The Antipodean funny man opens up his own personal comedy preferences. Including The Goon Show, Kenny Everett - The Local Radio Years, League of Gentlemen, Flight of the Conchords and Little Britain.
What do Adelaide, Melbourne and Edinburgh all have in common? Their Fringe and comedy festivals have all been host to popular and critically-lauded shows from this sunny Australian comic. A purveyor of self-confessed "positive uplifting comedy", Adam has been a Perrier nominee on no less than three separate occasions, and a winner of the Best of the Fest. Not only a veteran of the British panel game circuit - via Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks - he has presented Four at the Store for Radio 4.
A consistently popular comedian, in this programme, Adam shares his love of radio comedy and it's formative role in his comedy career. Go you big red fire engine!
Produced by Martin Dempsey.
Featuring The Goon Show, League of Gentlemen, Flight of the Conchords and Little Britain.
The Antipodean comic shares his favourite funnies: The Goon Show, Kenny Everett: The Local Radio Years, League of Gentlemen, Flight of the Conchords and Little Britain.
Featuring Round the Horne, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again and The Burkiss Way.
Alexei Sayle, the original alternative stand-up comedian, actor and writer chooses his favourite comedies from the BBC radio archive.
Alexei takes us back to his Liverpool childhood and Sunday lunchtime listening in Round the Horne (1965). There's more illicit childhood listening in I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (1966) starring Tim Brooke-taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. Alexi's admiration of rule breakers guides his next choices, the logic defying The Burkiss Way (1980) and the news shattering On the Hour (1992), the original radio home of Alan Partridge.
The idea of making something seem so real but twisting it deviously has always appealed to Alexei, and is at the core of the award-winning spoof radio phone in show, Down the Line (2007), starring Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson. Alexei's final choice finds him interrogating one of his best friends in comedy, the comedian Lenny Henry in Chain Reaction (2005). But did one of comedy's great talkers allow Lenny to get a word in edgeways?
The comedian lines up his favourite radio comedies: Round the Horne, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, The Burkiss Way, On the Hour, Down the Line and Chain Reaction.
The writer, comedian and producer Armando Iannucci chooses some personal favourites:
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (3/6/02)
The Atkinson People (30/4/79)
The Consultants (27/2/03)
A Wet Handle (2/6/97)
The Museum Of Lost Keyboards (13/12/03)
The Burkiss Way - Is Britain Going the Burkiss Way (23/4/79)
The Big Fun Show (16/1/88]
The former accountant's selections include The Al Read Show and People Like Us.
The former accountant selects The Al Read Show, Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Arnold Brown and Company and People Like Us.
Well into his forties Arnold realised that that accountancy wasn't his passion, and took up a career in comedy instead!
The Al Read Show (15/01/55)
Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (29/03/71)
I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (16/07/67)
Arnold Brown and Company (04/08/90)
People Like Us: The Estate Agent (29/06/96)
People Like Us: The Policeman (06/07/96]
Including Round the Horne, The Million Pound Radio Show and People Like Us.
The comedian chooses his radio faves - Round the Horne, The Million Pound Radio Show, People Like Us, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, Goodness Gracious Me and Radio Active.
Round the Horne
The Million Pound Radio Show
People Like Us (included in 20091024 broadcast)
Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation
Goodness Gracious Me
The one-time Goodie's choices include Up the Pole, ITMA, and Archie's the Boy.
'Professor' Bill Oddie muses on the development of radio comedy via Up the Pole, ITMA, Archie's the Boy, Beyond Our Ken, On the Hour, and On the Town with the League of Gentlemen.
The well-known twitcher and one-time Goodie introduces 'Up The Pole', 'ITMA', 'Archie's The Boy', 'Beyond Our Ken', 'On The Hour' and 'On The Town with the League of Gentlemen'.
'Professor' Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century.
Questions will be asked afterwards, so do pay attention.
This lavishly illustrated lecture includes:
Up the Pole (first broadcast 01/11/1948)
Archie's the Boy (11/11/1954)
Beyond Our Ken (27/05/1960)
On the Hour (14/05/1992)
On the Town with the League of Gentlemen (27/11/1997]
The comedian's favourite shows include The Goon Show, Round the Horne and Steptoe and Son.
The comedian named after a Lincolnshire market town and his six favourites: The Goon Show, Round the Horne, Steptoe and Son, The Burkiss Way, The Big Booth and Hancock's Half Hour.
