It's A Funny Old World

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19990527

Simon Hoggart takes a lighthearted look at the week in Westminster.

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Simon Hoggart takes a wry look at the funny old world of the European Parliament and swaps jokes with Neil Kinnock

19990108

Simon Hoggart takes a wry look at the funny old world of the European Parliament and swaps jokes with Neil Kinnock

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Simon Hoggart takes a lighthearted look at the week in Westminster.

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Simon Hoggart explores the unofficial side of the Liberal Democrats' annual party conference in Bournemouth.

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Simon Hoggart explores the unofficial side of the Liberal Democrats' annual party conference in Bournemouth.

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Simon Hoggart takes a wry look at the Labour conference in Brighton, steering clear of the serious business in the hall to check out some of the stranger meetings on the fringe.

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Simon Hoggart takes a wry look at the Labour conference in Brighton, steering clear of the serious business in the hall to check out some of the stranger meetings on the fringe.

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Simon Hoggart looks back on his week spent at the seaside with hundreds of Tories at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool.

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Simon Hoggart looks back on his week spent at the seaside with hundreds of Tories at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool.

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Simon Hoggart takes a light-hearted look at the week in Westminster.

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Simon Hoggart takes a light-hearted look at the week in Westminster.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920929]

A series of six programmes in which Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 1: Nigeria

Nigerians joke about politics, corruption, infidelity, ethnic differences, the National Power Supply Company and... themselves. Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920929]

A series of six programmes in which Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 1: Nigeria

Nigerians joke about politics, corruption, infidelity, ethnic differences, the National Power Supply Company and... themselves. Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920929]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920929]

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921006]

Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 2: India

Indians joke about religious differences, politics, the accent of Indians speaking English and... mothers-in-law. Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921006]

Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 2: India

Indians joke about religious differences, politics, the accent of Indians speaking English and... mothers-in-law. Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921006]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921006]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921013]

A series of six programmes in which

Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 3: China

The Chinese enjoy punning, scatological humour, regional jokes and the Chinese equivalent of a Morecambe and Wise act - "Crosstalk".

Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921013]

A series of six programmes in which

Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 3: China

The Chinese enjoy punning, scatological humour, regional jokes and the Chinese equivalent of a Morecambe and Wise act - "Crosstalk".

Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921013]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921013]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921020]

A series of six programmes in which

Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 4: Egypt

In the Arab world

Egyptians are recognised as the top jokers. They say they have "Dam Khafif" which means "light blood". Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921020]

A series of six programmes in which

Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 4: Egypt

In the Arab world

Egyptians are recognised as the top jokers. They say they have "Dam Khafif" which means "light blood". Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921020]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921020]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921027]

A series of six programmes in which

Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 5: Greece

"We are the most politically incorrect people." Greek humour includes jokes about the Pontians, accents, gays, political sex scandals... and shipping owners. Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921027]

A series of six programmes in which

Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 5: Greece

"We are the most politically incorrect people." Greek humour includes jokes about the Pontians, accents, gays, political sex scandals... and shipping owners. Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921027]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921027]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921103]

The last of the series in which Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 6: Poland

Poles joke about the government, Russians, the police, alcoholism and "the mountain people". Their humour can be very sophisticated and black. Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921103]

The last of the series in which Miles Kington discovers what makes different nations laugh. 6: Poland

Poles joke about the government, Russians, the police, alcoholism and "the mountain people". Their humour can be very sophisticated and black. Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921103]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921103]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931110]

Miles Kington discovers what makes people laugh around the world.

1: Ireland Irish humour is characterised by a great sense of the ridiculous which they say the English misunderstand. Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931110]

Miles Kington discovers what makes people laugh around the world.

1: Ireland Irish humour is characterised by a great sense of the ridiculous which they say the English misunderstand. Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931110]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931110]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931117]

Miles Kington discovers what makes people laugh around the world.

2: France. "There is often a feeling in Britain that the French analyse things too much, and it is typical of a Frenchman to divide humour into separate compartments - even if they are sex, food and politics." Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931117]

Miles Kington discovers what makes people laugh around the world.

2: France. "There is often a feeling in Britain that the French analyse things too much, and it is typical of a Frenchman to divide humour into separate compartments - even if they are sex, food and politics." Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931117]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931117]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931124]

Miles Kington discovers what makes Jamaicans laugh. "You find Jamaicans collapsing with laughter at a tragic scene in a play - it's a tradition, the harderthings are the more you laugh at them."

Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931124]

Miles Kington discovers what makes Jamaicans laugh. "You find Jamaicans collapsing with laughter at a tragic scene in a play - it's a tradition, the harderthings are the more you laugh at them."

Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931124]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931124]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931208]

5: Miles Kington discovers what makes the Russians laugh. "Political humour was our only taste of freedom but now conditions are changing these jokes are disappearing."

Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931208]

5: Miles Kington discovers what makes the Russians laugh. "Political humour was our only taste of freedom but now conditions are changing these jokes are disappearing."

Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931208]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931208]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931215]

Miles Kington discovers what makes the Israelis laugh. "The difference between Jewish and Israeli humour is that Jewish jokes poke fun at themselves, whereas Israeli jokes poke fun at others." Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931215]

Miles Kington discovers what makes the Israelis laugh. "The difference between Jewish and Israeli humour is that Jewish jokes poke fun at themselves, whereas Israeli jokes poke fun at others." Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931215]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931215]