Mark Steel's In Town

Comedian Mark Steel visits towns across the UK and creates a stand-up show for a local audience based on what he finds out about the area.

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Edinburgh Special2012082120130710
20150802 (BBC7)

Mark uncovers the stories and characters that make up Leith in Edinburgh in this special one-off episode of the award winning stand-up comedy show, 'Mark Steel's in Town.'

As attention focuses on the Edinburgh festival, Mark Steel immerses himself in one of Edinburgh's lesser-known districts. Taking tales from the history, highways, and Hibs legends - not to mention the port workers, pub fights, and poetry - that make up this unique corner of Scotland's capital, Mark delivers a half hour of stand-up comedy about Leith. in front of an audience of born and bred Leithers.

Recorded at the BBC's Potterow venue in Edinburgh during the festival.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

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20130510 (BBC7)

Comedian Mark Steel visits the attractive market town of Skipton in Yorkshire and presents a show from the a livestock auction hall to discover what makes the town and its inhabitants distinctive.

Producer - Julia McKenzie.

Mark records a show in a livestock auction hall in Skipton, Yorkshire, celebrating canals, castles, cows and what makes the town and its people distinctive.

Comedian Mark Steel visits the attractive market town of Skipton in Yorkshire and presents a show from the a livestock auction hall to discover what makes the town and its inhabitants distinctive.

Mark records a show in Skipton, Yorkshire, celebrating the town and its people.

0102Boston2009032520110525
20130517 (BBC7)

Comedian Mark Steel visits Boston in Lincolnshire to take a look at the Stump and sprouts and see for himself why the inhabitants have no need of a handbrake. With a guest appearance from a Boston rapper he presents a show to the locals and tries and work out what makes the town so distinctive.

Producer - Julia McKenzie.

Mark records a show in Boston, Lincolnshire, celebrating sprouts, chavs, Puritans and the Boston Stump.

Comedian Mark Steel visits Boston in Lincolnshire to take a look at the Stump and sprouts and see for himself why the inhabitants have no need of a handbrake.

With a guest appearance from a Boston rapper he presents a show to the locals and tries and work out what makes the town so distinctive.

Mark Steel records a show in Boston, Lincolnshire, celebrating the town and its people.

0103Lewes2009040120130524 (BBC7)

Mark records a show in Lewes, East Sussex, celebrating fires, pub fights and stroppiness.

Comedian Mark Steel celebrates the East Sussex town's fires, pub fights and stroppiness.

Comedian Mark Steel visits towns across the UK and creates a stand-up show for a local audience based on what he finds out about the area.

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20130531 (BBC7)

Comedian Mark Steel presents a show from the magnificent Town Hall of Walsall in the West Midlands and celebrates the accent, the hippo and why the town has nothing to do with Birmingham.

Producer - Julia McKenzie.

Mark records a show in Walsall, celebrating the accent, the concrete hippo, and how the town has absolutely nothing to do with Birmingham.

Mark records a show in Walsall, celebrating the town and its people.

0105Merthyr Tydfil2009041520130607 (BBC7)

Comedian Mark Steel visits towns across the UK and creates a stand-up show for a local audience based on what he finds out about the area.

Mark records a show in Merthyr Tydfil, celebrating the town and its people.

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20130614 (BBC7)

In the last show of this repeated series Comedian Mark Steel gets to grips with the bird observatory, stone quarries and customs of the Isle of Portland in order to find out what makes it so distinctive. Find out why the locals are obsessed with obelisks and why you must never say the 'r' word.

Producer - Julia McKenzie.

Mark records a show on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, celebrating the area and its people

In the last show of this repeated series Comedian Mark Steel gets to grips with the bird observatory, stone quarries and customs of the Isle of Portland in order to find out what makes it so distinctive.

Find out why the locals are obsessed with obelisks and why you must never say the 'r' word.

Comedian Mark Steel visits the Isle of Portland to find out what makes it so distinctive.

0201Dartford2010040720150131 (BBC7)

In this second series comedian Mark Steel visits 6 more UK towns to discover what makes them and their inhabitants distinctive.

