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Will Hay Radio 3 Monday 22:45 BST

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Will Hay Radio 3 Monday 22:45 BST

There's a short 15 minute feature about Will Hay on BBC Radio 3 on Monday night  (April 13) at 22:45.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qdw88

Probably no astronomy involved, but you never know!

Martin

 

 

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Thanks for another good link Martin.  Doesn't matter if there is any Astronomy in it.  If it's about Will Hay, it's worth a listen.

Gary

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Thanks for highlighting this, Martin. Just listened to it on iPlayer: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qdw88

In spite of it being only a short piece, 15 mins, it contains a pretty though analysis of Hay's achievements, by Simon Heffer. And his interest in astronomy is mentioned - along with his white spot on Saturn.

Go well!
Jeremy 

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What a coincidence- I only

What a coincidence- I only watched 'Windbag the Sailor' the other day!  Let's hope they mention his discovery of the white oval on Satun...

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Windbag the Sailor was filmed just after Hay went on an eclipse cruise and I've often wondered if he got some good ideas from that trip! I only realised how funny Hay's films must have been in their day when I was invited to the launch of Graham Rinaldi's biography of Hay. I'd helped with some astronomical data and managed to get a copy of Hay's 'Inkstain Theory' comedy script to Graham (it was hidden in the RAS library!) So I was invited to the book launch in May 2009, at the BFI, which included a cinema screening of 'Where's that Fire?' in front of an audience of about 200 people.

Hay's films on DVD are highly amusing, but in front of a cinema audience they are hysterically funny. I'd simply not appreciated how funny they were just watching the DVDs, but they were clearly designed to trigger uncontrollable fits of laughter in front of a 1930s (and 2009) cinema audience. The chap in the row in front of me at the BFI was laughing so much he was in physical pain!

Clearly Hay was a master at making cinema audiences roll with laughter, something that I'd not fully appreciated until I had seen a Hay film shown to a cinema audience, as opposed to watching a DVD.

Martin