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When it emerged I was going to make the Allusionist, I got a lot of people asking me, "Are there going to be puns in it?"
No, I cried! No! I hate puns!
This episode is about puns.
I thought if I got them out of the way, we might never need speak of them again.
Late last year, China announced puns are to be banned across all media. Frankly, I wish I could ban them in my own family. I spoke to my brother Andy and my dad Zack about their punning which has blighted my life since 1980.
Perhaps all Zaltzmans should be tested for Witzelsucht Disease.
MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
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Presented and produced by Helen Zaltzman.
Zack Zaltzman can be found in his studio trying out puns on his sculptures.
Thanks to Chris Skinner.
'Allusionist Theme' - Martin Austwick
'China In Your Hand' [Instrumental] - T'Pau
'Here' - Tindersticks