He creates a bespoke stand-up show for that town and performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as shedding light on the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During the series 'Mark Steel's In Town' Mark will visit Dartford in Kent, Wilmslow and Alderley Edge in Cheshire, Dumfries in the Borders, Penzance in Cornwall, Gateshead in Tyne and Wear, and Kirkwall in the Orkneys.

Episode 1 - In this first episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Dartford in Kent where he talks about the peasants' revolt, gypsy tart, Mick Jagger and what one resident calls the Road To Hell.

Written by Mark Steel with additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Julia McKenzie.

Mark Steel performs a show for the residents of Dartford in Kent.

0202Wilmslow2010041420150207 (BBC7)

Second series of the show where comedian Mark Steel visits some of our lesser known towns to discover what makes them distinctive.

In this second episode Mark Visits Wilmslow in Cheshire and gets to grips with Footballers Mansions, 3D eyelashes and the rhyming Wizard of Alderley Edge.

Written and performed by Mark Steel

Producer Julia Mckenzie.

Mark Steel visits Wilmslow and gets to grips with footballers' mansions and 3D eyelashes.

0203Dumfries2010042120150214 (BBC7)

Comedian Mark Steel travels to the Scottish border town of Dumfries, where he discovers a bloodthirsty history and seagull-hating inhabitants who are obsessed with the poet Robert Burns.

Written and Performed by Mark Steel.

Producer Julia Mckenzie.

Mark travels to the Scottish border town of Dumfries.

0204Penzance2010042820150221 (BBC7)

Comedian Mark Steel visits Cornwall and finally reaches the town of Penzance where the locals revel in their remoteness, pilchards and pasties. Struck by the beauty of this rugged coastal town he is surprised to find a civil war raging.

Comedian Mark Steel visits Cornwall and finally reaches the town of Penzance where the locals revel in their remoteness, pilchards and pasties.

Struck by the beauty of this rugged coastal town he is surprised to find a civil war raging...

Mark Steel visits Penzance to find out what makes this remote town so distinctive.

0205Gateshead2010050520150228 (BBC7)

Comedian Mark Steel travels to Gateshead to perform to locals who under no circumstances want their town to be confused with Newcastle.

Whilst up there Mark enjoys a memorable night out in a local pub; a telling-off in the Baltic Art Gallery, a visit to the Angel of The North and an ugly car park that some people want to preserve because of its role in a grisly murder.

Mark Steel finds out what makes Gateshead distinctive.

0206Kirkwall2010051220150307 (BBC7)

The last episode in the series sees the comedian visits Kirkwall in Orkney and encounters Thorfinn The Skullsplitter; an extraordinarily violent ball game and why it's pointless being a hairdresser on the island.

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The last episode in the series sees the comedian visits Kirkwall in Orkney and encounters Thorfinn The Skullsplitter; an extraordinarily violent ball game and why it's pointless being a hairdresser on the island.

Mark Steel visits Kirkwall in the Orkneys.

0301Berwick-upon Tweed2011120620120611
20111213 (BBC7)
20150809 (BBC7)
20120611 (R4)

In this third series comedian Mark Steel visits 6 more UK towns to discover what makes them and their inhabitants distinctive.

He creates a bespoke stand-up show for that town and performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as shedding light on the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During the series 'Mark Steel's In Town' Mark will visit Berwick-Upon Tweed, Holyhead, Basingstoke, Douglas (Isle of Man), Bungay and Wigan.

Episode 1 - In this first episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Berwick-Upon Tweed where he talks about war with Russia, Scottish rivalries and rather unusual local slang.

Written by Mark Steel with additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

In this first episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Berwick-Upon Tweed where he talks about war with Russia, Scottish rivalries and rather unusual local slang.

0302Holyhead2011121320120618
20111220 (BBC7)
20150816 (BBC7)

In this third series comedian Mark Steel visits 6 more UK towns to discover what makes them and their inhabitants distinctive.

