The BBC’s new six-part drama How to Burn a Million Quid is excellent. Highly recommended.
[This] was an action on 23 August 1994 in which the K Foundation (an art duo consisting of Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty) burned cash in the amount of one million pounds sterling in a disused boathouse on the Ardfin Estate on the Scottish island of Jura. The money represented the bulk of the K Foundation’s funds, earned by Drummond and Cauty as The KLF, one of the United Kingdom’s most successful pop groups of the early 1990s.
Each part of the radio play is about half an hour long. It starts with Drummond and Cauty flying through a storm to Jura, with two suitcases full of cash, and then the rest of is is mostly flashbacks about how they met, formed the band, got hugely successful, and then got completely fed up. How much of the play is accurate, I don’t know. It’s pretty wild, and much in the spirit The Illuminatus! Trilogy, which inspired The KLF.
BBC Radio does excellent radio plays, and if they’re starting to do them as podcasts too, I’m all for it.
Here’s the video for The KLF and Tammy Wynette doing “Justified and Ancient” in 1991. In the radio series this is a really entertaining event.