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    Radio 4 X (DAB)

    brilliant for old comedy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artistmike View Post
    I'm a fan of old radio shows and there are enough here to keep you going for life.... ... http://www.radioechoes.com/bandaid/?page=genre 90 episodes of Hancock's half hour for a start.... !
    Quite a lot on bbc radio 4x dab radio or tablet only. Men from the ministry, steptoe hancock dads army. etc.

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    Hankcock, Partridge and League Of Gentlemen

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    You might enjoy Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea, by the brilliant comic minds of Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden. Series 3 is now on iPlayer.
    Spotlight Tonight by Nish Kumar is also pretty good topical satire. A bit hit and miss but with some very funny moments.

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    This just came in:


    ISIHAC NEWSLETTER

    Dear I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Mailing List Member,

    Here are the details of the second and third recordings of the Autumn 2017 series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue".

    The recordings will take place as follows:

    2) Tuesday 14th November at the Margate Winter Gardens. This will be a double recording of the show (i.e 2 programmes will be recorded) for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

    Tickets are all priced at £5 (plus £1.50 online booking fee/£0.50 phone or in person) and are currently obtainable via the box office (located at the Margate Winter Gardens), by telephone (01843 292795/296111) or online via the venue's website.

    For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is The Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HX. The Box Office opening times are Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and 10am – 5pm on Saturdays (extended times on show nights.)

    3) Monday 27th November at Hull New Theatre. This will be a double recording of the show (i.e 2 programmes will be recorded) for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

    Tickets are all priced at £5 and are obtainable from 9am on Monday 30th October via the box office (located at the New Theatre), by telephone (01482 300306) or online via the venue's website.

    For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is Hull New Theatre, 75-76 Carr Lane, Hull, HU1 3RQ. The Box Office opening times are by phone: Monday – Saturday 8am – 7pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm. In Person: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm (9am for on sale date of 30 October)

    The recordings start at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.30pm. Tickets will be limited to a strict maximum of 4 per applicant - by whatever booking system. Demand for tickets is very great, so you are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment, and you should allow for queue waiting times for the Box Office, either by phone or in person, to be longer than usual. Please do not try to obtain tickets before they go on sale.

    The 68th series will begin transmission on Radio 4 from Monday 13th November at 6.30pm.

    With best wishes,
    Jon Naismith
    Producer, "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue"


    Can't wait to hear Jack Dee's opening monologues about Margate and Hull...
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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    Old Harry's Game.....another classic with Andy Hamilton.

    Revolting People was another one.
    +1 very definitely

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    La Tremanda Corte with Tres Patines.

    Limited appeal to most as it's in Spanish but this has me in stitches. Stands up very well for a radio show that was produced over 70 years ago.
    Plenty to go at with over 300 episodes produced over a 19 year run.

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    The News Quiz or Dead Ringers - both from R4. They rotate on the Friday Night Comedy podcast, and are always a good listen.

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    The latest from Andy Hamilton

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b098jtq1

    Episode one was quite good.

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    "Millport" - an out of left field choice perhaps, but then I'm from Paisley so only allowed spoons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by den77 View Post
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b098jtq1

    Episode one was quite good.
    Thanks, I'll give that a go later.

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    If you are in to your podcasts, I can recommend subscribing to Simon Mayo's confessions - some really funny stories on there, and a decent "back catalogue" of previous episodes to download and keep you dipping in to.

    Apologies if someone else has already suggested this.

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    John Bird - The Idi Amin Broadcasts, probably not politically correct these days but bloody funny in the 70's!

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    I was just looking through the schedules for R4extra, and found a series I hadn't heard of before, "The Sit Crom" . It's a 6 parter by Sue Limb, the first 4 episodes are still available for download as I type, with 2 to follow on the 2 coming Wednesdays. It's set during the Civil War, and the cast includes Joss Ackland, Miriam Margoyles and Denise Coffey, so it looks to be worth a listen.

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    I've just listened to Just a Minute: 50 Years in 28 Minutes which was plugged by Paul Merton on HIGNFY. It's very cleverly done featuring most of the regulars over the years, with almost seamless editing, and brings back many memories. It's only tainted slightly by the notable absence.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jrxpt

    I do miss the mellifluous tones of Peter Jones on the radio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    I've just listened to Just a Minute: 50 Years in 28 Minutes which was plugged by Paul Merton on HIGNFY. It's very cleverly done featuring most of the regulars over the years, with almost seamless editing, and brings back many memories. It's only tainted slightly by the notable absence.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jrxpt

    I do miss the mellifluous tones of Peter Jones on the radio.
    Wonderful film comedy actor as well.

    Who can forget him and Dennis Price as the "Winsome Welshmen" in School for Scoundrels.
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    'Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar' is expiring fast on iPlayer, well worth a listen.

    There's also the radio version of Sean Lock's '15 Storeys High' which whilst can be a bit hit and miss, is in parts hilarious...

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    My favourite Radio 4 Comedy was: People Like Us, not sure if these will ever be available again after Chris Langham became persona non grata.

    You can get some on youtube, the estate agent is good. However, my favourite: The Pilot seems to not be available.

