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 Anonymous
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On page 65 of "Borough Satyr" Ithell Colquhoun mentions "a radio talk on his magical ideas" that he was soon to give. Was this talk ever done? Was it recorded? Has anyone here ever heard it? Where can I find it?


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christibrany
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Dear noxious
As far as mentioned in Zos Speaks! Zos had an interview with the BBC on the radio circa 1955. The BBC kept wanting him to change the content and talk about war time things like Hitler, but he didn't want to. He considered the programme a 'wash-out' because they asked daft questions and it was too short. Apparantly they edited most of his interview before putting it on the air so it was only a bunch of bland 'assertions' and not much else besides other 'halfwits' as he puts it. The broadcast was Monday 18 April 1955.
Hope that helps. But from the sound of it it may not be worth searching for.


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 Anonymous
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Thanks Chris! I really need to buy Zos Speaks! It a shame that it was edited. I still would like to find it just to hear Zos speak!


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einDoppelganger
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I agree NOX, I'd love to hear his voice. I assume someone has made an effort to track this down? Anyone in the UK want to have a go looking in the BBC archives?

S


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James
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I'm pretty certain Phil Baker tried and failed to find it when researching his forthcoming biography of AOS.


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 Anonymous
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Several people have worked on this as far as I know, including Phil Baker, and Chris Chibnell, at both the BBC and National Sound Archive. There is no trace of a recording, which is understandable as audio tape in those days was routinely re-used. This policy continued - for instance, the BBC wiped most of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's series, and when the time came for a nostalgic re-transmission, had to buy in episodes that they had previously sold to TV companies in Australia and other far-flung parts.

I keep hoping that a mock-up of Spare's interview will appear on Youtube; not so spoofy as to be an obvious fake, but not so "produced" as to be completely convincing. Something that will foster heated debate and test the skills of amateur audio-analysts to the limit. Come on people - it's got to be done...

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 Anonymous
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I did indeed attempt to track this down a few years ago. The B.B.C. have a full script of the programme, which even includes a code number for the (very short) Spare clip- presumably it was extracted from a longer recorded interview with Spare, which it would be even better to find. However, the National Sound archive do not have copies of the programme, the interview, or Haydn Mackey's obituary programme that he made upon Spare's death. The programme, entitled "Bizarre Beliefs", was the very first of a pioneering documentary series called "People Talking", by the broadcaster Denis Mitchell. Three of of five programmes still exist- but unfortunately not the first! Mitchell soon went on to do a television programme called "Children Talking", of which I have seen extracts in another context. I abandoned the trail when it seemed to have gone cold, but there is one remote possibilty that I did not take up, though someone else might want to give it a "pop". Given that it was young Dennis's first ever documentary programme, and that it turned out to be so significant in the history of broadcasting, could it be possible that the Mitchell family themselves might have kept a copy? Someone could have a go at contacting them...


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