Kenneth Williams was a contradictory man. A source of great wit and erudition, on chat shows and panel games an endless fund of anecdote and witty rejoinder yet, in private, as his diaries show, he was a deeply troubled and unhappy man. The BBC has here put together a two-disc set which contains excerpts from his celebrated diaries, read with uncanny precision by David Benson, who brings out all the pathos of Williams's situation - loved by the nation, yet filled by self-doubt and self-loathing, interspersed with clips from radio and TV appearances. There are excerpts from his appearance in the very first `Carry On ...' film, `Carry On Sergeant', and characteristic moments from shows that made him a national treasure, `Beyond Our Ken', `Round the Horne' and, of course, the panel game `Just a Minute', hosted by Nicholas Parsons, of which Williams was a mainstay for many years.
Listening to these two discs we get a fully-rounded portrait of Kenneth Williams, both in public and in private, and we can only wish that Williams himself could have felt some of the joy he brought to his viewing and listening public.