He creates a bespoke stand-up show for that town and performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as shedding light on the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During the series 'Mark Steel's In Town' Mark will visit Berwick-Upon Tweed, Holyhead, Basingstoke, Douglas (Isle of Man), Bungay and Wigan.

Episode 2 - In this episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Holyhead in Anglesey, where he talks about sinking ships, fishy foot nibbling, the town's newest locals, Kate and Wills, and a mayor whose eccentricity puts Boris to shame...

Written by Mark Steel with additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

In this episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Holyhead in Anglesey, where he talks about sinking ships, fishy foot nibbling, the town's newest locals, Kate and Wills, and a mayor whose eccentricity puts Boris to shame...

0303Basingstoke2011122020120625
20111227 (BBC7)
20150823 (BBC7)

In this third series comedian Mark Steel visits 6 more UK towns to discover what makes them and their inhabitants distinctive.

He creates a bespoke stand-up show for that town and performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as shedding light on the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During the series 'Mark Steel's In Town' Mark will visit Berwick-Upon Tweed, Holyhead, Basingstoke, Douglas (Isle of Man), Bungay and Wigan.

Episode 3 - In this episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Basingstoke, where he talks about war with the Salvation Army, prehistoric roundabouts and a rather unusual world record set in a shopping centre.

Written by Mark Steel with additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

In this episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Basingstoke, where he talks about war with the Salvation Army, prehistoric roundabouts and a rather unusual world record set in a shopping centre.

0304Douglas (isle Of Man)2011122720120702
20120103 (BBC7)
20150830 (BBC7)

In this third series comedian Mark Steel visits 6 more UK towns to discover what makes them and their inhabitants distinctive.

He creates a bespoke stand-up show for that town and performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as shedding light on the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During the series 'Mark Steel's In Town' Mark will visit Berwick-Upon Tweed, Holyhead, Basingstoke, Douglas (Isle of Man), Bungay and Wigan.

Episode 4 - In this episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Douglas on the Isle of Man, to discuss space travel, fairy bridges and the mystery - or otherwise - of Gef the Talking Mongoose.

Written by Mark Steel with additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

In this episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Douglas on the Isle of Man, to discuss space travel, fairy bridges and the mystery - or otherwise - of Gef the Talking Mongoose.

0305Bungay2012010320120709
20120110 (BBC7)
20150906 (BBC7)

In this third series comedian Mark Steel visits 6 more UK towns to discover what makes them and their inhabitants distinctive.

He creates a bespoke stand-up show for that town and performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as shedding light on the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During the series 'Mark Steel's In Town' Mark will visit Berwick-Upon Tweed, Holyhead, Basingstoke, Douglas (Isle of Man), Bungay and Wigan.

Episode 5 - In this episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Bungay in Suffolk, where he talks about non-existent castles, haunted pubs and chicken roundabouts.

Written and performed by Mark Steel with additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

In this episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Bungay in Suffolk, where he talks about non-existent castles, haunted pubs and chicken roundabouts.

0306Wigan2012011020150913 (BBC7)

In this third series comedian Mark Steel visits 6 more UK towns to discover what makes them and their inhabitants distinctive.

He creates a bespoke stand-up show for that town and performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as shedding light on the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During the series 'Mark Steel's In Town' Mark will visit Berwick-Upon Tweed, Holyhead, Basingstoke, Douglas (Isle of Man), Bungay and Wigan.

Episode 6 - In this episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Wigan, where he talks about entering pie eating competitions, living under floorboards, and the radicalism of George Formby.

Written and performed by Mark Steel with additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

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20120117 (BBC7)

In this third series comedian Mark Steel visits 6 more UK towns to discover what makes them and their inhabitants distinctive.

He creates a bespoke stand-up show for that town and performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as shedding light on the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During the series 'Mark Steel's In Town' Mark will visit Berwick-Upon Tweed, Holyhead, Basingstoke, Douglas (Isle of Man), Bungay and Wigan.

