I was very sorry to hear about the death of comedian Linda Smith today. Working predominately on radio, she was a breath of fresh air on programmes such as The News Quiz and Just A Minute.
Her own show, A History of Time Wasting didn’t quite hit the mark but remained a cut above many of the shows occupying Radio Four’s sit-com slot after the 6.00 o’ clock news.
Radio, more than television, pulls off that seemingly impossible trick of being intimate whilst at the same being a mass medium. It’s as though these performers are playing some select club to which you and a few mates are invited.
Having been a lifelong fan of radio comedy since growing up the shows like The Navy Lark, The Clitheroe Kid, and all the others, Linda Smith had taken her place in that particular soundtrack to my day, and very welcome she was. She’ll be missed.