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The man they call 'Britain's Funniest Milton' and the genius in the mad shirts in 'Mock The Week' stars in the fourth series of Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones! co-starring Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr Selfridge, Humans), Josie Lawrence (Who's Line Is It Anyway?), Ben Willbond (Ghosts, Yonderland), Dan Tetsell (Upstart Crow) & Colin Hoult (Russell Howard's Good News). Mention Milton Jones to most people and the first thing they think is 'Help!'. And in this show he has decided to set himself up as a man who can help anyone, anywhere - whether they need it or not. Because, in his own words - 'No problem too problemy'. So when you're close to the edge, then Milton can give you a push... The show comes from Pozzitive, proud producers of Cabin Pressure, Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation, The Brig Society, Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive, Shush! & Kevin Eldon Will See You Now... In the first episode - 'Police, Camera, Milton!' - there is high drama in the line of duty when Milton is asked to form a Police Corruption Unit and takes it a little too literally... In Episode 2, 'The Art Dealer', Milton's attempt to become an international Art Dealer leads to a deadly brush with danger... In the third episode, ('The Theatrical Impresario'), the curtains are up, and Milton's got nothing to hit but the people from the rival theatre who are trying to destroy his theatrical dreams... In Episode 4- 'The Eco Worrier' - Milton goes under the sea to save the earth and stumbles across a mysterious Great Aunt at the same time, while Anton gets his fingers burnt by an old flame. In the fifth episode, 'The Petsman', Milton turns to social media to calm things down when dog and cat owners go to war... because that usually works, right? ... And in the final episode, 'The Cruiseman', Milton thinks his luck is in when he unexpectedly wins a luxury cruise. But who would want him out of the way? Apart from everyone, that is... 'Milton Jones is one of Britain's best gagsmiths with a flair for creating daft yet perfect one-liners' - The Guardian. 'King of the surreal one-liners' - The Times 'If you haven't caught up with Jones yet - do so!' - The Daily Mail'Show more
Old hacks meet new media in this BBC radio sitcom set in the changing world of the newspaper industry 'The writing is tight, the characters astutely observed and the situation comedy inclusive' Radio Times Maddox is an old-school journalist struggling to keep up with new technology. He fears the art of finding stories is being forgotten, and is not about to let that happen. His online editor Freddy, however, will happily regurgitate a press release and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for each other, as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to land a real scoop. Both are at the mercy of pragmatic editor Oliver, who simply wants to keep his job, and news editor Carol, who believes the public want more pieces on Big Mac-eating orang-utans and fewer of Max's moral diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, knows Freddy's secret: he's not a hyper-cool kid from the street, but a posh boy from Eton... As the team attempt to cover major news stories while grappling with the demands of working in a multi-platform environment, can they stop circulation figures plummeting, keep their jobs and still retain their journalistic integrity? Robert Lindsay and John Sessions star in this witty satirical comedy, with Alex Jennings, Ben Willbond, Stephen Wight, Debbie Chazen and Polly Frame. Production credits Written by Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson Produced and directed by Sally AvensShow more
February 2012. Somewhere in the North Atlantic. In an increasingly uncertain defence environment, a deadly new arms race has begun. In an attempt to secure her boundaries, Britain has deployed the very latest sub-sea military technology. Beneath and beyond the front line, these are the adventures of the HMS Goliath. A 55,000 tonne M-Class nuclear stealth submarine, prowling 5,000 metres below the surface, manned by idiots. Wherever they are, they don't know where they are. But they're probably not far from trouble. Deep trouble. A hilarious comedy that Time Out called 'a cracker' and the Sunday Telegraph described as 'written with nutty aplomb', Deep Trouble is written by and stars Ben Willbond and Jim Field Smith. Produced and directed by David Tyler A Pozzitive production for the BBCShow more
