Samantha has left the building

And so it’s farewell to Humph. Legendary jazzman, socialist, Etonian, comic genius and all-round good guy.

And not least, the man who proved that an avuncular old codger could tell the filthiest jokes before the watershed, and the Radio 4 audience would love him for it. As long as he told them really well, which Humph always did.

I hear that I’m Sorry… will not carry on without its irreplaceable chairman, and that’s as it should be. On the other hand, it will be repeated forever, and that’s also as it should be. Selah.

And next on Louis Balfour’s Jazz Club, it’s the Lennon Sisters with “Mr Clarinet Man”. Nice…


  1. Justin said,

    April 30, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    My wife and I saw him with the other men from Clue (Jack Dee guesting) in Belfast Opera House a few years ago. We laughed till we cried and we weren’t alone. Hurrah for Radio 7 and its endless repeats!!

  2. D_D said,

    May 8, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Humph was a socialist as well! Didn’t think my affection for him could get any higher.

    So, my two favourite radio progarammes end (effectively!!) with the death of their long-active hosts: 1. ‘Loose Ends’ with the death of Ned Sherrin, and 2. ‘I’m sorry, I haven’t a clue’ with the death of Humphry Lyttleton. (OK, ‘Loose Ends’ is still on, but it’s not the same, is it? At all.) Good job it’s a good year besides.

    Not many people know that: the riff to the Beatles’ ‘Lady Madonna’ was lifted from Humph’s ‘Bad Penny Blues’ (do I have that title correct?).

    I want to be Humphry Littleton when I grow up.

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