The Mark Steel Solution

Radical proposals from the comedian to change our lives for the better.

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Decide Economic Policy By Sport20110320 (BBC7)

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's athletic revolution.

From November 1992.

From 1992

Pessimism20081111 (BBC7)
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The radical comedian explains why life is getting harder - and proposes how we can all fight back.

From September 1996.

Episode 4 of 4.

0101The Royal Family Should Be Chosen By A Weekly Lottery1992100920040227 (BBC7)
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This week's topic is that the Royal Family should be chosen by a weekly lottery.

This week - revamping the Royal Family.

Radical proposals designed to change our lives for the better, starting with a makeover for the monarchy.

0102No One Should Live In The Same Family For More Than One Year1992101619921122
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Mark turns his attention to family life and comes up with the novel idea of moving families every year.

This edition argues no-one should live in the same family for over a year.

Another radical proposal from the comedian.

This week: revolutionising family life.

Another radical proposal to improve our lives, the comedian reveals how to revolutionise family life.

0103All Judges Must Be Ex-convicts1992102319921129
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Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's legal shake-up. From October 1992.

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's legal shake-up.

From October 1992.

From 1992.

Criminals should be recruited as high courts judges.

This week, a new approach to choosing judges!

The comedian reveals his shake-up for the British legal system.

0104People Should Start School At The Age Of 351992103019921206
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Radical proposals to improve our lives with the comedian's education shake-up.

Nobody should go to school until they're 35.

Comedian Mark Steel presents a series of humorous arguments.

This edition argues that nobody should go to school until they are 35.

Another radical proposal to change lives for the better.

This week - why school is wasted on youngsters!

Another radical proposal to improve our lives.

The comedian claims that school is wasted on youngsters.

0105Anyone Born In England Should Be Deported1992110620030726 (BBC7)
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Mark Steel raises the question of why people in England are so miserable and recommends mass deportation.

0106 LASTGovernment Economic Policy Should Be Decided Through Sport1992111319921115
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Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's athletic revolution.

All government economic policy should be decided by sport.

Mark Steel airs his views on the government's economic policy and suggests that economics should depend on sports.

Could economics be decided by a football game?

The comedian thinks playing football has better uses.

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's athletic revolution. From November 1992.

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Another radical proposal as the comedian tackles the stresses and strains of the traditional job. From July 1994.

Another radical proposal as the comedian tackles the stresses and strains of the traditional job.

Having a job should be illegal.

Mark Steel presents another deceptively subversive solution to our everyday problems.

This week he tackles unemployment.

Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete SINCLAIR with Kim Wall and Maria Mcerlane.

Mark tries to see the point of work and the workplace.

Comedian Mark Steel presents a series of humorous arguments.

Mark tries to see the point of the work-place and work.

Mark Steel looks at the stresses and strains of the traditional job.

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Another radical proposal as the comedian calls for wacky improvements to Britain's crumbling transport system.

The comedian calls for wacky improvements to Britain's crumbling transport system.

should only be paid for by people who don't use it.

Comedian Mark Steel suggests some wacky improvements to Britain's crumbling transport system.

From July 1994.

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Another radical proposal as the comedian calls for people to be re-housed at random. From July 1994.

Another radical proposal as the comedian calls for people to be re-housed at random.

Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair with Kim Wall and Maria Mcerlane.

Produced by Phil Clarke.

0204 LASTThe Royal Family Should Be Chosen By A Weekly Lottery1994080520080722 (BBC7)
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Mark Steel makes another of his slightly controversial proposals. From April 2004.

0204 LASTThe Royal Family Should Be Chosen By A Weekly Lottery - Revisited1994080519940806
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Mark Steel proposes that the royal family are replaced by a lottery family.

The Royal Family should be chosen by weekly lottery (paraphrasing S01 E01).

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The comedian has more radical advice for his fellow man - get yourself a boyfriend. With Maria McErlane. From August 1995.

The comedian has more radical advice for his fellow man - get yourself a boyfriend.

From August 1995.

0301Sexuality1995080419950805
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""Everyone should have to be gay for two years"".

Mark Steel returns with alternative solutions to everyday problems.

Show 1 from series 3, August 1995.

Mark Steel returns with alternative solutions to everday problems.

Mark Steel has more radical advice for his fellow man - get yourself a boyfriend.

From August 1995.

Comic Mark Steel returns for a new series, with another collection of alternative solutions to our everday problems.

This week- sexual politics.

Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete SINCLAIR.

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The radical comedian questions the motives behind mankind's fundraising efforts for good causes. From August 1995.

The radical comedian questions the motives behind mankind's fundraising efforts for good causes.

From August 1995.

Anybody who gives to charity should be jailed.

Mark presents a highly personal view of the motives behind fundraising and charity work.

A hard hitting comedy view of charity with comedian and journalist Mark Steel.

The comedian questions the motives behind mankind's fundraising efforts for good causes.

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The radical comedian proposes a way of solving punishments for criminal acts, once and for all.

From August 1995.

Criminals should decide their own punishment.

(Uses some sketches from S01 E03).

Mark proposes a way of solving crime once and for all: criminals should decide their own punishment.

Controversial comic Mark Steel tackles another of our modern day social problems.

This week- crime.

Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete SINCLAIR with Kim Wall and Maria Mcerlane.

Produced by Phil Clarke.

The radical comedian proposes a way of solving punishments for criminal acts.

0304 LASTImmigration1995082519960810
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The radical comedian proposes deportation for everyone born in England. From August 1995.

The radical comedian proposes deportation for everyone born in England.

Anyone born in England should be deported.

(paraphrasing S01 E05).

Controversial comic Mark Steel tackles another of our modern day social problems in the last of the series.

This week- immigration.

Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete SINCLAIR with Kim Wall and Maria Mcerlane.

Mark proposes that everyone born in England is deported in an attempt to address English misery and feelings of superiority.

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The radical comedian proposes new ways to solve the lack of understanding between different faiths. From August 1996.

People should have to change their religion every Monday.

Mark has an ideal solution to solving the lack of understanding between religions: Make everyone adopt a new faith every Monday.

Mark has an ideal solution to solving the lack of understanding between religions.

The radical comedian proposes new ways to solve the lack of understanding between different faiths.

From August 1996.

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It's 1996, Chris Evans is on Radio 1, and Mark believes the media has hit an all time low.

Here's his solution - anyone in charge of the media should be sacked after thirty minutes.

It's 1996.

Chris Evans is on Radio 1 and Mark believes the media has hit an all-time low.

Here's his solution.

0402The Media20081028 (BBC7)
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The radical comedian proposes a new way to rescue radio and telly from an all-time low. Chris Evans beware! From August 1996.

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Mark proposes that nobody should go to school until they are 36. With Pete Sinclair and Maria McErlane. From August 1996.

Nobody should go to school until they are 36.

(paraphrasing S01 E04).

Mark proposes that nobody should go to school until they are 36.

From August 1996.

Episode 3 of 4.

0404 LASTLife - Pessimism1996090620040625 (BBC7)
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Pessimists should be persecuted by law.

Have we entered into an age of pessimism? Mark seems to think so.

Of course, School, the Media and Hollywood are all responsible!.

0404 LASTPessimism20081111 (BBC7)
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The radical comedian explains why life is getting harder, and proposes how we can all fight back. With Peter Sinclair and Maria McErlane. From September 1996.