Unheard Rik Mayall Recordings toair, previously, unheardon New Radio 4 Documentary

BBC Radio 4's Archive On 4 will air a new documentary featuring 114 hours of unheard recordings with late comedian Rik Mayall. The documentary, "Rik Mayall, Panglobal Phenomenon," marks the 10th anniversary of Mayall's death and offers a rare glimpse into his creative process.

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Unheard Rik Mayall Recordings toair, previously, unheardon New Radio 4 Documentary

Unheard Rik Mayall Recordings toair, previously, unheardon New Radio 4 Documentary

Previously unheard footage of the late comedian Rik Mayall will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Archive On 4 in a new documentary titled "Rik Mayall, Panglobal Phenomenon." The hour-long program, set to air on June 1, 2024, features 114 hours of recordings with Mayall's collaborator and ghostwriter Max Kinnings.

The recordings span a two-year period and were taken while Mayall and Kinnings were writing the comedian's 2005 spoof autobiography, "Bigger Than Hitler Better Than Christ." The conversations continued until just a few weeks before Mayall's untimely death in 2014 at the age of 56.

Kinnings describes the recordings as a showcase of Mayall's comedic genius: "A lot of it is simply Rik being funny, funny in a way that a lot of his fans and the viewing public have never seen before... He was so generous as a collaborator. And the way that he would riff on ideas, that's what we really wanted to capture."

Producer Gareth Gwynn adds, "He put a lot of things between himself and his audience. I found it fascinating because I don't think I'd ever really thought of someone like him sitting down and coming up with ideas. You're hearing Rik absolutely firing on all cylinders here."

Rik Mayall rose to prominence in the early 1980s as part of thealternative comedyscene. He is best known for his roles in groundbreaking TV comedies such as The Young Ones, Bottom, and Blackadder. Mayall's energetic and often manic performances made him a beloved figure in British comedy.

The documentary "Rik Mayall, Panglobal Phenomenon" marks the 10th anniversary of Mayall's death and offers a rare glimpse into the comedian's creative process. In addition to the unheard recordings, the program will feature Mayall discussing the early days of alternative comedy and his colleagues on the circuit. This intimate portrait promises to be a fitting tribute to one of Britain's most iconic comic talents.