Arch-Brutalist Sir Lucien founded his architectural practice on a commitment to brutalist concrete in all its forms. But fashion has been a cruel mistress, and four decades later things are not going well for Sir Lucien and his loyal(ish) employees. With no money and no commissions, times are tough – but it’s onwards and upwards (and upwards again) for the staff, as they go all out to win new contracts, deal with nightmare clients and fight to get their ambitious projects past the planners. In the pilot episode, architects Sarah (Laura Solon) and Dan (Ben Willbond) contemplate escape from a malfunctioning multi-storey car park in Esher and the pure aesthetic of the open sandwich. Series 1 finds Sir Lucien (Geoffrey Whitehead) trying to overcome his creative block by visiting a spa in Baden Baden – accompanied by reluctant colleague Tim (Alex Carter). Back at the practice, the other partners are juggling ambition, principles and scary Americans – and dreaming of taking minimalism to the max. In Series 2, Sir Lucien and Partners chase a lucrative airport contract, head to Watford to restyle a Premier League footballer’s mansion, design a building with a great big turret (possibly) and decide to go into house building – negotiating marshland, unexploded bombs and homicidal relatives en route... Written by Jim Poyser and Neil Griffiths, this caustic, satirical comedy also stars Dominic Coleman, Ingrid Oliver, Anna Crilly and Aisling Bea. Written by Jim Poyser and Neil Griffiths Directed by Toby Swift Pilot Sarah – Laura Solon Dan – Ben Willbond Sir Lucien – Geoffrey Whitehead Rasmus – Ewan Bailey Tim – Tim Downie Mayoress – Joanna Brookes Car Park Attendant – Ben Crowe Series 1 and 2 Matt – Dominic Coleman Sarah – Ingrid Oliver/Anna Crilly Sir Lucien – Geoffrey Whitehead Tim – Alex Carter Hayley – Aisling Bea Gregory Nettles/Mr Douglas – Sean Murray Mr Russell/Gentle Energy MD – Steve Toussaint Nurse/Amanda/Helene/Planning Officer – Carolyn Pickles Lotte – Georgie Fuller Snadaker/Dave – Stephen Critchlow Mr McCoy – Harry Myers Justin – Ben Crowe Dawn – Susie Riddell Murray – Peter Forbes Noel – David Hounslow Ella – Rhiannon Neads Danny – Richie Campbell Sean – Jude Akuwudike John/Darvo/Council Receptionist – Ian Conningham Computer Caddie/Tony – Sam Dale Jemima – Hannah Genesius Bob – David Acton Jane/Lucy – Jane Slavin First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 27 March 2013, (Pilot), 14 March-4 April 2014 (Series 1), 2-23 February 2015 (Series 2)Show more
The man they call 'Britain's Funniest Milton' and the genius in the mad shirts in "Mock The Week" stars in the third series of Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones! co-starring Tom Goodman-Hill ('Mr Selfridge', 'Humans'), Josie Lawrence (Who's Line Is It Anyway?), Ben Willbond (Horrible Histories, Yonderland) & Dan Tetsell (Mongrels). "Milton Jones is one of Britain's best gagsmiths with a flair for creating daft yet perfect one-liners" - The Guardian. Mention Milton Jones to most people and the first thing they think is 'Help!'. And in this show he has decided to set himself up as a man who can help anyone anywhere - whether they need it or not. Because, in his own words - "No problem too problemy". So when you're close to the edge, then Milton can give you a push... In the first of the complete six episodes, Milton gets to the bottom of things by founding a seat of learning... In Part two, when Milton becomes an expert genealogist and gets stuck up an unexpected family tree... In the next episode, why not sign on with Milton Prime, the pioneering audio comedy delivery service and listen to this week's programme completely free! As Milton sets up his own delivery service...Part four, it's "Pest Control to Milton Jones", as he becomes an expert in clearing vermin... After that, why not sort out your life and sign on with the patent Milton Declutterering Method! (including getting rid of that extra "er" in Declutterering...) And in the final episode, a famous baker comes to the gym, and Milton decides it's time to show off his nice buns... "King of the surreal one-liners" - The Times "If you haven't caught up with Jones yet - do so!" - The Daily MailShow more
The man they call 'Britain's Funniest Milton', Milton Jones stars in his smash-hit Sony Award-winning comedy show, “Another Case Of Milton Jones”, co-starring Tom Goodman-Hill (“The Office”, “Humans”), Ben Willbond (“Horrible Histories”), Dave Lamb (“Come Dine With Me”), Ingrid Oliver (“Dr. Who”) & Lucy Montgomery ('Down The Line').In each episode, Milton is a complete and utter expert at something - and in each episode, with absolutely no ability or competence, he plunges into a furiously funny and fast-paced adventure with utterly hilarious results.