The Smith Lectures

Professor Arthur Smith welcomes listeners to a new term at The University of Tooting Bec as he delivers eight more lectures.

The opinions of Professor Smith will, as usual, be reinforced by a selection of top quality archive comedy.

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0101A Broad Overview19980221

Professor Arthur Smith welcomes listeners to a new term at The University of Tooting Bec as he delivers eight more lectures.

The opinions of Professor Smith will, as usual, be reinforced by a selection of top quality archive comedy.

Arthur Smith presents a new six-part series investigating the state of comedy as we approach the end of the millennium.

The first programme gives a broad overview of the topics to be covered in upcoming programmes.

010219980228

Arthur Smith presents a six-part series investigating the state of comedy as we approach the end of the millennium. In the second programme he looks at the divide separating comedians like Bernard Manning, Jim Davidson and Bobby Davro from comedians like Eddie Izzard, Alexei Sayle and Rik Mayall

0103Light And Low19980307

Arthur Smith presents a six-part series investigating the state of comedy as we approach the end of the millennium. In the third programme, he looks at the difference between high and low comedy.

0104Steve Coogan19980314

Arthur Smith presents a six-part series investigating the state of comedy as we approach the end of the millennium.

In the fourth programme, he looks at the work of Steve Coogan, whom he terms ``the greatest iconoclast of the last 40 years''.

0105Irish And American19980321

Arthur Smith presents a six-part series investigating the state of comedy as we approach the end of the millennium.

In the fifth programme, he discusses Irish and American comedy.

Featured in the programme are Steve Martin, Emo Phillips, Greg Proops and Jack Benny.

0106 LAST19980328

Arthur Smith presents a six-part series investigating the state of comedy as we approach the end of the millennium. The last programme features the very best of comedians from Billy Connolly to John Cleese, from John Shuttleworth to Frankie Howerd

020119990116
0202Life From Birth To Death19990123

This instalment of Arthur Smith's eight-part series about comedy begins a pair of programmes looking at life from birth to death. With contributions from Jenny Eclair, Peter Cook, Hattie Hayridge, Dylan Moran, Matt Welcome and Vivian Stanshall.

0203Life From Birth To Death Again19990130

Arthur Smith presents an eight-part series about comedy.

020419990206
020519990213

Arthur Smith presents the fifth instalment of an eight-part series about comedy.

0206Parody19990220

Arthur Smith presents the sixth instalment of an eight-part series about comedy. In this programme, he turns his attention to the art of parody.

0207Cliche19990227

Arthur Smith presents the seventh instalment of an eight-part series about comedy. In this programme, he looks at the comedy cliche.

0208 LASTVox Pop19990306

Arthur Smith explores comedy. In this programme, he focuses on vox pop - the voice of the man on the street.

0301Nostalgia19991106

Arthur Smith returns with a seven-part comedy series. This first programme deals with nostalgia and features contributions from Alan Davies, Patricia Routledge, Fry and Laurie, Jack Dee, Les Dawson, the Ovaltineys, and the Grumbleweeds.

0302The British Character19991113

Arthur Smith presents a seven-part comedy series. This second programme investigates the British character and features contributions from Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmonson, Mrs Merton, Alan Partridge, Jo Brand, Harold and Albert Steptoe, Lenny Henry, Kenneth Horne, Sacha Distel, Morecambe and Wise and Sir John Gielgud

0303Compelled To Perform19991120

Arthur Smith presents a seven-part comedy series. This third programme investigates the reason why some people feel compelled to perform. Featuring contributions from Hancock and Kerr, Neil Hamburger, Burns and Allen, Lee and Herring, Steve Martin and Jack Dee

0304A History Of Rock19991127

Arthur Smith presents a seven-part comedy series.

This fourth programme, a history of rock, features contributions from Eddie Murphy, Stan Freberg, Bad News, Alastair Cooke, Professor Stanley Unwin, Vic Reeves, Frank Sidebottom and Lee Hurst

0305Complete History Of The World 119991204

Arthur Smith presents a seven-part comedy series. This fifth programme is the first of a two-parter attempting to cover the complete history of the world, from the invention of the wheel to the invention of the wheel clamp. With contributions from Mel Brooks, Monty Python, Leslie Phillips, Terry-Thomas, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Benny Hill, Eddie Izzard and Orson Welles

0306Complete History Of The World 219991211

Arthur Smith presents a seven-part comedy series. This penultimate programme is the second of a two-parter attempting to cover the complete history of the world. With contributions from Bob Hope, Jackie Mason, Jeremy Hardy, Eddie Izzard, Peter Sellers, Craig Ferguson, Robert Klein and Peter Cook

0307 LASTChristmas19991218

Arthur Smith presents the last instalment of the comedy series. It focuses on Christmas and all the cliches associated with the period. With contributions from Adam Sandler, Bob Rivers, Stanley Unwin, Mrs Merton, Greg Proops, Max Bacon, Lily Savage and Ken Dodd

0401Science And Technology20010512

Arthur Smith returns with a ten-part comedy series. This first programme takes science and technology as its subject and features contributions from Eddie Izzard, Lee Evans, Ed Byrne and Jeff Foxworthy, and music from the Texas Chainsaw Orchestra.

