I was shocked today to hear that Linda Smith, beloved by Radio 4 listeners and BBC TV viewers alike, has died
at the age of just 48 from ovarian cancer. I remember hearing her on Just a Minute alongside Paul Merton, and some of the funniest radio I’ve ever enjoyed that followed. And her memorable appearances on Have I Got News For You – where it was obvious the regulars enjoyed having her on just as much as the viewers did. In fact, I’ve always wanted to be in a HIGNFY audience and often thought that she would be one of the perfect guests to see. Sadly, that will never now happen.
I didn’t know until today that she was President of the Humanist Society too. RIP Linda Smith, and thanks for all the laughs. You will be missed.
Right, also have to say that I saw the school play Dracula Spectacular tonight, which was rather excellent and I know others enjoyed it too. And Tasha was great, of course. Some other memorable performances (out of many) were Miss Naïve, Dracula himself and Dracula’s mother played by our friend Anna-Ciara. Woot! We also agreed that for the next production the school should really invest in some mics for the stage. Well, they’ve already bought new curtains…
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I was really shocked when I found out Linda Smith had died. She had a wonderful sharp wit and listening to the news quiz and Just a Minute on Radio 4 she would have me in stitches. Just that matter of fact voice going down an avenue which was just hysterical.
It really is sad and so young.
Oh my life! *That’s* Linda Smith!?
Oh I know who she is now. How sad.
She was brilliant on Radio 4 comady, stuff like the News Quiz. She’ll be missed.