June Knox-Mawer

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue's Humphrey Lyttelton In Conversation: Play As I Please
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue's Humphrey Lyttelton In Conversation: Play As I Please

  • Humph – bandleader, cartoonist, writer, chairman of BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, president of the Society for Italic Handwriting and doyen of jazz trumpeters. In conversation with June Knox-Mawer, Humphrey Lyttelton reflects on his extraordinary life; from schooldays at Eton and playing out ‘Roll Out the Barrel’ outside Buckingham Palace on VE Day, to the formation of his band in 1948 and his emergence as ‘the godfather of British jazz’. In his incredibly varied career he was a cartoonist for the Daily Mail, a journalist for Punch and even formed his own record company. In this recording he shares his joy of music with his beloved humour. It’s a wry, witty and wonderful story told in his characteristically urbane style and peppered with some of his own great jazz favourites.

Humphrey Lyttelton was born in 1921 at Eton College, where his father was a housemaster and he was subsequently educated. During World War II he served as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, and he then studied for two years at Camberwell Arts School. In a tremendously varied career, he worked as a cartoonist for the Daily Mail, as a journalist for Punch and The Field, wrote seven books, became an acclaimed jazz trumpeter and formed a record company. He was also well-known as chair of the long-running BBC radio show, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, a role he performed for over 30 years. He died in 2008. June Knox-Mawer was an author and broadcaster who regularly put together scripts and features for the BBC Radio show Woman's Hour, as well as presenting the programme during the early Eighties. She also presented numerous documentaries and wrote non-fiction and romance novels including Sandstorm, which won the 1992 Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists' Association. She died in 2006.