0402Culture And Opera20010519

Arthur Smith presents a ten-part comedy series. This second programme focuses on culture and the world of opera and features contributions from Richard Pryor, Arnold Brown, Omid Djalili and Martin and Molloy.

0403Health And Efficiency20010526

Arthur Smith presents a ten-part comedy series.

In this third programme, he takes health and efficiency as his topic and features contributions from Rhona Cameron, the 12th Man, Sean Meo, Chris Rush, Milton Jones, Struck Off and Die and Richard Jeni.

0404The Turn20010609

Arthur Smith presents a ten-part comedy series. In this edition, he looks at the cornerstone of the British Light Entertainment industry - the turn. Early showbusiness struggles are recalled by Neil Hamburger, the Jerk Boys, Lily Savage, Stan Freberg and Jack Dee

0405Unscripted Humour20010616

Arthur Smith presents a ten-part comedy series.

In this edition, he discusses unscripted humour.

The programme includes vox pops, bloopers, outtakes and off-the-cuff comedy from the likes of Chris Morris, the Scaffold, the Frantics, Tony Martin and Anton.

0406Money20010623

Arthur Smith presents a ten-part comedy series.

In this edition, his subject is money, with valuable advice on how to get it and - once you've got it - how to keep it.

With contributions from Ken Dodd, Arnold Brown, Jack Dee, Rik Mayall and Ade Edmonson.

0407Fashion And Youth Culture20010630

Arthur Smith presents a ten-part comedy series.

In this edition, his subject is fashion and youth culture, with contributions from the Cast of Idiots, Rhona Cameron, Denis Leary, Rik Mayall, Ade Edmonson and Jim Bowen.

0408The Great Indoors20010707

Arthur Smith presents a ten-part comedy series. In this edition, he explores the Great Indoors, with contributions from Simon B. Cotter, Alan Davies, Jack Dee, Jeremy Hardy, Andy Parsons and John Shuttleworth

0409The Story Of Broadcasting20010714

Arthur Smith presents a ten-part comedy series. In this edition, his subject is the Story of Broadcasting, with contributions from George Carlin, Richard Jeni, Lily Savage, Weird Al Yankovic and Mike Myers.

0410 LAST20010721

Arthur Smith concludes his ten-part comedy series.

04HALLOWEENArthur Smith's Trick And Treat Show20011031

Arthur Smith presents a special one-off edition of `The Smith Lectures', featuring comedy clips on the theme of Halloween

0501A Brief History Of Time20020202

Arthur Smith returns with an eight-part comedy series.

This first programme takes `A Brief History of Time' as its subject.

0502The Urge To Merge20020209

Arthur Smith presents an eight-part comedy series. This second programme takes `The Urge to Merge' as its subject.

0503Cheap Package Tour20020216

In this programme he takes a cheap package tour of comedy and song.

0504On The Town With Arthur Smith20020223

Arthur Smith presents an eight-part comedy series. In this fourth programme, he takes `On the Town with Arthur Smith' as his theme.

0505The Four Seasons20020302

In this fifth programme, he takes `The Four Seasons' as his theme.

0506Arthurs Mind And Body Show20020309

Arthur Smith presents an eight-part comedy series. In this sixth programme, he takes `Arthur's Mind and Body Show' as his theme.

050720020316

Arthur Smith presents an eight-part comedy series. This seventh programme features contributions from Peter Cook, Eddie Izzard and Gilda Radner among others.

0508 LASTMusic And Humour20020323

Arthur Smith concludes an eight-part comedy series. In this last programme, he gives an insight into the relationship between music and humour.

0601The Wireless20020914

Arthur Smith returns with a ten-part comedy series. This first programme takes `The wireless' as its subject.

0602The Spoken Word - A Guide To Appropriate And Inappropriate Speech20020921

Arthur Smith presents a ten-part comedy series. This second programme takes `The Spoken Word - A Guide to Appropriate and Inappropriate Speech' as its subject.