Episode 6 - In this episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Wigan, where he talks about entering pie eating competitions, living under floorboards, and the radicalism of George Formby.

Written and performed by Mark Steel with additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant

Mark performs in Wigan, talking about pie-eating and the radicalism of George Formby.

In this episode Mark performs a show for the residents of Wigan, where he talks about entering pie eating competitions, living under floorboards, and the radicalism of George Formby

0401Whitehaven2012112820121205 (BBC7)
20160104 (R4)

Comedian Mark Steel returns with a new series to look under the surface of UK towns.

Comedian Mark Steel returns with a new series, looking under the surface of some of the UK's more distinctive towns to shed some light on the people, history, rivalries, slang, traditions, and eccentricities that makes them unique.

Creating a bespoke stand-up set for each town, Mark performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as examining the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During this 4th series of 'Mark Steel's In Town', Mark will visit Tobermory, Whitehaven, Handsworth, Ottery St Mary, Corby, and Chipping Norton.

This week, Mark visits Whitehaven, to discuss surrealist pirates, the dubious origins of rum butter, and the unreassuring link between rugby and nuclear power.

Additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

0402Tobermory2012120520121212 (BBC7)
20160111 (R4)

Comedian Mark Steel returns with a new series, looking under the surface of some of the UK's more distinctive towns to shed some light on the people, history, rivalries, slang, traditions, and eccentricities that makes them unique.

Creating a bespoke stand-up set for each town, Mark performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as examining the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During this 4th series of 'Mark Steel's In Town', Mark will visit Tobermory, Whitehaven, Handsworth, Ottery St Mary, Corby, and Chipping Norton.

This week, Mark visits Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, to discuss kid's TV-rage, underwear odysseys, and supercilious sea eagles.

Additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant

Comedian Mark Steel visits the Isle of Mull to take a look under the surface of Tobermory.

0403Handsworth2012121220121219 (BBC7)
20160118 (R4)

Comedian Mark Steel returns with a new series, looking under the surface of some of the UK's more distinctive towns to shed some light on the people, history, rivalries, slang, traditions, and eccentricities that makes them unique.

Creating a bespoke stand-up set for each town, Mark performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as examining the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During this 4th series of 'Mark Steel's In Town', Mark will visit Tobermory, Whitehaven, Handsworth, Ottery St Mary, Corby, and Chipping Norton.

This week, Mark takes a trip to Handsworth in Birmingham to explore reggae and riots, white supremacist gardening, and how takeaway food affects the time space continuum.

Additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant

Comedian Mark Steel explores reggae, riots and white supremacist gardening in Handsworth.

0404Ottery St Mary2012121920121226 (BBC7)
20160125 (R4)

Comedian Mark Steel returns with a new series, looking under the surface of some of the UK's more distinctive towns to shed some light on the people, history, rivalries, slang, traditions, and eccentricities that makes them unique.

Creating a bespoke stand-up set for each town, Mark performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as examining the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During this 4th series of 'Mark Steel's In Town', Mark will visit Tobermory, Whitehaven, Handsworth, Ottery St Mary, Corby, and Chipping Norton.

This week, Mark visits Ottery St Mary in Devon to discuss Coleridge's embarrassing childhood, pixies, and what happens when you put five thousand people in a square with a lit tar barrel.

Additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

Comedian Mark Steel visits Ottery St Mary in Devon to discuss Coleridge's childhood.

0405Corby2012122620130102 (BBC7)
20160201 (R4)

Comedian Mark Steel returns with a new series, looking under the surface of some of the UK's more distinctive towns to shed some light on the people, history, rivalries, slang, traditions, and eccentricities that makes them unique.

Creating a bespoke stand-up set for each town, Mark performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as examining the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During this 4th series of 'Mark Steel's In Town', Mark will visit Tobermory, Whitehaven, Handsworth, Ottery St Mary, Corby, and Chipping Norton.

This week, Mark visits Corby to uncover an unlikely town rivalry, the extraordinary story behind a baffling accent, and the truth behind the trouser press rumours...

Additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

Mark uncovers an unlikely town rivalry and the story behind a baffling accent.

0406Chipping Norton2013010220160208 (R4)

Comedian Mark Steel returns with a new series, looking under the surface of some of the UK's more distinctive towns to shed some light on the people, history, rivalries, slang, traditions, and eccentricities that makes them unique.

Creating a bespoke stand-up set for each town, Mark performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as examining the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During this 4th series of 'Mark Steel's In Town', Mark will visit Tobermory, Whitehaven, Handsworth, Ottery St Mary, Corby, and Chipping Norton.

This week, Mark visits Chipping Norton and uncovers the relationship between the Camerons, the Clarksons, and a town full of rebels.

Additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

0406 LASTChipping Norton2013010220130109 (BBC7)

Comedian Mark Steel visits Chipping Norton to perform a stand-up show all about the town.

Comedian Mark Steel returns with a new series, looking under the surface of some of the UK's more distinctive towns to shed some light on the people, history, rivalries, slang, traditions, and eccentricities that makes them unique.

Creating a bespoke stand-up set for each town, Mark performs the show in front of a local audience.

As well as examining the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

During this 4th series of 'Mark Steel's In Town', Mark will visit Tobermory, Whitehaven, Handsworth, Ottery St Mary, Corby, and Chipping Norton.

This week, Mark visits Chipping Norton and uncovers the relationship between the Camerons, the Clarksons, and a town full of rebels.

Additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Produced by Sam Bryant.

0501Glastonbury2014010820140115 (BBC7)
20150102 (R4)

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a fifth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and does a bespoke evening of comedy in each one.

As every high street slowly morphs into a replica of the next, Mark Steel's in Town celebrates the parochial, the local and the unusual. From Corby's rivalry with Kettering to the word you can't say in Portland, the show has taken in the idiosyncrasies of towns up and down the country, from Kirkwall to Penzance, from Holyhead to Bungay.

This first edition of the series comes from Glastonbury, Somerset, which lives up to every expectation of being the most new-agey, hippyish town Mark has ever visited. He talks about the Tor and King Arthur, visits the two chain shops on the High Street, is given an unusual reason for not being able to get into his dressing room, and makes a crucial mistake when it comes to cider.

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Trudi Stevens

Producer... Ed Morrish.

Mark Steel visits Glastonbury in Somerset for another programme of travelling stand-up.

0502Derry - Londonderry2014011520140122 (BBC7)
20150109 (R4)

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a fifth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and does a bespoke evening of comedy in each one.

As every high street slowly morphs into a replica of the next, Mark Steel's in Town celebrates the parochial, the local and the unusual. From Corby's rivalry with Kettering to the word you can't say in Portland, the show has taken in the idiosyncrasies of towns up and down the country, from Kirkwall to Penzance, from Holyhead to Bungay.

This edition comes from Derry/Londonderry in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, where the problems start with deciding which name to actually use. Mark also looks at the somewhat contentious history of the city, the impact of being the 2013 City of Culture, the local dialect, and the new bridge that's got everyone talking in this jam-packed half-hour show. (It would have been quicker, but he used the local trains.)

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Trudi Stevens

Producer... Ed Morrish.

Mark's problems start with deciding which name to actually use.

0503St Davids2014012220140129 (BBC7)
20150116 (R4)

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a fifth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and does a bespoke evening of comedy in each one.

As every high street slowly morphs into a replica of the next, Mark Steel's in Town celebrates the parochial, the local and the unusual. From Corby's rivalry with Kettering to the word you can't say in Portland, the show has taken in the idiosyncrasies of towns up and down the country, from Kirkwall to Penzance, from Holyhead to Bungay.

This edition comes from St Davids, Pembrokeshire, which is technically a city - with the emphasis on the technically. He discusses lifeboats, art and wildlife, and discovers that in this sleepy coastal community, they are sometimes very rude but sometimes very, very friendly. Almost too friendly. But only if you're into that sort of thing.

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Trudi Stevens

Producer... Ed Morrish.

