Punch was a well-known British humour and satire magazine that was first published in 1841 and finally closed in 2002.

John Peel contributed occasional pieces to the publication, two of which were reprinted in Olivetti Chronicles:

  • 1976-04-07, Hello Tailor!, pg. 112-3
  • 1980-01-16, Record Shops, pg. 251-4

Please add further details on Peel's articles for Punch if known.

Peel on Punch

(From 11 April 1992 show)

"There are many times when I wish I was a millionaire. I mean, I should like to have a fast and dangerous car, so I could go around intimidating people with it, and you know, have a swimming pool and all that kind of stuff, so that people come down and see me. And this would be most gratifying.

But the main reason I want to be a millionaire at the moment is so I could revive and resuscitate Punch, because ... I know it is not a trendy magazine at all, and I shouldn't probably be saying this, but I was pleased to see some sympathetic paragraphs about it in the current issue of the Oldie as well.

But I grew up on Punch. It was one of the only two magazines that my father bought and read, and I read Punch from a very early age indeed. In fact, went back and read Punches from the 1920s and 1930s, because we had bound volumes of those around the place and they always gave me a great deal of pleasure.

And It went through a boring period in the 1970s and early 1980s, but I think in the past two or three years it's been becoming increasingly entertaining. I mean, again, as always, you know, there are good bits and bad bits, but genuinely an excellent read over the past few months and I am very sad to see it go. And as I say, if I was a millionaire, I should do what I could do revive it."


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