to think it still had legs.’

But he said it would be a mistake to ‘try to find a copy of Humph’.

Barry Cryer added: ‘A few years ago, he jokingly said that if he went under a bus, there should be no misplaced loyalty and the show should go on.’

Rob Brydon stood in for Lyttelton on the last live date of the I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue tour.

Published: 30 Apr 2008

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