Taking his name from a Lincolnshire market town, comedian and musician Boothby Graffoe presents his favourite selection of radio comedy.
The Goon Show - The Evils of Bushey Spon (17/03/1958); Round the Horne - From Russia With Love (16/05/1965); Steptoe and Son - Two's Company (28/03/1971); The Burkiss Way (26/12/1979); The Big Booth (29/01/2000); Hancock's Half Hour - The Conjuror (22/02/1956).
Boothby Graffoe chooses his favourite comedies including:
The Goon Show (The Perils of Bushy Spon)
Round the Horne (From RUSSIA With Love)
Steptoe and Son (Two's Company)
The Burkiss Way
The Big Booth
Hancock's Half Hour.
The comedian's favourite shows: The Goon Show, Round the Horne, Steptoe and Son, The Burkiss Way, The Big Booth and Hancock's Half Hour.
presents Knowing Me Knowing You, Many a Slip, and many more.
'Radio is my companion'. Presenter, writer, producer Colin Murray is such an enthusiast that he plans his travel around certain radio shows or stocks up with podcasts for the car journey.
Colin's selection includes some of his comedy and radio heroes: Desert Island Discs with castaway Mel Brooks 01/07/1978; Alan Partridge in Knowing Me, Knowing You 05/01/1993; Mark Thomas The Manifesto 02/07/2009; grammar boffins in Many a Slip 05/05/1964; BBC Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle presenter Gerry Anderson and Stewart Lee in Chain Reaction 20/01/2005.
The radio presenter digs up Knowing Me Knowing You, Many a Slip, and many more.
5 live's sports presenter digs up Knowing Me Knowing You, Many a Slip, and many more.
Comedy writer David Quantick is BBC Radio 4 Extra's Comedy Controller for three glorious hours.
His archive choices include Hello Cheeky (02/06/1973), King Cutler (15/02/1990), I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again - Ser 9. 3/8 Star Trek (18/11/1973), Uncle Mort's North Country - Ser 2. 1/5 (13/04/1989), You'll Have Had Your Tea: Hamish and Dougal - Ser 2. 1/6 (25/02/2004)
'Reality Is an Illusion Caused by Lack of NF Simpson' (05/04/2007) is a documentary David made about the surrealist and comic playwright. Plus enjoy three of Simpson's finest 'Snippets' covering the likes of Hereward the Wake's teeth to Leibniz's discovery of the infinitesimal calculus - seemingly found in a corner crouching behind a curtain!
His final choice is Steven Appleby's Normal Life - Ser 1. 1/6 (08/08/2001)
David's career began as a music journalist at NME where his reputation for witty writing soon led him to scripting comedy sketches for Spitting Image. His many radio credits include On the Hour, Bussman and Quantick Kingsize, The 99p Show and The Blaggers Guide. His impressive TV writing credentials include The Day Today, Brass Eye, The Fast Show, ScreenWatch and Harry Hill's TV Burp.
The comedy writer selects: Hello Cheeky, King Cutler, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Uncle Mort's North Country, Hamish and Dougal, Steven Appleby's Normal Life and NF Simpson.
Selections include Hello Cheeky, King Cutler, and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.
The comic emerges from his Small World to choose his favourite comedies.Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation 2001.09.06 s04e01 - How to Fight Fire with Fire
Radio Active - 1983.08.09 - s03e05 - Lunchtime with Anna
ISIHAC with Stephen Fry 1997-07-05 s29e05 Weight Watchers Song Book
People Like Us - 1997.08.09 s03e04 - The Photographer
Chambers - 1998.05.18 s02e02 - The Masons
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People Like Us: The Farmer (10/06/1995);
Just A Minute (30/08/1999);
Radio Active (22/09/1981);
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (02/01/1988);
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (03/06/2002),
The Atkinson People: Sir Corin Basin (24/04/1979)
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Comic Relief's Emma Freud presents her red-nosed selection of BBC Radio Comedy.
The comic picks his favourite radio comedies, including The Goon Show and Variety Bandbox.
The veteran comedian and writer's six-pack selection: The Goon Show, Variety Bandbox, Round the Horne, The Al Read Show, The Ken Dodd Show and Take It From Here.
Veteran comedian and writer Eric Syke's six-pack selection.
Comedy legend Eric Sykes picks some of his favourite radio comedies which include:
With Radio Active, Variety Is the Spice of Life, The Alan Davies Show and Just a Minute.
With Radio Active; Variety is the Spice of Life; The Alan Davies Show; Just a Minute.
