Panel Borders investigates Private Eye

Private Eye: A Cartoon History

Continuing a month of shows looking at comic strips and controversy on Britain’s only regular comics radio show Panel Borders, guest presenter Tom Sutcliffe talks to Nick Newman (author of Private Eye: A Cartoon History) and magazine editor Ian Hislop about memorable and controversial cartoons and strips in the best-selling fortnightly periodical.

Nick Newman and Ian Hislop. PR Image via National Theatre

Nick Newman and Ian Hislop. PR Image via National Theatre

Celebrating the very best cartoons from Britain’s premier publisher of humorous art, Nick’s Private Eye: A Cartoon History features more than 1,000 of the funniest jokes ever drawn for the title: a decade by decade chronicle of the gags and issues that tickled the nation’s funny bone sometimes with a sledgehammer.

For over 50 years Private Eye has published topical jokes, strips and stand-alone cartoons many of which have become comedy classics. Private Eye A Cartoon History provides a comprehensive record of the magazine’s contribution to visual humour, featuring thumbnail profiles of the magazine’s top artists and a cartoonist s view of the joke-making process.

The interview was reccorded at the Victoria and Albert Museum, November 2013.

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• Panel Borders: A Cartoon History of Private Eye airs at 4.30pm, Monday 12th May, repeated 11am Thursday 15th May 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at / extended podcast at


The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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