Where the locals are sometimes very rude but sometimes almost too friendly.

0504Southall2014012920140205 (BBC7)
20150123 (R4)

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a fifth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and does a bespoke evening of comedy in each one.

As every high street slowly morphs into a replica of the next, Mark Steel's in Town celebrates the parochial, the local and the unusual. From Corby's rivalry with Kettering to the word you can't say in Portland, the show has taken in the idiosyncrasies of towns up and down the country, from Kirkwall to Penzance, from Holyhead to Bungay.

This edition comes from Southall in Middlesex, which is also known as "little India" due to the large Asian community there. Mark tried the local food - Jalebi, Paan, Pakora - that can seem alien to someone who grew up in 1960s Kent. The twin landmarks of Heathrow Airport and the Sikh temple dominate the area, with the latter proving more popular as Mark also discusses football, astrology and bank openings.

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Trudi Stevens

Producer... Ed Morrish.

Mark Steel visits Southall in Middlesex for another programme of travelling stand-up.

0505Birkenhead2014020520140212 (BBC7)
20150130 (R4)

Mark visits Birkenhead, Wirral, where the local life has included monks and a Bantam Army.

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a fifth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and does a bespoke evening of comedy in each one.

As every high street slowly morphs into a replica of the next, Mark Steel's in Town celebrates the parochial, the local and the unusual. From Corby's rivalry with Kettering to the word you can't say in Portland, the show has taken in the idiosyncrasies of towns up and down the country, from Kirkwall to Penzance, from Holyhead to Bungay.

This edition comes from Birkenhead, Wirral, where the landscape may be dominated by the shipyard but the local life has also included monks, a "Bantam Army", one of the quirkiest bands in the country, and a pub inside a barbershop. You will also find out why this edition of Mark Steel's In Town was probably the inspiration for Woody Allen's Manhattan.

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Trudi Stevens

Producer... Ed Morrish.

0506 LASTHuddersfield2014021220140219 (BBC7)
20150206 (R4)

Mark Steel visits Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, the home of Last of the Summer Wine.

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a fifth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and does a bespoke evening of comedy in each one.

As every high street slowly morphs into a replica of the next, Mark Steel's in Town celebrates the parochial, the local and the unusual. From Corby's rivalry with Kettering to the word you can't say in Portland, the show has taken in the idiosyncrasies of towns up and down the country, from Kirkwall to Penzance, from Holyhead to Bungay.

This final edition of the series comes from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, the historical home of Luddism, rugby league, and Last Of The Summer Wine. Mark delights the audience at the Lawrence Batley Theatre with his views on local crime, brass bands, and by not spending any money whilst on stage.

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Trudi Stevens

Producer... Ed Morrish.

0601Fleetwood2015051920150526 (BBC7)
20150527 (BBC7)

Mark Steel visits the Lancashire seaside town of Fleetwood and performs for the locals.

Mark Steel's In Town - Fleetwood

"Welcome to Fleetwood - Where Breastfeeding Is Always Welcome"

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a sixth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.

In the first programme, Mark visits the Lancashire Seaside Town of Fleetwood, the first planned town of the Victorian era. Home of Fisherman's Friend lozenges, the first female professional boxer Jane Couch, and trams. Originally built as a port to be the main stop off point between London and Scotland before railway engineers spoilt all that by building a line through the lake district. Mark discovers a proud town full of optimistic people, that is, until you mention Blackpool.

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Hayley Stirling

Producer... Carl Cooper

This is a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

0602Melton Mowbray2015052620150602 (BBC7)
20150603 (BBC7)

Mark Steel visits the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray and performs for the locals.

'Melton Mowbray - Rural Capital of Food'

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a sixth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.

In the second episode Mark visits the Leicestershire Town of Melton Mowbray where he discovers that as well as being the home of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and Stilton Cheese, it has also coincidentally, been officially ranked the most obese area of Leicestershire. He looks at the history of fox hunting in the area, meets several eccentric local residents including a crime fighting milk man and he tries to get to the bottom of who and what is the Melton Mowbray Town Estate, a mysterious organisation established in 1549.

