The Green Guide To Life

The Green Guide To Life is Jeff Green's second series for Radio 2 looking at the complications and confusion that is modern living, supported by classic comedy clips.

During the course of six half hour shows, Jeff casts his caustic eyes over a variety of subjects - Living Together, Socialising, School, Family, Holidays and Technology.

The shows include some of the best stand up material from Jeff himself - the master of human observational comedy and the author of two highly successful books on the subject - plus clips of some of the best comedians around, including Ben Elton, Victoria Wood, Les Dawson, Mike Harding, Rita Rudner, Lee Evans, Ardal O'Hanlon, Peter Kay, Jack Dee, Bill Bailey, Jo Brand, Dara O'briain, Alan Carr and The Two Ronnies.

The shows also feature some of the newer, less established but still hilarious comedians - Steven Wright, Dom Irrera, Bobby Collins, Mitch Fatel, Tommy Tiernan, Milton Jones, Diane Ford and Stewart Francis.

Also in the mix are some great songs, including a track from Joe 'Goodfellas' Pesci, a truly out there version of Teenage Dirtbag, a classic from Frank Zappa and Allan Sherman, and a song for any father who has a teenage daughter, from Tom Wilson.

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The Workplace2007092020070922
05Hobbies20071229

5/6. Jeff Green takes a comical look at hobbies, with classic comedy clips from Jasper Carrott, Jack Dee, Lee Evans and Les Dawson.

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The Green Guide To Life is Jeff Green's second series for Radio 2 looking at the complications and confusion that is modern living, supported by classic comedy clips.

During the course of six half hour shows, Jeff casts his caustic eyes over a variety of subjects - Living Together, Socialising, School, Family, Holidays and Technology.

The shows include some of the best stand up material from Jeff himself - the master of human observational comedy and the author of two highly successful books on the subject - plus clips of some of the best comedians around, including Ben Elton, Victoria Wood, Les Dawson, Mike Harding, Rita Rudner, Lee Evans, Ardal O'Hanlon, Peter Kay, Jack Dee, Bill Bailey, Jo Brand, Dara O'briain, Alan Carr and The Two Ronnies.

The shows also feature some of the newer, less established but still hilarious comedians - Steven Wright, Dom Irrera, Bobby Collins, Mitch Fatel, Tommy Tiernan, Milton Jones, Diane Ford and Stewart Francis.

Also in the mix are some great songs, including a track from Joe 'Goodfellas' Pesci, a truly out there version of Teenage Dirtbag, a classic from Frank Zappa and Allan Sherman, and a song for any father who has a teenage daughter, from Tom Wilson. Jeff looks at the confusion and challenges of living together, featuring some of his own stand up on the reality of living together, from the bathroom perspective.

He also introduces a variety of clips from established and newer comedians. These include Rita Rudner on what it's like buying a house with her new husband, Ben Elton on the importance of toothpaste for a relationship, American Bobby Collins on electricity bills in a marriage, Mitch Fatel on errands that men are sent out to do, Sean Pie suggesting how a Pie Chart can be a godsend when you live together, Mike Wilmot on how he's having to audition with his wife to get back into their home, Irishman Michael Redmond on his girlfriend talking in her sleep, a classic gag about his wife from Johnny Casson, some ruminations of his marriage from David Feldman and the importance of the home for Les Dawson.

There's also music from the actor Joe Pesci and a tale of the other side of relationships from Henry Philips.

0102Socialising2006101920070331

Jeff takes a caustic look at socialising and reveals how important drinking is in his social life.

The show is filled with some hilarious comedy clips about socialising, including Irishman Tommy Tiernan reminiscing about his teenage discos, Jack Dee on going to the cinema, Bill Bailey on going to Glastonbury, Phil Davey on the art of making barbeques, Hattie Hayridge on getting a partner back to her flat, Eddie Izzard on the importance of handshakes, Mickey Flanagan on 40 year olds going clubbing, Jo Caulfield on going to bars, Larry Miller on the different levels of drinking, and Rowan Atkinson on the classic night out at an Indian Restaurant.

There's also music from the legendary Frank Zappa and Australia's The Doug Anthony Allstars.

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Jeff takes a look at the memories of going to school and remembers what it's like in the school playground.

The show also features a range of clips from the best comedians around - including Jack Dee on how parents help their children at school, Alan Davies on the school kiss chase, Stan Boardman on school clothes, Milton Jones on school discipline, Peter Kay on how kids can affect teachers, Alan Carr on the troubles he had as a child in school, Eddie Izzard on languages at school, Dara O'briain on his school memories, Jo Brand on being at an all girl school, and Victoria Wood on school reunions.

There's also music from Allan Sherman and a truly amazing version of Wheatus' Teenage Dirtbag from Earl Okin.

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Jeff Green looks at the joys of the family, starting with Jeff's own experiences of being the only male in a home of sisters and trying to spend time in the bathroom.

The show then continues with a selection of some of the best comedy clips from comedians and stand ups from the past.

These include Ardal O'Hanlon trying to bond with his father, Mike Harding on having parents whose grasp of the English language is none to strong, Ken Dodd on what the family actually is, Dom Irrera on unsubtle family members, Smith and Jones remembering a family death and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore on the clash between father and son.

Also including music in the form of Canada's the Arrogant Worms views on how intelligent fathers become obsessed by baby poo and Tom Wilson on what it's like being the father of a teenage daughter.

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Jeff looks at the problematic experience of going on holiday, recalling the hilarious canal boat holiday he shared with his girlfriend.

The show also includes classic clips from a variety of comedians including Peter Kay on the British abroad, Lee Evans on the pitfalls of flying on holiday, Eddie Izzard on flying in those small planes, The Two Ronnies on a holiday in Spain, Dara O'briain explaining what it's like swimming with dolphins, Bobby Collins on the reality of going on a cruise and a wonderful clip of Canadian Jeremy Hotz on a trip to the New York Zoo.

There's also some poetry from John Cooper Clarke on Majorca, plus a song from Mike Harding.

0106 LASTTechnology2006111620070428

In the last of the series Jeff takes a caustic look at the world of technology with the help of a carefully selected collection of comedy clips.

The programme starts with Jeff taking a look at mobile phones and continues with classic comedy clips, including Sean Hughes on people not leaving messages on answer machines, Ardal O'Hanlon on people using mobiles in cars, Irish comic Michael Redmond on telephones, Eddie Izzard on toasters, Canadian Mike Wilmot on computer games and Rhona Cameron on how her mother tries to use technology.

Accompanying these clips are two comic songs tackling the tricky subject of technology - the star of Ghostbusters Rick Moranis sings a heartfelt ditty about technology - and comedian Steve Gribben sings from the heart about the internet.

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Jeff looks at the challenges of getting married. Having recently tied the knot himself, he's in a perfect position to take a witty look at the whole process of becoming Mr and Mrs.

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Comedy clip show presented by comedian Jeff Green. Featuring Jeff's witty observations on life with classic, cult or recent comedy clips based around different themes.

3/6. Ageing

Clips include Rodney Dangerfield on how he felt getting old, Dylan Moran on lying as an adult, Linda Smith on ageing drinkers, Victoria Wood on becoming middle aged and Lee Evans on the perils of having a blue rinse.

Including the classic Bob Newhart Driving Instructor sketch.

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Jeff Green concludes the series with a comical look at 'kids', with classic comedy clips from Jack Dee, Les Dawson, Jo Brand, and Victoria Wood