Monday 21 January Radio 4 will release a new six-part podcast on BBC Sounds – a comic, surreal drama about the KLF titled How To Burn A Million Quid.
Rhian Roberts, BBC Radio 4’s Digital Commissioning Editor, comments: “Radio 4 pushes the boundaries with its leading audio dramas and this is particularly true of our digital-first dramas such as conspiracy thriller Tracks and recent critically acclaimed freaky horror podcast The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. How To Burn A Million Quid tells the story of the KLF in true roller-coaster style, if it was a book you wouldn’t put it down so on BBC Sounds listeners can binge all the episodes in one go.”
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HOW TO BURN A MILLION QUID
Outrageous comedy drama telling the true story of the chart-topping pop duo known as KLF who, in 1994, burned £1 million in cash on a remote Scottish Island. Why? Why would they do that?
How To Burn a Million Quid lays the story bare. A comic, surreal and fast moving adventure that sees Bill and Jimmy rise to the very top of the music industry, becoming the biggest selling music act in the UK before crashing out of the industry in spectacular fashion and heading toward the art world with the intention of creating similar mayhem. Inspired by a madcap theatrical genius and a cult novel, they blaze a trail that takes them to Sweden, the North Pole and the Sierra Nevada, via Northampton, before arriving finally on the Isle of Jura, with two suitcases containing a million quid.
It was their mission to cause chaos. And they did.
A sonic roller coaster featuring Paul Higgins (The Thick of It, Line of Duty) as Bill Drummond, Nicholas Burns (Nathan Barley, The World’s End) as Jimmy Cauty, with Kevin Eldon as Gimpo, Jeremy Stockwell as Ken Campbell and an outstanding cast of multi-voice comedy performers.
Bill Drummond ….. Paul Higgins
Jimmy Cauty ….. Nicholas Burns
Gimpo ….. Kevin Eldon
Ken Campbell ….. Jeremy Stockwell
Other roles ….. Kate O’Sullivan, Polly Kemp, Ronnie Jhuttie and Niall Ashdown
Written by Sean Grundy and Cara Jennings
Original music by Somerset & Lewin
Sound Design by Alisdair McGregor
Directed and produced by Boz Temple-Morris, A Holy Mountain Production, commissioned by Radio 4 for BBC Sounds