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Hayley Stirling

Producer... Carl Cooper.

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Mark Steel visits the Shropshire town of Shrewsbury and performs for the local residents.

Mark Steel's In Town - Shrewsbury

"Floreat Salopia - May Shrewsbury Flourish"

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a sixth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.

In the third programme, Mark visits the Shropshire Town of Shrewsbury, birthplace of Charles Darwin and home to the oldest building in the world to house a McDonalds.

Mark finds Shrewsbury to be a beautiful place with an identity crisis. Once in Wales, but now in England, Shrewsbury is a peaceful town with a bloody history. As one local points out, "We killed Owain Glyndwr outside WH Smith".

An Idyllic setting in a loop of the river Severn, with its beautiful public gardens designed by Percy Thrower, patrolled daily by a Croatian nightclub bouncer.

Voted the politest town in Britain, the locals have very little to complain about. Apart from the disagreements over the buildings... and the statues... and the one-way system... and most of all, how to pronounce the name of the place.

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Hayley Sterling

Producer... Carl Cooper

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

Mark finds Shrewsbury to be a beautiful place with an identity crisis. Once in Wales, but now in England, Shrewsbury is a peaceful town with a bloody history. As one local points out, "We killed Owain Glyndŵr outside WH Smith".

Production co-ordinator... Hayley Stirling

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Mark Steel visits the County Durham town of Barnard Castle and performs for the locals.

Mark Steel's In Town - Barnard Castle

"Barnard Castle - The Hidden Gem"

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a sixth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.

His tour of local towns continues as Mark Steel visits the County Durham town of Barnard Castle. A picturesque place - home to a castle, friendly locals and one of the most impressive and surprising museums on earth (really, it's ridiculous). In spite of all this, hardly anyone knows the town exists. Attempting to reach 'Barney' by public transport is not an easy task, taking so long that Mark begins to wonder if in fact it is a real place at all.

Mark speaks to local policeman PC Steven Purchase about the alarmingly low levels of crime in the area; marvels at the majesty of a silver, clockwork swan and tries to get to the bottom of why the people of Barnard Castle seem to keep the place such a secret.

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Hayley Sterling

Producer... Carl Cooper

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

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"Keep an eye on Paisley..." Benjamin Disraeli

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a sixth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.

In the penultimate episode Mark Steel visits the Renfrewshire town of Paisley, in Scotland, but definitely not in Glasgow. The largest town in Scotland, Paisley has a rich history; being at the centre of the weaving industry it gave its name to the famous Paisley pattern, as well as being the site of a landmark legal battle involving a snail in a bottle of ginger beer which led to a change in consumer law. More recently, Paisley elected Mhairi Black, the youngest MP since 1832.

Whilst in town Mark visits a 'Car Park In The Sky', has a wander round a 12th century Abbey with alien gargoyles and ends up having a game of pool with a dog called Murphy.

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Hayley Sterling

Producer... Carl Cooper

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

Mark Steel visits the Renfrewshire town of Paisley and performs for the locals.

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Mark Steel performs for the locals of Saint Anne, Alderney, in the Channel Islands.

Mark Steel's In Town - Saint Anne - Alderney.

"Alderney. So close, so different"

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a sixth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.

For the final episode Mark Steel visits Alderney in the Channel Islands. After a terrifying ride in a tiny yellow plane called Joey, Mark spends his first day on the island trying to buy new trousers (there is no causal connection between these two events). It's not the easiest place to buy trousers, he eventually gets a pair with zips on from a bicycle shop.

Mark meets an organic pic farmer who is also a radiologist, gets lost on a guided nature walk and visits an a old Nazi bunker which is now an Aussie BBQ hang out. Blond Hedgehogs, seven species of dragonfly, beaches, bird life and tax bonuses. What a strange place. Lovely though, and worth the effort to get to.

Written and performed by... Mark Steel

Additional material by... Pete Sinclair

Production co-ordinator... Hayley Sterling

Producer... Carl Cooper

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.