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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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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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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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?

0201The Comeback Special2005032220060504
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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.

0202Love Songs2005032920060511
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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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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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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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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 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.