0603Light Entertainment20020928

Arthur Smith presents a ten-part comedy series. In this third programme he takes an in-depth look at the Light Entertainment Industry.

0604The Pictures20021005
0605The Old Jokes Home20021012

Arthur Smith introduces comedy clips featuring performrers including Richard Jeni, Phill Jupitus, Jo Brand, Jack Dee and Jimeoin.

0606The Television20021019

: Arthur Smith introduces comedy clips featuring performers including Phill Jupitus, Peter Cook, Jerry Sadowitz, Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock and Ed Byrne

0607Trick Or Treat20021026

Trick and Treat Show: Arthur Smith introduces comedy clips on a Halloween theme featuring performers including Eddie Izzard, Vivian Stanshall, the Kipper Family and Kenneth Williams

0608The Theatre20021102

: Arthur Smith introduces comedy clips featuring performers including Martin and Molloy, Rhona Cameron, Boris Karloff, National Lampoon, Marty Feldman and Steptoe and Son.

0609Music And Humour20021109

Arthur Smith attempts to give an insight into the relationship between music and humour. Featuring performers including The Goldberg and Solomon Opera Company and PDQ Bach.

0610 LASTThe Sum Of Human Knowledge20021116

Arthur Smith attempts to cram the sum of human knowledge into one lecture. Featuring the Jerky Boys, Eddie Izzard, Victor Lewis Smith and Steve Martin.

0701Arthurs Caff20030301

This programme celebrates eating and drinking.

0702Health And Efficency20030308
0703Literature20030315

Arthur Smith presents the third in a 12-part comedy series. In this programme he attempts to cover the best bits of the greatest works of literature.

0704Transportation20030322

This programme celebrates human transportation in all its forms, from the invention of the wheel, to the invention of the wheel-clamp.

0705Sporting Achievement20030329

This week's Smith Lecture serves both as a celebration of sporting achievement, and as a guide to achieving physical perfection. It comes direct from the gymnasium at The University of Tooting Bec.

0706The Old Jokes Home - Again20030405

In this week's lecture Professor Arthur Smith pays another visit to 'The Old Jokes Home' and attempts to explain why the British public loves nothing more than a joke it already knows really well.

0707Grooming20030412

In this week's lecture, Professor Arthur Smith comes direct from the washroom at the University of Tooting Bec, where he covers the topic of grooming.

0708Around The World20030419

This week's lecture from the University of Tooting Bec takes the form of a 27-minute trip around the world and features some of the best comedy to be found there.

0709Communication20030426

In this week's comical lecture Arthur Smith takes communication as his theme, with an ambitious soundscape celebrating the technological advances in what used to be known as talking to each other.

0710Art20030503

In this week's comical lecture Arthur Smith takes Art as his subject and features contributions from Neil Hamburger, Thea Vidale, the Cowards, and National Lampoon.

0711A Day In The Life20030510

Arthur Smith presents the penultimate programme in a 12-part comedy series.

Today's subject is A Day in the Life, as Arthur attempts to cram an entire working day into less than half an hour.

0712 LASTMusic20030517

Arthur Smith concludes his 12-part comedy series with a music show, featuring among others, Inward Singing from Tenacious D and Surrealist Opera from Jerry Colonna.

0801Love20040214

Arthur Smith returns with an eight -part comedy series.

His first lecture is on the subject of love, and features clips from Jo Brand, Bill Engvall, Jeff Green and Bill Hicks

0802February20040221

Arthur Smith presents the second in an eight-part comedy series.

In this lecture, he asks what the point of February is.

0803Rites Of Passage20040228

Arthur Smith presents an eight-part comedy series.

In this lecture, his subject is Rites of Passage, with classic archive clips from comedy greats, old and new.

0804The Pursuit Of Pleasure20040306

The fourth lecture of the series is entitled The Pursuit of Pleasure, in which Professor Arthur Smith concerns himself with the little things that make life worth living.

0805The Entertainment Industry20040313

The fifth lecture of the series in which Professor Arthur Smith embarks on a close examination of the entertainment industry.

Featuring Emo Philips and Tony Hancock

0806The Family20040320

The sixth lecture of the series sees Professor Arthur Smith embark on a close examination of the family.

0807Work And Recreation20040327

The nominal subject for this week's Smith Lecture is Work and Recreation - being a useful and instructive guide to making money and then losing it again.

0808 LASTMusic20040403

In the final lecture of the series, Professor Arthur Smith presents his traditional end of term music show.

Further harmony and hilarity is provided by Barry Cryer and Eric Idle

0901A Smith Safari20040724

Arthur Smith returns with an eight-part comedy series, beginning with a comedic tour around the Animal Kingdom.

