Comedy Greats

Comic legend Barry Cryer discovers the best of BBC radio's comedy goldmine, decade by decade.

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Episodes

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The Eighties20040712
The Fifties - 120120114 (BBC7)

Featuring Life with the Lyons, In All Directions, The Al Read Show and The Goon Show.

Barry Cryer plunders the BBC archives across the decades. Featuring Life with the Lyons, In All Directions, The Al Read Show, A Life of Bliss, Take It From Here and The Goon Show.

The Nineties - 120090801 (BBC7)
20120526 (BBC7)

Including Goodness Gracious Me, The Now Show, Hair in the Gate and On the Hour.

Yo! Well wicked Barry Cryer presents: A Look Back At The Nineties, Hair in the Gate, The Now Show, Goodness Gracious Me, On The Town With The League of Gentlemen and On The Hour.

The Nineties - 220090808 (BBC7)
20120602 (BBC7)

Week Ending

People Like Us

The Mark Steel Solution

Knowing Me, Knowing You

The Very World of Milton Jones

Children's Hour with Armstrong and Miller

The Noughties - 12003080920041204 (BBC7)
20041205 (BBC7)
20090815 (BBC7)
20120609 (BBC7)

Barry Cryer presents comedy including Clare in the Community and Radio Shuttleworth.

Barry Cryer presents Small World of Dominic Holland, At Home With The Snails, Clare in the Community, Radio Shuttleworth, Mark Watson and Little Britain.

Including The

Small World of Dominic Holland, At Home with

the Snails, Parsons and Naylor's Pull-Out

Sections and The News Quiz.

With Barry Cryer.

The Noughties - 22003081620041211 (BBC7)
20041212 (BBC7)
20070428 (BBC7)
20120616 (BBC7)
20120623 (BBC7)

With Absolute Power, The Boosh, Think the Unthinkable, The Sunday Format and Dead Ringers.

Barry Cryer presents Absolute Power, The Boosh, Think the Unthinkable, The Sunday Format, Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting and Dead Ringers.

The best

comedy of the current decade, including

Absolute Power, The Boosh, Sean Lock's 15

Storeys High, The Sunday Format and Dead

Ringers.

The Noughties - 320120630 (BBC7)

With Cabin Pressure, The Boosh, Flight of the Conchords and Ed Reardon's Week.

Barry Cryer presents: Cabin Pressure, The Boosh, Flight of the Conchords, I've Never Seen Star Wars and Ed Reardon's Week.

The Sixties - 120120128 (BBC7)

With Beyond Our Ken, It's a Fair Cop, The Navy Lark, Benny Hill Time and The Clitheroe Kid

Barry Cryer's archive treasures from the swinging decade: Beyond Our Ken, It's A Fair Cop, The Navy Lark, Benny Hill Time, The Clitheroe Kid and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.

The Sixties - 220120204 (BBC7)

Includes Whack-O!, The Men from the Ministry, The Ken Dodd Show, and Steptoe and Son.

Barry Cryer presents another swinging selection of groovy radio fun: Whack-O!, The Men from the Ministry, The Ken Dodd Show, Steptoe and Son, The Embassy Lark and Round the Horne.

01The Fifties - 12003051020040918 (BBC7)
20040919 (BBC7)
20070106 (BBC7)
20070107 (BBC7)
20080209 (BBC7)
20080210 (BBC7)
20090530 (BBC7)
02The Fifties - 22003051720040726 (BBC7)
20040925 (BBC7)
20040926 (BBC7)
20070113 (BBC7)
20070114 (BBC7)
20080216 (BBC7)
20080217 (BBC7)
20090606 (BBC7)
20120121 (BBC7)

Barry Cryer with archive treasures from the decade of rock'n'roll.

03The Sixties - 12003052420041002 (BBC7)
20041003 (BBC7)
20090620 (BBC7)

Barry Cryer's first selection from the swinging decade of radio fun.

04The Sixties - 22003053120041009 (BBC7)
20041010 (BBC7)
20090627 (BBC7)

Barry Cryer presents another swinging selection of groovy radio fun.

05The Seventies - 12003061420041016 (BBC7)
20041017 (BBC7)
20070127 (BBC7)
20070128 (BBC7)
20080322 (BBC7)
20080323 (BBC7)
20090704 (BBC7)

Barry Cryer presents his first six-pack from the sensational seventies,

06The Seventies - 22003062120041023 (BBC7)
20041024 (BBC7)
20070203 (BBC7)
20070204 (BBC7)
20070217 (BBC7)
20070218 (BBC7)
20080329 (BBC7)
20080330 (BBC7)
20090711 (BBC7)
20120218 (BBC7)
20130713 (BBC7)

Glamtastic Barry Cryer with

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

The Atkinson People

Just a Minute

Listen to Les

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket

07The Eighties - 12003062820040719
20041106 (BBC7)
20041107 (BBC7)
20070210 (BBC7)
20070211 (BBC7)
20090718 (BBC7)
20120512 (BBC7)
20130720 (BBC7)

New Romantic Barry Cryer's donning shoulder pads to re-live the very best BBC radio comedy from the 1980s.

08The Eighties - 22003071220041113 (BBC7)
20041114 (BBC7)
20070217 (BBC7)
20070218 (BBC7)
20090725 (BBC7)
20120519 (BBC7)

Barry Cryer's donning shoulder pads to re-live the very best BBC radio comedy from the 1980s.

09The Nineties - Part 12003071920041120 (BBC7)
20041121 (BBC7)
20070324 (BBC7)
20070325 (BBC7)
20090801 (BBC7)

Join Barry Cryer for his wicked choice of radio comedy from the 1990s, featuring some of those series which were on radio before the TV, and arguably all the better for it!

10The Nineties - 22003072620041127 (BBC7)
20041128 (BBC7)
20070331 (BBC7)
20070401 (BBC7)

Week Ending, People like Us

and Harry Hill's Fruit Corner.

With Barry Cryer.

10The Nineties - 22004112020041121
20070331 (BBC7)
20070401 (BBC7)
20090808 (BBC7)
20090822 (BBC7)

Barry Cryer's roller blading his way through part two of his nineties selection.

Week Ending (08/02/1991)

People Like Us The Pilot (02/08/1997)

The Very World of Milton Jones (30/11/1999)

Children's Hour With Armstrong and Miller (09/12/1998)

The Mark Steel Solution Anyone In England Should Be Deported (06/11/1992)

Knowing Me, Knowing You (08/12/1992)

Barry Cryer presents: Week Ending, People Like Us, The Very World of Milton Jones, Children's Hour with Armstrong and Miller, The Mark Steel Solution and Knowing Me, Knowing You.

Including Week Ending, People Like Us, The Mark Steel Solution and Knowing Me, Knowing You

With Absolute Power, The Boosh, Think the Unthinkable, The Sunday Format and Dead Ringers.

Barry Cryer presents Absolute Power, The Boosh, Think the Unthinkable, The Sunday Format, Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting and Dead Ringers.

11The Noughties - 12004112720041204 (BBC7)
20041205 (BBC7)
20070421 (BBC7)
20070422 (BBC7)
20090815 (BBC7)

The Small World of Dominic Holland (20000919)


At Home With The Snails (20010626)


Parsons and Naylor Pull-Out Sections (20020509)


Radio Shuttleworth (20000323)


The News Quiz (20010518)


Little Britain (20020226)


Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music (20040219)

Barry Cryer presents At Home With the Snails, Radio Shuttleworth and Little Britain.

Barry Cryer presents At Home With the Snails, Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music, Parsons and Naylor's Pull-Out Sections, Radio Shuttleworth, The News Quiz and Little Britain.

12The Noughties - 22004080920041204
20041211 (BBC7)
20041212 (BBC7)
20070428 (BBC7)
20070429 (BBC7)
13Barry Cryer's Christmas Selection Box - Part 12003122020031221
20040719 (BBC7)
20041218 (BBC7)
20041219 (BBC7)
20091219 (BBC7)

The jovial host ferrets through Auntie's festive jewels.

14Barry Cryer's Christmas Selection Box - Part 22003122720031228
20041225 (BBC7)
20041226 (BBC7)
20091226 (BBC7)

Six more festive favourites from the jovial host.

15The Listeners Choice2003082320050101 (BBC7)
20050102 (BBC7)
20070519 (BBC7)
20070520 (BBC7)

With decades of BBC radio comedy to choose from, are the old ones the best? The votes from BBC7 listeners are in and all is revealed by Barry Cryer.

99The Sixties2007012020070121
20070121 (BBC7)
20080223 (BBC7)
20080224 (BBC7)

Barry Cryer's selection from the swinging decade of radio fun.