Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music

Now Show stalwart Mitch Benn sets out on a musical journey through the showbiz glitz and backstage litter of pop music.

With musical backing from Tash Baylis and Kirsty Newton.

Featuring: - Mitch Benn, ably hindered by hugely talented John Peel impersonator and Morrissey-obsessive Robin Ince and professional Geordie Alfie Joey.

Songs written by: Mitch Benn Other Bits Written by: Mitch Benn, Robin Ince and Adam Bromley Producer: Adam Bromley.

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1/4. Fans.

Now Show stalwart Mitch Benn sets out on a musical journey through the showbiz glitz and backstage litter of pop music. Fans, who needs them? Well, pop stars, if they want to be pop stars.

With Robin Ince, Alfie Joey, Tash Baylis and Kirsty Newton.

Songs written by Mitch Benn.

Other bits written by Mitch Benn, Robin Ince and Adam Bromley.

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3/4. Excess

Mitch Benn continues his journey through the showbiz glitz and backstage litter of pop music, ably hindered by hugely talented John Peel impersonator Robin Ince and professional Geordie Alfie Joey. Pop excess is the stuff of legends but sometimes it just gets a bit too much.

With musical backing from Tash Baylis and Kirsty Newton.

Featuring: Mitch Benn, Robin Ince, Alfie Joey, Tash Baylis and Kirsty Newton.

Songs written by: Mitch Benn

Other Bits Written by: Mitch Benn, Robin Ince and Adam Bromley

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4/4. Show stalwart Mitch Benn sets out on a journey through the showbiz glitz of pop music. Mitch's career is under threat from satirist Richard Stilgoe.

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1/6. Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of music and comedy. Is it time for a relaunch and a glorious comeback? With Robin Ince, Alfie Joey, Tasha Bayliss and Kirsty Newton.

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What's the perfect long song? Mitch Benn intends to find out by a process of trial and error. Ably assisted by the Distractions and sidekicks Robin and Alfie, Mitch explores the love song with words and music. It's a journey that takes us from 4000 years BC to Dianne Warren power ballads, via Jean Michel Jarre playing the banjo.

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Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of music and comedy. 3/6. Mitch is concerned about his media profile and feels that he should do more to promote himself.

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4/6. Is there a minimum number of people that constitutes a scene? What happens if you're the only mod in Austin, Texas? And why does everything sound like Coldplay? Mitch Benn will be tackling these vital issues via the medium of song and discussing music, life and goths with Alfie Joey and Robin Ince.

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5/6. Mitch in Trouble

Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of music and comedy.

The Inland Revenue have said his Cyberman costume is not a legitimate business experience. Join him as he explores the world of money and music with professional Morrissey botherer Robin Ince, and Lindisfarne's biggest fan Alfie Joey. Highlights include Eminem PFA, and the international mitch franchise.

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Now Show stalwart Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of music and comedy. 6/6. Mitch and the team undertake a journey into the centre of Rick Wakeman.

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1/4. Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of comedy and music. Mitch agrees to a makeover, but it all goes a bit Pete Tong.

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2/4. What is the perfect love song? Mitch Benn intends to find out by a process of trial and error. Ably assisted by The Distractions and sidekicks Robin and Alfie, Mitch explores the love song with words and music. It's a journey that takes us from 4000 years BC to Dianne Warren powerballads, via Jean Michel Jarre playing the banjo.

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3/4. Is there a minimum number of people that constitutes a scene? What happens if you're the only mod in Austin, Texas? And why does everything sound like Coldplay? Mitch Benn will be tackling these vital issues via the medium of song and discussing music, life and Goths with Alfie Joey and Robin Ince.

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4/4. In 'A Journey to the Centre of Rick Wakeman', Mitch and the team must be miniaturised and inserted into Rick to prevent impending war. Their voyage is told through the medium of song. The show includes Morrissey, Caerphilly and Kraftwerk. Do not adjust your set.

Starring Mitch Benn, with Robin Ince, Alfie Joey, Tasha Baylis and Kirsty Newton.