The Scottish comedian introduces his six radio favourites: Radio Active; Variety is the Spice of Life; The Alan Davies Show; Just a Minute; On the Hour and A Bit of Fry and Laurie.
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Take it from Here, Ray's a Laugh, Round the Horne, and Hancock's Half Hour.
The creators of Hancock and Steptoe select some of their favourite comedies.
Take It from Here (09/04/1958); Round the Horne: Gaslight Son of Flicker (16/04/1967); Ray's a Laugh (25/10/1949); Hancock's Half Hour: Sunday Afternoon (22/04/1958); Steptoe and Son: The Desperate Hours (26/05/1974).
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The sport guru's comedy choices include Knowing Me Knowing You and Hancock's Half Hour.
The Today Programme's sport guru hosts a special laugh marathon, featuring Knowing Me Knowing You, Radio Active, Hancock's Half Hour, The Game's Up, Look Away Now and Dad's Army.
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The 'Absolutely Fabulous' and sketch comedy actress's selection of radio comedies.
Life with Lederer: The Cruise (19910805)
Life With Lederer: The Party (19910812)
Hearing with Hegley (19961127)
Hearing with Hegley (19961120)
Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation: How To Be a Leader of Men (19941020)
Ross Noble Goes Global: Ireland (20020425]
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The witty north LONDON comedian talks about what you can and can't mention on hospital radio and how to not to do an interview from a phone box.
The witty north-London comedian talks about what you can and can't mention on hospital radio and how not to do an interview from a phone box.
Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation (October 1993), Round The Horne (May 1968), The Goon Show (December 1956), I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (June 1999), Yes Minister (November 1983), Steptoe and Son (May 1974).
The comedienne selects her favourite shows.
Round The Horne (first broadcast 11/04/1965), Linda Smith's Brief History Of Timewasting (26/07/2001), I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (23/12/1973), Hancock's Half Hour - Sunday Afternoon At Home (22/04/1958), Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive (18/05/2005), I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (21/06/1999).
Selections include It's That Jo Caulfield Again, Listen to Les, and Hancock's Half Hour.
The comedienne selects It's That Jo Caulfield Again, Listen to Les, Hancock's Half Hour, The News Quiz, The Bona History of Julian and Sandy, and Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun.
The critically-acclaimed writer and comedian is widely acknowledged as one of the UK's best female stand-ups, famous for her legendary one-woman shows.
Her programme choices include an episode of Hancock's Half Hour never heard before on BBC7.
It's That Jo Caulfield Again (07/02/2006)
Listen To Les (04/03/1995)
Hancock's Half Hour - Fred's Pie Stall (first broadcast 10/11/1959)
The News Quiz (09/06/2000)
The Bona History of Julian and Sandy (16/12/1998)
Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun (12/10/1993)
It's That Jo Caulfield Again (07/02/2006), Listen to Les (04/03/1995), Hancock's Half Hour - Fred's Pie Stall (0/11/1959), The News Quiz (09/06/2000), The Bona History of Julian and Sandy (16/12/1998) and Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun (12/10/1993).
The popular performance poet, musician and songwriter chooses his favourite programmes.
The Mark Steel Solution 'Transport' (22/07/1994), with his band The Popticians in two John Peel Sessions (27/07/1983 and 12/11/1984), Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen (02/08/2001), Linda Smith's 'A Brief History of Timewasting' (26/07/2001), and The Adventures of John and Tony 'The Hiking Holiday' (19/05/1999).
The innovative comic artist, and Britain's best known poet, John Hegley, selects his favourite shows in a 3-hour extravaganza of wit and spectacle wearing.
The Mark Steel Solution (22/07/1994)
The Popticians (27/07/1983 and 12/11/1984)
Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting (26/07/2001)
The Adventures of John and Tony (19/05/1999]
As any sporty person will confirm, warming-down after exertion is vital.
So, after this week's hectic Comic Relief activity, here's the perfect way to stretch those hams in the company of John Inverdale, who knows a ham when he sees one.
During the summer of 2006, as part of Comic Relief, Sport Relief was bigger than ever with a whole range of events staged all over the UK.
Making its first team debut, BBC7 did its bit too! John Inverdale hosted three hours of the finest radio comedy available, some of it sport-tinged, when he donned his plimsolls as BBC 7's Comedy Controller.
