Richard Collins investigates the world of the musically inexpensive.
The humble kazoo takes up the whole of today's show.
Richard meets an all-female kazoo band from Boston, discusses technique with Tim Brooke-taylor and Graham Garden of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue and is subjected to the loud noise of Canada's Nihilist Spasm band, which features two customised kazoos, neither of which sounds remotely like a kazoo.
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Richard Collins concludes his exploration of cheap musical instruments from around the world with the swannee, slide or song-whistle.
He visits Simon Topman of Birmingham's Hudson's Whistles, makers of the definitive acme slide-whistle, learns how the swannee takes the female role in I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, meets Oliver Postgate, creator of The Clangers and discovers how the creatures from outer space came to talk.