20060613

Mitch Benn returns with a new series of music and comedy, joined by Morrissey-obsessive Robin Ince and the Distractions. Mitch attempts to break America, but is stopped at the border.

20060704

Mitch and his band are stranded on a mysterious desert island after an unfortunate in-flight alpaca barbecue incident. It's an opportunity for Mitch to sing a touching love song.

20070327

Now Show stalwart Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of music and comedy.

1/4. Mitch is refused entry at the US border for violations of the Patriot Act concerning songs mocking Dubya Bush and US foreign policy. He is forced to play a gig in Moosebutt, Canada. Highlights include a ballad from an X-Factor hopeful and the truth behind Franz Ferdinand's musical inspiration.

With Robin Ince, Craig Campbell, Jane Perry, Tasha Bayliss, Kirsty Newton.

Written by Mitch Benn.

20070403

Now Show stalwart Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of music and comedy. 2: Lost in Wales, Mitch decides to play a gig at the first town he finds.

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3/3. Now Show stalwart Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of music and comedy. He finds himself stuck in the departure lounge at Stansted after a budget airline goes bust.

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Now Show stalwart Mitch Benn sets out on a musical journey through the showbiz glitz and backstage litter of pop music.

With musical backing from Tash Baylis and Kirsty Newton.

Featuring: - Mitch Benn, ably hindered by hugely talented John Peel impersonator and Morrissey-obsessive Robin Ince and professional Geordie Alfie Joey.

Songs written by: Mitch Benn Other Bits Written by: Mitch Benn, Robin Ince and Adam Bromley Producer: Adam Bromley.The comedian begins his journey through the glitzy world of pop by asking why stars need fans. Featuring Robin Ince.

Fans - who needs them? Well, pop stars, if they want to be, well, pop stars.

In the first of the series, Now Show stalwart Mitch Benn sets out on a musical journey through the showbiz glitz and backstage litter of pop music.

The comedian begins his journey through the glitzy world of pop by asking why stars need fans.

Featuring Robin Ince.

Episode 1 of 4.

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Now Show stalwart Mitch Benn sets out on a musical journey through the showbiz glitz and backstage litter of pop music.

With musical backing from Tash Baylis and Kirsty Newton.

Featuring: - Mitch Benn, ably hindered by hugely talented John Peel impersonator and Morrissey-obsessive Robin Ince and professional Geordie Alfie Joey.

Songs written by: Mitch Benn Other Bits Written by: Mitch Benn, Robin Ince and Adam Bromley Producer: Adam Bromley.The comedian begins his journey through the world of pop by asking why stars need fans.

The comedian begins his journey through the world of pop by asking why stars need fans.

The comedian begins his journey through the glitzy world of pop by asking why stars need fans. Featuring Robin Ince.

Fans - who needs them? Well, pop stars, if they want to be, well, pop stars.

In the first of the series, Now Show stalwart Mitch Benn sets out on a musical journey through the showbiz glitz and backstage litter of pop music.

The comedian begins his journey through the glitzy world of pop by asking why stars need fans.

Featuring Robin Ince.

Episode 1 of 4.

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The funny musician discovers how death for a rock star can be the start of a new career.

The funny musician discovers how death for a rock star can be the start of a whole new career. With Robin Ince and Alfie Joey

The funny musician discovers how death for a rock star can be the start of a whole new career.

With Robin Ince and Alfie Joey.

This week, Mitch Benn tackles the thorny topic of death in rock and roll.

Mitch Benn is a one-man submersible immersed in music. This week, he tackles the thorny topic of death in rock and roll.

Death comes to us all, but for the rock star, it can be the start of a whole new career.

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The funny musician discovers how death for a rock star can be the start of a whole new career. With Robin Ince and Alfie Joey

The funny musician discovers how death for a rock star can be the start of a whole new career.

With Robin Ince and Alfie Joey.

This week, Mitch Benn tackles the thorny topic of death in rock and roll.

Mitch Benn is a one-man submersible immersed in music. This week, he tackles the thorny topic of death in rock and roll.

Death comes to us all, but for the rock star, it can be the start of a whole new career.

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The comedian presents more jokes and songs.