His picks were:
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (06/12/1999)
Just A Minute (05/02/1980)
Round The Horne: The World Cup is Stolen (03/04/1966)
Radio Active: Good Day Sport (30/08/1982)
The Navy Lark: Commodore Goldstein (22/02/1961)
Sporting Gaffes II (03/01/1996)
Plus the infamous 'Borussia Monchengladbach' clip from Billy Butler's Radio Merseyside show, Hold Your Plums.
The Sheffield singer's selections include Alison and Maud, and Saturday Night Fry.
The Sheffield singer selects Alison and Maud, Saturday Night Fry, We Interrupt This Programme, Clare in the Community and some Shuttleworths, plus Roy D Mercer makes a phone call.
The Sheffield singer selects Alison and Maud, Saturday Night Fry, We Interrupt This Programme, Clare in the Community, some Shuttleworths, plus Roy D Mercer makes a phone call.
Including Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, and Listen to Les.
The comedian's choices include Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, The League of Gentlemen, Ross Noble Goes Global, Radio Shuttleworth and Listen to Les.
Including Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, Listen to Les.
While in the Controller's Chair, Justin talks about his comedy influences and the day Judith Chalmers didn't put him on Wish You Were Here.
Justin Moorhouse, aka Young Kenny from Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, presents his choice of the best radio comedy.
Knowing Me Knowing You
Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter
On the Town With the League of Gentlemen
Ross Noble Goes Global - South Africa
Listen to Les.
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The late Ned Sherrin selects favourite radio comedy moments.
Still much missed - the witty broadcaster and writer makes his selection of radio favourites: Round the Horne, The Mark Steel Solution, Dead Ringers and Goodness Gracious Me.
In tribute to the late Ned Sherrin, another chance to hear some of his favourite radio comedy moments.
Round the Horne (02/04/1967)
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (14/01/1989)
The Mark Steel Solution 'Sexual Politics' (07/06/2003)
Dead Ringers (07/03/2003)
Goodness Gracious Me (01/01/2003]
The actor and chairman of Just a Minute presents his selection of six of the best comedy programmes, without hesitation, repetition or deviation.
Comedy picks include The Goon Show, Much Binding in the Marsh and Hancock's Half Hour.
The Just a Minute chairman chooses his radio six-pack: The Goon Show, Much Binding in the Marsh, Hancock's Half Hour, Listen to This Space, Round the Horne and Just a Minute.
Goon Show – 1954.10.21 s05e03 - The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea
Much Binding – 1953.08.18 ep05 – (Advertised date was wrong)
Hancock's Half Hour – 1956.12.23 - The Diary [repeat of BBC7 2003.12.30]
Listen to this Space – 1966.01.07 s0xe0x
Round the Horne – 1967.03.26 s03e07 - The Sea Cruise
Just A Minute – 1999.08.09 s38e06 #312 – The Novel inside me
introduces some of his favourite comedy shows including Dead Ringers, The Clitheroe Kid, Knowing Me Knowing You, The Goon Show and World of Pub.
The comedian and impersonator chooses some of his all-time favourite radio comedy, both as a listener and performer.
Includes Dead Ringers (08/12/2000); The Clitheroe Kid 'The Keyhole Kid' (17/04/1961); Knowing Me, Knowing You (05/01/1993); The Goon Show 'The Affair of the Lone Banana' (26/10/1954); The World of Pub (11/03/1998 and 25/03/1998) and Steptoe and Son 'The Desperate Hours' (26/05/1974).
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (first broadcast 17/08/87)
Dad's Army - Absent Friends (13/04/76)
The Mark Steel Lecture - Lord Byron (13/03/01)
Hancock's Half Hour - The Poetry Society (08/12/59)
On The Hour (16/08/91)
Saturday Night Fry (14/05/88).
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (August 1987), Dad's Army - Absent Friends (April 1976), The Mark Steel Lecture - Lord Byron (March 2001), Hancock's Half Hour - The Poetry Society (December 1959), On the Hour (August 1991), Saturday Night Fry (May 1988).
The musical comedian selects All Classical Music Explained, My Music, The Mark Steel Lectures, 20th Century Retrospective, The Miles and Millner Show, and The Cambridge Buskers.
Rainer Hersch's passion is music but he also has another - comedy.
As BBC 7's Comedy Controller, he puts the two together and manages to squeeze in a couple of his own programmes.
Introduces A 1985 Edition Of Just A Minute, Spinal Tap All the Way to Eleven, The League Against Tedium from 1997 and Radio Active from 1985.
Just a Minute, The League Against Tedium and Radio Active.
