HOW TO BURN A MILLION QUID (320kbs-m4a/368mb/2hrs39mins)
BBC Radio 4 podcast: 15th to 21st January 2019
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, with only one journalist and their roadie-come-fixer, Gimpo, in attendance. 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
Everyone else: Kate O’Sullivan, Polly Kemp, Ronnie Jhuttie and Niall Ashdown
Original music by Somerset & Lewin
Original music by MZYLKYPOP (Mick Somerset, David Lewin, Simon Lewinski, Rachel E, Flip Clegg and Thom Foote)
Sound Design by Carl Scheleeshti Johnson
Produced and Directed by Boz Temple-Morris
Written by Sean Grundy and Cara Jennings
A HOLY MOUNTAIN production for BBC Radio 4.
HOW TO BURN A MILLION QUID - 1. PREVIEW (320kbs-m4a/6mb/3mins)
BBC Radio 4 podcast: 15th January 2019
HOW TO BURN A MILLION QUID - 2. RULE 1 (320kbs-m4a/62mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 4 podcast: 16th January 2019
Rule 1. Begin an inner alchemy to transcend the consensual reality tunnel and move from a state of fixation to a condition of mutability.
HOW TO BURN A MILLION QUID - 3. RULE 2 (320kbs-m4a/55mb/24mins)
BBC Radio 4 podcast: 17th January 2019
Rule 2: Don’t do anything unless it’s heroic.
Bill, Jimmy and Gimpo set off for Sweden in order to persuade Abba to let them sample their music. They’ll be OK with that. Won’t they? Just in case they say no, they’re taking all the records with them so that they can burn the vinyl before the legal deadline. Just in case.
Besides, Bill has another plan for how to get onto Top of the Pops.
HOW TO BURN A MILLION QUID - 4. RULE 3 (320kbs-m4a/67mb/29mins)
BBC Radio 4 podcast: 18th January 2019
Rule 3: Only a madman is absolutely sure.
Pop stardom is going well, the KLF are a music industry sensation with a string of hits. An inspired collaboration with country music legend Tammy Wynette takes them to new heights. But is that enough, asks Bill, where’s the meaning? In the North Pole perhaps? Well that’s the conclusion he reaches and so off they go. Really. All this happened.
HOW TO BURN A MILLION QUID - 5. RULE 4 (320kbs-m4a/49mb/21mins)
BBC Radio 4 podcast: 19th January 2019
Rule 4: Go it alone.
At the height of their success the KLF can do no wrong. But they really want to. News of their forthcoming BRIT Award confirms their status as music industry establishment – exactly the thing they’re fighting against – and so they go in search of an idea so outrageous, so disgusting, that they would succeed in becoming outcast from the industry. At the BRIT Awards ceremony of 1992 they try out their idea…
HOW TO BURN A MILLION QUID - 6. RULE 5 (320kbs-m4a/57mb/25mins)
BBC Radio 4 podcast: 20th January 2019
Rule 5: Know when to walk away.
With the last gasp from the now dead sheep, the KLF leave the music industry. They now take their fight against the Illuminati to the art world, and the Turner Prize of 1994. They are about to have the most brilliant idea of all. Or the most stupid. You decide.
HOW TO BURN A MILLION QUID - 7. RULE 6 (320kbs-m4a/73mb/32mins)
BBC Radio 4 podcast: 21st January 2019
Rule 6: Never ask for anyone’s blessing.
Finally, having landed on the Isle of Jura, Bill, Jimmy, Gimpo, and one chosen witness check into the Jura hotel carrying two suitcases containing a million quid. They must pass the night before committing the act for which they have come. Burning one million pounds. Can they really go through with it?