Pop excess is the stuff of legends but sometimes it just gets a bit too much.

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The Now Show stalwart investigates trappings of the rock and pop lifestyle.

The comedian presents more jokes and songs.

Pop excess is the stuff of legends but sometimes it just gets a bit too much.

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Mitch is trying to prove he's the best musical satirist in the world but his nemesis, Richard Stilgoe, is about to strike back.

Mitch is still trying to prove he's the best musical satirist in the world (or at the very least, on Radio 4).

After all, you can't manufacture greatness.

Not with the current cloning regulations, anyway.

But Mitch's nemesis, satirical stalwart Richard Stilgoe is about to strike back.

Has Robin Ince gone over to the dark side?

Mitch competes with his nemesis for the title of best musical satirist in the world.

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Mitch is trying to prove he's the best musical satirist in the world but his nemesis, Richard Stilgoe, is about to strike back.

Mitch is still trying to prove he's the best musical satirist in the world (or at the very least, on Radio 4).

After all, you can't manufacture greatness.

Not with the current cloning regulations, anyway.

But Mitch's nemesis, satirical stalwart Richard Stilgoe is about to strike back.

Has Robin Ince gone over to the dark side?

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Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of music and comedy.

Is it time for a relaunch and a glorious comeback?

Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of comedy and music.

Mitch agrees to a makeover, but it all goes a bit Pete Tong.

Britain's leading musical satirist (apart from Richard Stilgoe) makes his "comeback" with another series.

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Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of music and comedy.

Is it time for a relaunch and a glorious comeback?

Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of comedy and music.

Mitch agrees to a makeover, but it all goes a bit Pete Tong.

Britain's leading musical satirist (apart from Richard Stilgoe) makes his "comeback" with another series.

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What is the perfect love song? Mitch Benn intends to find out by a process of trial and error.

Ably assisted by The Distractions and sidekicks Robin and Alfie, Mitch explores the love song with words and music.

It's a journey that takes us from 4000 years BC to Dianne Warren powerballads, via Jean Michel Jarre playing the banjo.

Mitch goes in search of the Love Song - via a children's encyclopaedia and ox-bow lakes.

With Robin Ince and Alfie Joey.

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What is the perfect love song? Mitch Benn intends to find out by a process of trial and error.

Ably assisted by The Distractions and sidekicks Robin and Alfie, Mitch explores the love song with words and music.

It's a journey that takes us from 4000 years BC to Dianne Warren powerballads, via Jean Michel Jarre playing the banjo.

Mitch goes in search of the Love Song - via a children's encyclopaedia and ox-bow lakes.

With Robin Ince and Alfie Joey.

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The comedian sets out to discover how many people it takes to create a music scene.

With Alfie Joey and Robin Ince.

Mitch is concerned about his media profile and feels that he should do more to promote himself.

An anarchic mix of music and comedy from Mitch and the team.

This week they ask if there's still such a thing as a music scene.

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The comedian sets out to discover how many people it takes to create a music scene.

With Alfie Joey and Robin Ince.

Mitch is concerned about his media profile and feels that he should do more to promote himself.

An anarchic mix of music and comedy from Mitch and the team.

This week they ask if there's still such a thing as a music scene.

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Musical scrutiny from the Falstaff of the treble clef, who asks whether Cyberman costumes are tax deductible? With Robin Ince.

Musical scrutiny from the Falstaff of the Treble Clef, Mitch Benn.

Are Cyberman costumes tax deductible? Could Mitch go Glam?

Is there a minimum number of people that constitutes a scene? What happens if you're the only mod in Austin, Texas? And why does everything sound like Coldplay? Mitch Benn will be tackling these vital issues via the medium of song and discussing music, life and goths with Alfie Joey and Robin Ince

3/4.

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Musical scrutiny from the Falstaff of the treble clef, who asks whether Cyberman costumes are tax deductible? With Robin Ince.

Musical scrutiny from the Falstaff of the Treble Clef, Mitch Benn.

Are Cyberman costumes tax deductible? Could Mitch go Glam?