Richard Herring: The comic and writer introduces his selection of comedy, including Just a Minute, Spinal Tap: All the Way to Eleven and Radio Active.
Simon Fanshawe presents six of his favourite radio comedies.
Round The Horne (From RUSSIA With Love)
Navy Lark (Phillips takes an exam)
Dad's Army (ep6 Private Jones car)
Mark Steel Lectures (Marx)
Steptoe and Son (Tea For Two).
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The actor and radio fanatic chooses three hours of his comedy favourites.
, actor, writer, wit and naughty national treasure chooses his favourite comedies from the BBC radio archive.
For Stephen, radio comedy inhabits the very way 'I write and think'. He takes us back to his childhood, curled up and listening to programmes like Men From the Ministry (1972). He remembers his friend Douglas Adams, who Stephen recalls thought the whole world through...only backwards, no better displayed than in the very first Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (1978).
He relives the thrill of being offered the chance to write his very own radio show, and asking his friends Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson to help out in Saturday Night Fry (1988). Stephen marvels at the brilliance of the team behind the ultimate news show On the Hour (1992) including Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris and Steve Coogan.
He explains what it's like to experience, from the comedy coal face, an absolute radio classic, the antidote to panel games: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (2003). And chooses his own antidote to radio phone in shows, the award winning Down The Line (2007), starring Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson - who Stephen knew as comedy saplings.
For Stephen, TV is often a greedy, one dimensional medium. For him listening to radio "is so much more".
Producer: Peter McHugh.
The actor and radio fanatic chooses The Men From the Ministry, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Saturday Night Fry, On the Hour, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and Down the Line.
Including Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son, Round the Horne, Chain Reaction and more.
The comedian, writer and star of 'The Now Show' selects Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son, Dead Ringers, Round the Horne, Chain Reaction and That Reminds Me.
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Hancock's Half Hour – 1959.12.08 s06e11 – The Poetry Society
I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again – 1970.02.22 s07e02 – Canterbury Tales [Repeat of 2003.07.04]
The Burkiss Way - 1976.12.29 s02e03 - Gain Spiritual Enlightenment the Burkiss Way
Weekending - 1986.12.20 - Here you are old girl.
The Mary Whitehouse Experience - 1989.06.16 s01e10 - The Skint Video Karaoke Exper.
Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel - 1991.05.18 s02e02 - Uncle Abner.
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The comedian, writer and star of 'The Now Show' selects Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son, Dead Ringers, Round the Horne, Chain Reaction and That Reminds Me.
BBC 6 Music presenter Tom Robinson introduces his choice of favourite radio comedies.
Singer and BBC 6 Music presenter Tom Robinson's selection - Radio Active, The Very World of Milton Jones, King Cutler, Round The Horne, The Boosh and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
Featuring Radio Active (July 1985), King Cutler (Feb 1990) and Round The Horne (Feb 1967).
Radio Active - Out Of Your Depth (19850719)
The Very World Of Milton Jones (19991026)
Round The Horne (19670219)
The Boosh (20011030)
King Cutler (19900118)
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (20000612)
Radio Active (July 1985), The Very World of Milton Jones (Oct 1999), King Cutler (Feb 1990), Round The Horne (Feb 1967), The Boosh - Jazz (Feb 2001) and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (June 2000).
The singer songwriter and presenter's selection: Radio Active, The Very World of Milton Jones, King Cutler, Round the Horne, The Boosh and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.
Tony's choices include Saturday Night Fry, Just A Minute and Knowing Me Knowing You.
The comedian and author selects his favourites: Hancock's Half Hour, Saturday Night Fry, People Like Us, Just A Minute, Knowing Me Knowing You and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.
Tony Hawks began his career in show business as a singer-song writer, leading a trio called Morris Minor and the Majors.
He now performs stand-up comedy, appears regularly on panel games, and is also an author.
His books Round Ireland With a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, have both been broadcast on Radio 7.
Tony donated half of the royalties from his Moldovans book to a trust fund in Moldova, and the monies raised were used to open a medical centre which provides therapy for disabled children.
As Comedy Controller, Tony has chosen the following classics:
Just A Minute - s32E09 - 19960302 - Lindisfarne
Knowing Me Knowing You - e04 - 19921222
People Like Us - S03E04 - 19970809 - The Photographer
Hancock - s04e19 - 19570217 - The Emigrant
I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again - s04e13 - 19670716 - Ulysses - The Housewives' Joyce
Saturday Night Fry - e04 - 19880521