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    I remember listening to ‘Know Your Place’ as a kid starring Roy Dotrice. Think it must have been reruns!

    The Huddliners was a usual Saturday lunchtime listen.

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    Another one for Old Harry’s Game.

    Like Ralphy said, this thread has inspired me to go back and listen to some comedy. R4 classics for me!

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    I've been listening to "Mark Steele's In Town" this afternoon.

    Quite brilliant.

    I'm also enjoying the current series of "I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backward point View Post
    I've been listening to "Mark Steele's In Town" this afternoon.

    Quite brilliant.

    I'm also enjoying the current series of "I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue"
    Yep, I agree, Mark Steele's In Town is really good... very well observed and must be great to be an audience member.

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    Jeremy Hardy Feels...Hopeful, plus 3 earlier episodes.

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    John Lloyd on the Douglas Adams archive: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09tbl2s

    The The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Hexagonal Phase has just started on R4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09th4hf
    It is based on And 'Another Thing...' by Eoin Colfer, with additional unpublished material by Douglas Adams, and features many of the original cast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    John Lloyd on the Douglas Adams archive: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09tbl2s

    The The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Hexagonal Phase has just started on R4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09th4hf
    It is based on And 'Another Thing...' by Eoin Colfer, with additional unpublished material by Douglas Adams, and features many of the original cast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richie_101 View Post
    I'd recommend another BBC R4 classic, Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show. Available to stream or download here https://archive.org/details/CountArthurStrong
    Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show is by far and away the funniest thing I have ever heard and was so much better than the telly show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyguitar View Post
    Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show is by far and away the funniest thing I have ever heard and was so much better than the telly show.
    At its best, excellent.

    If you like CAS, have you tried Milton Jones? "The Very World of Milton Jones" and "Another Case of Milton Jones" are very funny.

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    Red face

    "Just A Minute"

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    Big fan of cabin pressure. You can get the series on Audible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyg View Post
    The Goon Show and Hancock.
    Without doubt the best ever used top piss myself at Milligan.

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    Angstrom, a spoof of Scandi-Noir crime thrillers is very funny. Unfortunately it is just disappearing off iPlayer but I expect will be repeated soon:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09m7kvr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    'Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar' is expiring fast on iPlayer, well worth a listen.

    There's also the radio version of Sean Lock's '15 Storeys High' which whilst can be a bit hit and miss, is in parts hilarious...
    Only just spotted this thread, can't agree more on both. Have the Sean Lock series on DVD (somewhere) and it's very like the radio version in quality.

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    A quick update. Since relocating to the UK I've got myself onto the BBC Shows and Tours mailing list with one of the filters being Radio Comedy. Free tickets are allocated by random draw and so far I've headed to the BBC Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House for recordings of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, The Museum of Curiosity (twice) and Just a Minute. Highlights have been meeting John Lloyd after a rather epic recording of TMoC which included legendary music producer Glyn Johns and a woman who wrote some kids books about a school for wizards, seeing Paul Merton complete a straight minute unbuzzed and witnessing a nonagenarian national treasure eruditely and entertainingly controlling a bunch of unruly comedians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    ...I've got myself onto the BBC Shows and Tours mailing list with one of the filters being Radio Comedy. Free tickets are allocated by random draw and so far I've headed to ...
    Same here but being in the North West we've had much less success. Ages ago we went to see a radio comedy recording at the Comedy Store in Manchester but it was so long ago that I can't even remember what it was. I remember it was a good night though. Since rejoining the mailing list we've been to a recording of a couple of episodes of 'Brain Of Britain' and if we didn't work during the day would have had lots of opportunities for orchestral/choral R3 recordings.

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    There's a boat load of John Shuttleworth series on Radio4 Extra on iPlayer at the moment.

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    This week's 'Brits in Space' episode of The Infinite Monkey Cage featuring Helen Sharman and Tim Peake is rather entertaining, notwithstanding the presence of Brian Cox.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009b04

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    There's some good stuff on Archive.org . I've listened to a few series that the BBC don't have available at the moment.

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    I had completely forgotten revolting people with Andy hamilton.

    heard an episode a week or so ago on 4Extra.

    Ezekiel is a brilliant characteras the pompous, verbose loyalist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    There's some good stuff on Archive.org . I've listened to a few series that the BBC don't have available at the moment.
    Whooooo, that's a right rabbit hole of a resource. I lost half the weekend just browsing the back issues of various publications. Thanks!

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    Nebulous by Graham Duff with Mark Gatiss. A Dr Who / Science fiction spoof and very very funny. You really have to concentrate as the jokes and puns come thick and fast.


    https://archive.org/details/nebulous5


    Also Count Arthur strong which was previously mentioned both of these are top draw stuff and really show off Radio Comedy at its best. I couldn't imagine Nebulous on the TV.




    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Whooooo, that's a right rabbit hole of a resource. I lost half the weekend just browsing the back issues of various publications. Thanks!

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    Round The Horne, classic, never missed an episode when I was young. Recorded them all on a Peto Scott reel to reel tape recorder - sadly both machine and tapes are long gone so much appreciate the link to RadioEchoes so I can relive my youth, much appreciated.
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