0902The Parameters Of Socially Acceptable Behaviour20040731

Arthur Smith takes a comic look at etiquette and ponders the unwritten laws of drinking, and the correct way to behave in front of a policeman.

0903Arthur's All New Health And Efficiency Show20040807

guaranteed to contain more Doctor jokes than you can shake a thermometer at. Side effects may include itching, anxiety and poor sexual performance.

0904National Identity20040814

This week's lecture from The University of Tooting Bec is entitled National Identity and takes the form of a trip around the world, or at least the nearest bits of it.

0905Return To Arthur's Caff20040821

Direct from the College Refectory.

090620040828

Arthur Smith presents the sixth in an eight-part comedy series.

0907Technology20040904

This week's lecture from The University of Tooting Bec (special rates for cash) concerns technology. Featuring hi-tech humour from Peter Kay, Al Murray, Suzi Berger and Alonzo Bodden.

090820040911

Professor Arthur Smith gives a useful and instructive talk which supplies us with a profound insight into the relationship between music and humour.

0909The Seven Deadly Sins20040918

9/10. This week it's Arthur Smith's guide to The Seven Deadly Sins, a one-off special which attempts to cram the entire spectrum of inappropriate human behaviour into less than 30 minutes.

0910 LASTSexuality20040925

In the last of his ten-part comedy series, Arthur Smith uses the topic of sexuality as an excuse to play some rather rude comedy clips.

1001The Human Life Cycle20041211

The opening lecture concerns the human life cycle and will make use of high quality material from the radio archives.

100220041218

Professor Arthur Smith welcomes you to the Arthur Smith Memorial Christmas Lecture for Speccy Kids Who Read Books.

He guarantees to include all your favourite Christmas cliches.

1003Sporting Achievements2005010820050709

Professor Arthur Smith offers a celebration of sporting achievements and a guide to attaining physical perfection.

Expect to hear from Ian Moore, Dylan Moran, Boothby Graffoe and Al Murray.

This episode was repeated in place of "Its Been A Bad Week" due to the terrorist attacl of London.

1004The Pictures20050115

The subject for this week is The Pictures, with Arthur Smith revisiting the mythical 50s fleapit, the Tooting Bec Ritzy.

Archive comedy comes from Louise Duart, Tommy Cooper and Eddie Izzard

1005Great Moments In History20050122

The subject for this week is Great Moments In History, with Arthur Smith attempting to cover the complete and utter history of the world.

1006 LAST20050129

In the final lecture of the series, Professor Arthur Smith presents his traditional end of term music show.

1101Good And Evil20050430

Arthur Smith returns with a new six-part comedy series.

In his opening lecture, Good and Evil, Smith takes the high ground.

1102Time Off And What You Can Do With It20050507

Arthur Smith, aka Professor Smith, grapples with the very concept of time itself and then shows you how to waste it.

1103New Age20050514

In his lecture entitled New Age, Smith maintains that the body is a temple.

With laughs from Smith and Jones, Murray Roman, Marcus Brigstocke and more.

1104Literature20050521

This week Arthur Smith presents a special University of Tooting Bec 27-minute degree course, which will attempt to cram the best bits of the greatest works of literature into just one lecture.

1105The Great Outdoors20050528
1106Eating And Drinking20050604

This week's lecture from The University of Tooting Bec, comes direct from the College Refectory where Professor Arthur Smith presents his annual guide to eating and drinking.

110720050611

This week thanks to the BBC's Missing-Believed-Wiped campaign, we present an edition of The Smith Lectures that was first broadcast in 1968, a time when Professor Arthur Smith was a young buck.

1108 LAST20050618

Arthur Smith concludes his six-part comedy series with a lecture on music.

Contributions from Rainer Hersch, Dylan Moran, Lewis Black, Bill Bailey, Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden.

120120060204
120220060211

Smith's tri-annual not quite Valentine's Day lecture entitled 'Love makes the world go round or is it in fact the gravitational collapse of accreting materials formed at the beginning of time'.

120320060218

Arthur Smith examines the idea of capitalism by palming off some old material as newly minted insight.

1204The Human Body: A User's Guide20060225

4/10.

Arthur Smith presents the fourth in a ten-part comedy series.

This week's lecture from the University of Tooting Bec is entitled The Human Body: A User's Guide.

120520060304

4/10.

Arthur Smith presents the latest in the series.

This week's lecture from the University of Tooting Bec is entitled The Art of the Performer.

120620060311

Arthur Smith presents a ten-part comedy series.

