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Z Magazine

Radio 1
1996 (four programmes)

Richard Easter appears to have been the main figure behind these hour-long shows, which featured contributions from numerous other writers and performers.  Like The Knowledge a couple of years earlier, the series targetted pop music and pop culture, disguising itself as a music magazine (the Z, incidentally, was pronounced “zee”), and including features which would not have been unwelcome on the more sarcastic pages of its real-life print equivalents.  Some of the material was poor, but there were also some sublimely funny sketches (including a spurious interview with an extremely confused Syd Barrett, who appeared to be under the impression he had spent most of his life as a painter and decorator).  The series also noticeably had it in for Bristol.

© JB Sumner 1998