“He's immensely quotable, chucking out one-liners like bread for the birds... A strange and brilliant comic mind”- The Observer“makes the studio audience whoop with delight” - The Telegraph“If you haven't caught up with Jones yet - do so!” - The Daily Mail"In the first episode of the first series Milton plays at being a world-beating architect and tries his hand at building a bridge out of Lego, playing a naked match of boules at the Sorbonne and designing the world's first rotating mosque... Episode two and Milton plays at being a musical Maestro and at the age of 37 becomes the oldest winner of the BBC Young Musician Of the Year...In the third episode, Milton plays at being a Biogeneticist, wins the Nobel Prize, and sneaks through Customs with fifty shrews concealed about his person.For the fourth episode, Milton is a world-beating Chess Grandmaster in a thrilling tale of Cold War tension, supercomputer-controlled laser guns and Lego...In, the fifth episode, Milton plays at being a celebrity chef, and manages to tangle with a glass-bottomed boat, a large Spanish waiter, ten rolls of Sellotape and an over-excited Robbie Williams...And finally, in the sixth and final episode of the series, Milton turns out to be an expert Formula 1 Racing Driver... along the way, he'll meet a Texan millionairess, Simon & Garfunkel, a man called simply “Mr Hodgekiss” and some hot toffee...Series 2, and in the first episode, Milton is a world-famous barrister, who gets involved in a dastardly plot involving the Bayeux Tapestry, the National Trust, the bloodline of the rightful Kings of England and a quote for some guttering...Episode 2, and Milton turns polar explorer and Desert Island Castaway all in the same show. Along the way he meets Buzz Aldrin, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Dalai Lama and the world's largest anorak.In episode 3 Milton becomes a Championship Jockey and races his way from Blackpool Sands to Abu Dhabi via Las Vegas, Cheltenham and a dodgy baseball bat warehouse in Toxteth. Plus a high-stakes poker game and the Queen meets a burping AustralianFor the fourth episode Milton is accidentally elected Mayor of London. Politics, global warming and the London Eye come together in a fast-moving plot of dastardly scheming and international peril. Will the pigeons take over London? Will the ice-caps melt? Will Cuba join in a game of International Twister? And can we save Wandsworth from destruction, and if so - why? In the first episode of the third series, Milton is a world-famous photographer who travels from the catwalks of Milan to the jungles of Bolivia to find the perfect picture of a calendarFor the second episode, Milton turns collector and antiques expert whose passion for Fabergé Eggs leads him to bankruptcy, a Russian sleigh ride and a mysterious Swiss Schloss...Episode 3, and Milton becomes an internationally-renowned magician and illusionist who gets tangled up in a devilish plot to make the Bank of England disappear...In the fourth episode, Milton is a health and diet guru who plans to take over the world by means of a Walnut Shell & Nettle face scrub...Series 4 and in the first of the new series, Milton's a daredevil test pilot and Top Gun who gets tangled up in a fiendish plot to replace the turkey twizzler...For second episode, Milton is a mathematical whizzkid who gets tied up in knots and rings trying to solve the equation of the mysteriously disappearing geniuses...In episode three, Milton's a world-famous Travel Entrepreneur who builds the world's most Extreme Sports Hotel and crosses the Atlantic in a rather unusual way...Episode Four, and Milton is a world-class cyclist who gets tangled up in a close-fitting body suit and the population of Holland...In the fifth episode, Milton waves goodbye to the world of dance and musical theatre to pursue his dream of becoming - a miner!And in the last episode of this series, Milton proves that you don't need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows; you just need a fully-working anemometer and a mouse called Tim.In the first episode of the fifth series - move over Brian Cox - Milton is now a world-famous astronomer and seeker after scientific truth and accuracy. Typical Sagittarian.In the second episode, Diplomat Milton is on the run after leaking all the UN's emails - except for the Swiss ones, which were too dull. And he meets a shadowy hacker. And the shadowy hacker's mum.In Episode 3, Milton crosses stamens with a deadly rival in the vicious cutthroat world of gardening..For this, the fourth episode, as the royal Speech Therapist, Milton helps a Prince find his voice and a king find his pomegranates. He also starts three wars in one afternoon, and another three a little later on.The third episode, and Milton's a world-famous Travel Entrepreneur who builds the world's most Extreme Sports Hotel and crosses the Atlantic in a rather unusual way...In episode 4, Milton's a world-class cyclist who gets tangled up in a close-fitting body suit and the population of Holland...For the fifth episode, Milton waves goodbye to the world of dance and musical theatre to pursue his dream of becoming - a miner!And in the final episode of series 4, Milton proves that you don't need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows; you just need a fully-working anemometer and a mouse called TimIn the first episode of the fifth and final series it's time for Brian Cox to move over as Milton is now a world-famous astronomer and seeker after scientific truth and accuracy. Typical SagittarianThe second episode, and Diplomat Milton is on the run after leaking all the UN's emails - except for the Swiss ones, which were too dull. And he meets a shadowy hacker. And the shadowy hacker's mum.For the third episode, Milton crosses stamens with a deadly rival in the vicious cutthroat world of gardening..In episode four, as the royal Speech Therapist, Milton helps a Prince find his voice and a king find his pomegranates. He also starts three wars in one afternoon, and another three a little later on.Episode 5, and Milton is the king of the world of refrigerated haulage with his very own fleet of iced lorries. But his 1000th lorry contains a secret more deadly than one of his mum's famous all-day breakfasts..And in the sixth and final episode of the series, Milton becomes Britain's best-known undercover journalist. Which means that Milton Jones also becomes Britain's most least-effective undercover journalist...Show more
It's time to stop giving a sh*t! Be calm... Stop stressing... Embrace the universe... Try yoga... Be fulfilled... and that's an order! We're overwhelmed with these sorts of commands, and we often torture ourselves to "try harder," yet somehow we never feel we've done quite enough. It's about time we stop pushing ourselves to do what we think we're supposed to do, and instead simply allow ourselves to be angry, be tired, be silly, be passionate--to stop giving a shit, and just be. An international bestseller (now in English for the first time), The French Art of Not Giving a Sh*t by Fabrice Midal explains why the key to true mindfulness is freeing ourselves from social and often self-imposed stresses--and highlights how we can embrace life more fully by giving ourselves a break. He gives readers permission to: Stop obeying -- you are intelligent Stop being calm -- be at peace Stop wanting to be perfect -- accept life's storms Stop rationalizing -- let things be Stop comparing -- be you Stop being ashamed -- be vulnerable Stop tormenting yourself -- become your own best friend Stop wanting to love -- be benevolent One of the world's leading teachers of meditation and mindfulness, Midal offers us a new solution to the perennial problem of our too-much, too-fast modern life. It's OK, he urges us, to say no. It's fine to quit the things that don't fulfill you. It's necessary, in fact, to give ourselves a break and say, simply, c'est la vie. In The French Art of Not Giving a Sh*t, Midal gives each of us permission to stop doing the things that don't make us happy ... so we have room in our lives for the things that do.Show more
The second series of the award-winning sitcom written by and starring Morwenna Banks (Absolutely) and Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) set in, yes, a library, but no ordinary library. This is the library overseen and run by the most unlikely pairing since Mills met Boon.Meet Alice (Rebecca Front) - a former child prodigy who won a place at Oxford aged 9, but because Daddy went too she never needed to have any friends. She’s scared of everything - everything that is, except libraries and……Snoo (Morwenna Banks), a slightly confused individual, with a have-a-go attitude to life, marriage, haircuts and reality. Snoo loves books, and fully intends to read one one day.And forever popping into the library is Dr. Cadogan (Michael Fenton Stevens), celebrity doctor to the stars and a man with his finger in every pie. Charming, indiscreet and quite possibly wanted by Interpol, if you want a discrete nip and tuck and then photos of it accidentally left on the photocopier, Dr Cadogan is your man.Their happy life is interrupted by the arrival of Simon Nielson (Ben Willbond), a man with a mission, a mission to close down inefficient libraries. Fortunately, he hates his mission. What he really wants to do is once, just once get even with his inexhaustible supply of high-achieving brothers...In the first episode, when an International Librarians’ Conference looms, Alice & Snoo have to resort to some rather unconventional means to get hold of a passport… methods that include a thousand hummingbirds, some over-tight jeans and an hilarious anagram…In Show 2, when Snoo makes an unexpected purchase, Alice has to face an old rival, some electrical cables and a very dusty dictionary. Meanwhile, Dr Cadogan goes digital and Simon has to defend somebody's Crab Nebula... Show 3, and when the library is threatened by a flood, Snoo gains some animal friends and Alice gets down to some basic biology with Simon’s hunky brother. Meanwhile, Dr Cadogan unveils some deadly soup and a rather spiffy jacket...And when family come to call, Snoo runs into problems with a grape and Alice has to learn a tricky manoeuvre in the fourth and final episode…The show comes from Pozzitive, proud producers of Cabin Pressure, Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!, Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation, The Brig Society, The Castle, Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive & Kevin Eldon Will See You Now...Show more
Mention Milton Jones to most people and the first thing they think is Help!' And in this show, with the help of trusty assistant Anton, he has decided to set himself up as a man who can help anyone anywhere - whether they need it or not. Because, in his own words - 'No problem too problemy'. So when you're close to the edge, Milton can give you a push... In the first of these six episodes, Milton has decided to become a wedding planner. But when a distraught bride comes to the door with the case of the vanishing groom-to-be, Milton is all set to help. In Episode Two, when a new rail line threatens a tiny dormouse, Milton decides it's time to put his foot down - carefully... In the next episode, when the local seafarers' pub starts only serving coffee, there's no denying it's rum....The coffee, that is. So who better than Milton to sort it out? Episode Four, and a friend who runs a B&B is in trouble - so it's time for Milton to dust off those nylon sheets and let the sparks fly! After that, in Episode Five, Milton is asked for help because there are ugly rumours about the local farm going too far with its GM crops. At least, that's what the vegetables are saying. And in the final episode, Milton is asked to help out with the local book festival because the townsfolk are too distracted by their smartphones to - sorry, what was I saying? Sorry, just got a text... The man they call 'Britain's funniest Milton' stars in his new show Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!, co-starring Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr Selfridge), Josie Lawrence (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Ben Willbond (Horrible Histories, Yonderland) and Dan Tetsell (Mongrels). Milton Jones is one of Britain's best gagsmiths with a flair for creating daft yet perfect one-liners', The Guardian. King of the surreal one-liners' - The Times. If you haven't caught up with Jones yet, do so!', The Daily Mail.Show more
Here are all six episodes of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom written by and starring Ben Willbond and Justin Edwards about two incompetent science teachers who work at a college that specialises in drama, and whose world is turned upside down by the arrival of a new boss. Forresters Sixth Form College has a highly successful drama department run by the odious Danny Woods. For years, the science department was a forgotten and neglected area where Colin and Kenneth could brew their own ales in peace and quiet. Kenneth even devised a self-assessment system where one class taught itself. Then Dr Oates, the head of department died from a massive coronary - probably induced by a butter chicken-laden diet. Alison Hatton, his replacement, is keen and wants to bring in new students. Nothing will be the same again. Stars Ben Willbond as Colin, Justin Edwards as Kenneth, Raza Jaffery as Danny and Rebecca Front as Alison.Show more
The hugely talented Best Newcomer Perrier winner (1999) Ben Willbond and Perrier nominee (2005) Jim Field Smith ('Dutch Elm Conservatoire') have teamed up again for the second series of their sub-sea sitcom that Time Out called 'a cracker' and the Sunday Telegraph described as 'written with nutty aplomb'. February 2012. Somewhere in the North Atlantic. In an increasingly uncertain defence environment, a deadly new arms race has begun. In an attempt to secure her boundaries, Britain has deployed the very latest sub-sea military technology. Beneath and beyond the front line, these are the adventures of the HMS Goliath. A 55,000 tonne M-Class nuclear stealth submarine, prowling 5,000 metres below the surface, manned by idiots. This is the complete Series 2, with a new regular crew member played by Alice Lowe ('Garth Marenghi'). In the first episode, a noxious gas, a beetroot smoothie and bad haircut spell disaster for the crew. In 'Episode 2', it's time for a snowball fight, a French telephonist, some spinach and an Mk7 belt-fed anti-tank gas-cooled heavy machine gun. In 'Episode 3', an overheating nuclear reactor means a dangerous encounter for Captain Wade with a lobster, Commander Fairbanks with a jet fighter and Lieutenant Trainor with a rather large Prince Albert. Finally, 'Episode 4', Goliath is coming home, and as the crew prepare the end-of-tour revels, Sub-Lieutenant Barry finds a donkey, Captain Wade finds a baby, Commander Fairbanks finds an Admiral and Lieutenant Trainor finds an unexpected jazz band...Show more
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