This afternoon's lecture concerns time, the past, the meaning of history and the nature of nostalgia.

1207On The Town With Arthur Smith20060318

attempting to condense an entire evening out into just 27 minutes.

120820060325

This week's Smith Lecture attempts to lighten the Winter gloom by looking forward to the warmer weather.

120920060401

9/10.

Arthur Smith looks at 101 things you can do with an old routine, the American obsession with airplane humour and why the British love nothing more than a joke they already know.

1210 LAST20060408

Arthur Smith presents his traditional end of term music show, offering a profound insight into the relationship between music and humour.

With Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey and Rainer Hersch

1301The Open Road20061118

This week, Prof Smith puts on his driving gloves to explore The Open Road.

1302Sin20061125

In this week's lecture on Sin, Prof Smith takes the high ground, guiding listeners along the path to fulfilment and spiritual growth by way of religion, meditation and binge drinking.

With archive contributions from Anthony J Brown, Peter Cook, Barry Diamond, Gud John Moloney, Mary Unfaithful and Gina Yashere

130320061202
130420061209

Smith offers his annual guide to eating and drinking, with a variety of food-based comedy clips.

1305The Arthur Smith Memorial Christmas Lecture For Spekky Kids Who Read Books.20061216

The programme includes all favourite cliches associated with the Christmas period and offers a selection of seasonal stuff from the American Comedy Network, Marcus Brigstocke, National Lampoon, Mitchell and Webb, David Nicholls, Patton Oswalt, Iam Stone and Weird Al Yankovic.

Smith also finds time to touch on the subject that lies at the heart of this great Yuletide religious event - shopping.

1401Love20070217

Arthur Smith presents another series of lectures, today on the subject of love.

Including contributions from Alonzo Bodden, Adam Ferrara, Hattie Hayridge, Mitchell and Webb.

1402Fashion And Style20070224
140320070303

Arthur Smith presents another lecture from the University of Tooting Bec, on the subject of sport.

With commentary from Bill Bailey, Hal Cruttendon, Pete Cain, Steve Coogan

140420070310

Arthur Smith presents another lecture from the University of Tooting Bec on the subject of communicating, entitled The Doors of Perception, subtitled The Meaning of Meaning.

1405 LAST20070317

Arthur Smith presents the final lecture in the current series, on the subject of music.

With contributions from Mitch Benn, Spencer Brown, Christian Finnegan, DH Hughly.

150120080112

Arthur Smith presents a new series of lectures.

1502* *20080119

Arthur Smith continues his series of lectures.

1503* A Journey Into Sound20080126

This week, a lecture from The University of Tooting Bec, entitled A Journey into Sound.

1504*20080202

Professor Smith deals with nostalgia, invoking golden memories of childhood, schooldays and adolescence.

1505* * Not Quite Valentine's Day20080209

The professor's 'Not Quite Valentine's Day' Lecture, as he muses about love.

With studio guests Sam Battersea and Janey Slater.

1506*20080216

Professor Smith on artistic endeavour, inspired by the Nine Muses of Greek Mythology - or at least by four of them.

1507* Old Smith's Almanac20080223

Professor Smith presents 'Old Smith's Almanac', an attempt to condense the next 12 months into just 27 minutes.

1508 LAST*20080301
1601The Wireless *20080906

Arthur Smith links comedy radio clips featuring performers including Michael Palin, Kenny Everett, and Australian stand-up comic Jimeoin.

1602Eating And Drinking20080913

Professor Smith offers his annual guide to eating and drinking, direct from Bistro d'Arthur, formerly known as the College Refectory.

Food-based comedy clips include contributions from Todd Barry, Sam Battersea, Jim Gaffigan, Greg Giraldo, John Hegley, the Kipper Family, Dwight Slade, Margaret Smith and John Sparkes

1603The Smith Guide To Capitalism. *20080920

Arthur Smith's lecture from the University of Tooting Bec.

1604The Pitfalls Of Nostalgia20080927

with archive moments from Dylan Moran, John Cleese, Paula Poundstone amongst others.

1605Literature *20081004

This week's lecture focuses on great works of literature, with the majesty of the printed word represented by poetry from Muhammad Ali, Mel Brooks and Spike Milligan, children's stories from Redd Foxx, Shappi Khorsandi and Sid Kipper, and inspirationAl Readings from Peter Cook, Dominic Holland and Fry and Laurie.

1606 LASTMusic *20081011

Arthur Smith concludes his comedy series with a lecture on music.

Contributions from Rainer Hersch, Dylan Moran, Lewis Black, Bill Bailey, Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden