Frank Muir Presents 500 Years Of Humorous Prose

Episodes

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19920811]

From William Caxton to P G

Wodehouse - a conducted tour by Frank Muir. 1: First Things First

Including the first printed joke, a doctor's first ward-round and a baby's first appearance. Readers

Prunella Scales ,

Richard Briers and Timothy West. Adapted by Mike Barfield from The Oxford Book of Humorous Prose

Producer Colin Swash. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920811]

Unknown: William Caxton

Unknown: Frank Muir.

Readers: Prunella Scales

Readers: Richard Briers

Readers: Timothy West.

Adapted By: Mike Barfield

Producer: Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920818]

2. The Stranger In Our Midst.

Including a Frenchman on cricket, Mark Twain on Europe, and the British diplomat who swallowed a moth! Read by Prunella Scales , Paul Eddington and Timothy West.

Adapted by Mike Barfield from The Oxford Book of Humorous Prose

Producer Colin Swash. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920818]

Unknown: Mark Twain

Read By: Prunella Scales

Read By: Paul Eddington

Read By: Timothy West.

Adapted By: Mike Barfield

Producer: Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920825]

from William Caxton to

P G Wodehouse - a conducted tour by Frank Muir.

3: Humour, in a Manner of Speaking

Including a dialogue from Perelman, a monologue from Dickens, and Patrick Campbell on his own stammer. Readers Prunella Scales , Richard Briers , Paul Eddington and Timothy West.

Adapted by Mike Barfield from Frank Muir 's Oxford Book Of

Humorous Prose

Producer Colin Swash. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920825]

Unknown: William Caxton

Unknown: Frank Muir.

Unknown: Patrick Campbell

Readers: Prunella Scales

Readers: Richard Briers

Readers: Paul Eddington

Readers: Timothy West.

Adapted By: Mike Barfield

Producer: Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920901]

4: Food, Glorious Food Including cheese with Jerome K Jerome , pudding with Lewis Carroll and roasted butterfly with the Rev Sydney Smith !

Readers Prunella Scales , Richard Briers and Timothy West.

Adapted by Mike Barfield from Frank Muir 's Oxford Book of Humorous Prose

Producer Colin Swash. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920901]

Unknown: Jerome K Jerome

Unknown: Lewis Carroll

Readers: Sydney Smith

Readers: Prunella Scales

Readers: Richard Briers

Readers: Timothy West.

Adapted By: Mike Barfield

Unknown: Frank Muir

Producer: Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920908]

5: Mind Your Manners Including Mrs Gaskell 's guide to orange-sucking, Swift's Directions to

Servants and a far from genteel Jane Austen !

Readers Prunella Scales , Richard Briers and Timothy West.

Adapted by Mike Barfield from Frank Muir 's Oxford Book Of Humorous Prose

Producer Colin Swash. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920908]

Unknown: Mrs Gaskell

Readers: Jane Austen

Readers: Prunella Scales

Readers: Richard Briers

Readers: Timothy West.

Adapted By: Mike Barfield

Unknown: Frank Muir

Producer: Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920915]

6: Almost Human

Including Saki's talking cat, A P Herbert's "cow cheque" and Mark Twain 's tirade against the ant.

Read by Prunella Scales , Paul Eddington and Timothy West.

Adapted by Mike Barfield from Frank Muir 's Oxford Book Of Humorous Prose

Producer Colin Swash. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920915]

Unknown: Mark Twain

Read By: Prunella Scales

Read By: Paul Eddington

Read By: Timothy West.

Adapted By: Mike Barfield

Unknown: Frank Muir

Producer: Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920922]

7: The Nature of Things Including Kingsley Amis, Paul Jennings and James Thurber , and their battles against inanimate objects. Read by Prunella Scales , Richard Briers and Timothy West.

Adapted by Mike Barfield from Frank Muir 's Oxford Book Of Humorous Prose.

Producer Colin Swash. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920922]

Unknown: Paul Jennings

Unknown: James Thurber

Read By: Prunella Scales

Read By: Richard Briers

Read By: Timothy West.

Adapted By: Mike Barfield

Unknown: Frank Muir

Producer: Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920929]

8: Just the Job

The last programme of the series, including

Alan Coren and the unions at Dunkirk, and the theory behind Parkinson's Law. Read by Prunella Scales , Richard Briers ,

Paul Eddington and Timothy West.

Adapted by Mike Barfield from Frank Muir 's Oxford Book Of Humorous Prose

Producer Colin Swash. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920929]

Unknown: Alan Coren

Read By: Prunella Scales

Read By: Richard Briers

Read By: Paul Eddington

Read By: Timothy West.

Adapted By: Mike Barfield

Unknown: Frank Muir

Producer: Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930113]

2: Humour, in a Manner of Speaking

Including a dialogue from Perelman, a monologue from Dickens, and Patrick Campbell on his own stammer. Read by Prunella Scales , Richard Briers , Paul Eddington and Timothy West.

Adapted by Mike Barfield from The Oxford Book Of Humorous Prose by Frank Muir.

Producer Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930113]

Unknown: Patrick Campbell

Read By: Prunella Scales

Read By: Richard Briers

Read By: Paul Eddington

Read By: Timothy West.

Adapted By: Mike Barfield

Unknown: Frank Muir.

Producer: Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930120]

3: The Nature of Things Including Kingsley Amis, Paul Jennings and James Thurber and their battles against inanimate objects. Read by Prunella Scales , Richard Briers and Timothy West.

Adapted by Mike Barfield from Frank Muir 's Oxford Book of Humorous Prose

Producer Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930120]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930127]

The last in the series:

Just the fob

Including Chick Sale on the art of privy-building,

Alan Coren and the unions at Dunkirk, and the theory behind Parkinson's Law. Read by Prunella Scales , Richard Briers , Paul Eddington and Timothy West.

Adapted by Mike Barfield from Frank Muir 's Oxford Book Of Humorous Prose

Producer Colin Swash.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930127]

Unknown: Chick Sale

Unknown: Alan Coren

Read By: Prunella Scales

Read By: Richard Briers

Read By: Paul Eddington

Read By: Timothy West.

Adapted By: Mike Barfield

Unknown: Frank Muir

Producer: Colin Swash.