Is there a minimum number of people that constitutes a scene? What happens if you're the only mod in Austin, Texas? And why does everything sound like Coldplay? Mitch Benn will be tackling these vital issues via the medium of song and discussing music, life and goths with Alfie Joey and Robin Ince

3/4.

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The Inland Revenue have said his Cyberman costume is not a legitimate business experience.

Join him as he explores the world of money and music with professional Morrissey botherer Robin Ince, and Lindisfarne's biggest fan Alfie Joey.

Highlights include Eminem PFA, and the international mitch franchise.

Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of music and comedy as he tries to increase his media profile.

With Alfie Joey and Robin Ince.

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The Inland Revenue have said his Cyberman costume is not a legitimate business experience.

Join him as he explores the world of money and music with professional Morrissey botherer Robin Ince, and Lindisfarne's biggest fan Alfie Joey.

Highlights include Eminem PFA, and the international mitch franchise.

Mitch Benn presents an anarchic mix of music and comedy as he tries to increase his media profile.

With Alfie Joey and Robin Ince.

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Mitch and the team must be miniaturised and inserted into Rick to prevent impending war.

Their voyage is told through the medium of song.

The show includes Morrissey, Caerphilly and Kraftwerk.

Do not adjust your set.

Starring Mitch Benn, with Robin Ince, Alfie Joey, Tasha Baylis and Kirsty Newton.

The year is 2009 and England and Wales are on the brink of war.

Only Rick Wakeman can avert disaster but he needs Mitch's help.

It's 2009 with England and Wales on the brink of war.

Only Rick Wakeman can avert disaster, but he needs help from Mitch.

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Mitch and the team must be miniaturised and inserted into Rick to prevent impending war.

Their voyage is told through the medium of song.

The show includes Morrissey, Caerphilly and Kraftwerk.

Do not adjust your set.

Starring Mitch Benn, with Robin Ince, Alfie Joey, Tasha Baylis and Kirsty Newton.

The year is 2009 and England and Wales are on the brink of war.

Only Rick Wakeman can avert disaster but he needs Mitch's help.

It's 2009 with England and Wales on the brink of war.

Only Rick Wakeman can avert disaster, but he needs help from Mitch.

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Mitch is refused entry at the US border for violations of the Patriot Act concerning songs mocking Dubya Bush and US foreign policy. He is forced to play a gig in Moosebutt, Canada. Highlights include a ballad from an X-Factor hopeful and the truth behind Franz Ferdinand's musical inspiration.

With Robin Ince, Craig Campbell, Jane Perry, Tasha Bayliss, Kirsty Newton.

Written by Mitch Benn

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Mitch is refused entry at the US border for violations of the Patriot Act concerning songs mocking Dubya Bush and US foreign policy. He is forced to play a gig in Moosebutt, Canada. Highlights include a ballad from an X-Factor hopeful and the truth behind Franz Ferdinand's musical inspiration.

With Robin Ince, Craig Campbell, Jane Perry, Tasha Bayliss, Kirsty Newton.

Written by Mitch Benn

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How do you get to Aberystwyth? Mitch Benn is on tour and is stranded in central Wales, going round in circles. The band decide to gig in the first town they find.

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How do you get to Aberystwyth? Mitch Benn is on tour and is stranded in central Wales, going round in circles. The band decide to gig in the first town they find.

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Mitch Benn's world tour takes him to exotic places, glamorous locations and Stansted. This week he's stranded in the departure lounge after a budget airline goes bust.Trapped in duty free hell with Robin Ince and his band, Mitch is driven crazy by a certain song, played over and again.

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Mitch Benn's world tour takes him to exotic places, glamorous locations and Stansted. This week he's stranded in the departure lounge after a budget airline goes bust.Trapped in duty free hell with Robin Ince and his band, Mitch is driven crazy by a certain song, played over and again.

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Mitch and his band are stranded on a mysterious desert island after an unfortunate in-flight alpaca barbecue incident.

It's an opportunity for Mitch to sing a touching love song.

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Mitch and his band are stranded on a mysterious desert island after an unfortunate in-flight alpaca barbecue incident.

It's an opportunity for Mitch to sing a touching love song.