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The hit improvisation radio show that spawned the TV phenomenon Regular team captains Stephen Fry and John Sessions are joined by Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Hugh Laurie, Enn Reitel, Jimmy Mulville, Nonny Williams, Griff Rhys Jones, Kate Robbins, John Bird, Rory Bremner and Jon Glover, as they battle their way through a succession of games and romp through a world of literary styles, TV theme tunes, and film genres. Chairman Clive Anderson desperately tries to hold the whole thing together and the guests make it up as they go along in this riot of improvisation. First heard on BBC Radio 4 in January 1988, Whose Line is it Anyway? went on to run for 10 series on Channel 4 and found success in America. Based on comedy suggestions from the studio audience, this is ad-libbed comedy at its best. With Colin Sell at the piano. Devised and compiled by Mark Leveson, with additional material by Martin Booth. Produced by Dan PattersonShow more
Creator of 'The Thick Of It', 'I'm Alan Partridge' and 'Veep' and films 'In The Loop' and 'The Death Of Stalin', Armando Iannucci is probably the most famous writer/director/satirist of his generation. Here he hosts his own award-wining radio show.'The best comedy on radio' - The IndependentComedians who guested over the four series include David Mitchell, Michael McIntyre, Russell Howard, Miranda hart, Jo Brand, Phill Jupitus, Clive Anderson and a young John Oliver (before he was launched to stardom on 'The Daily Show')In the first series, Armando Iannucci and his guests pull apart the news with a heady mix of topical comedy, messed-about archive, chat and outrageous fibs, recorded in front of a live studio audience. Across the complete six episodes, they start a new religion and update some Cockney rhyming slang, and as the strike by BBC workers starts to bite and the army steps in, we hear a debate on breastfeeding from 'Woman's Hour' hosted by Gunner-Sergeant Harry Donaldson of the 5th Norfolk Fusiliers. In another show the team take a look at the new Star Wars epic and debate the right of the Sith to wear a hood in a public galaxy, whilst simultaneously fending off a bid by Malcolm Glazer to buy a 75 per cent stake in the programme as it goes out, and in yet another show they make a List of the 100 Best Lists Ever and end up ringing Jimmy Carr's answerphone to find out the winner... In series 2, Armando and his guests episodes, they worry about a new spate of Middle Class illnesses, including Repetitive Divorce Injury, Recyclists's Elbow & Having To Stay In All Day To Await Delivery of a Trampoline-itis. Meanwhile, as the cult of daredevil Book For Boys grows, Armando shows off his I've actually got a sawn-off knife, which is actually just a handle. In another episode, they we debate whether Chris Moyles should be punished for his use of the word 'gay' on his Radio 1 breakfast show or whether he should just be punished in general. Plus they give some Radio 4 programmes a bit of a makeover as Start the Week is remade as The Dawn of the Dead...In the third series, Armando Iannucci and his guests check that all the jokes have to be strictly in accordance with legal norms. For example - 'Knock knock', 'Who's there?' 'It's me - the person knocking at the door', 'Hang on, I'll open it then'. We also hear selected extracts from newsreader Vaughan Savidge's calming 'Little Book Of Vaughan' which includes such wonderful advice as - 'First thing in the morning, look in the mirror, wink at yourself and say "Hey, you tousled genius. See you on the toilet..." And Dara O'Briain, Simon Evans & David Quantick think of what statues they'd like to see until they finally all agree that they'd like to make a statue of Louis Walsh, literally by dropping him in concrete.Across the fourth and final series, with Britain looking forward to the 2012 Olympics they'll be considering possible new sporting events such as Single Mumming, 4 x 100 Teenage Pregnancies & Turkey Twizzling. Plus they study some interesting animal facts such as 'Plankton always drift anti-clockwise, and form giant funny faces when no-one's looking' and 'Young adult pigs have started to emulate human behaviour by eating rubbish, drinking a lot and getting slaughtered'. Another episode sees the collapse of the financial markets and the team ask who they'd like to see collapse next?. 'I'd like to see Hallmark collapse, like a house of cards' and 'I'd like to see Damien Hirst collapse. In front of me. So I could then sell his skull at auction' are just two of the answers... And further, in the week where Barack Obama said to Sarah Palin 'You can't put lipstick on a pig' our panel realize animal metaphors are this season's must have and are hotter than a peacock on a spacehopper. Other exciting new modern maxims include 'You can't put a wig on a goldfish" and "Too many cooks are on the telly'Show more
Peter Diamond, head of Bath CID, takes a city break in Vienna, where his favorite film, The Third Man, was set, but everything goes wrong, and his companion, Paloma, calls a halt to their relationship. Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing musician Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by methods closer to the spy world than the concert platform. The chance of joining a once-famous string quartet in a residency at Bath Spa University is too tempting for Mel to refuse. Then a body is found in the city canal, and the only clue to the dead woman's identity is the tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth. For Diamond, who wouldn't know a Stradivarius from a French horn, the investigation is his most demanding ever. Three mysterious deaths need to be probed while his own personal life is in free fall.Show more
The mystery man threw off his disguise and started to run. Furious stewards gave chase. The crowd roared. A legend was born. Soon the world would know him as "the ghost runner, "John Tarrant, the extraordinary man whom nobody could stop. As a hapless teenage boxer in the 1950s, he'd been paid Â£17 expenses. When he wanted to run, he was banned for life. His amateur status had been compromised ... forever. Now he was fighting back, gate-crashing races all over Britain. No number on his shirt. No friends in high places. Soon he would be a record-breaker, one of the greatest long-distance runners the world had ever seen. This cross between Once a Runner and Chariots of Fire tells the heartbreaking story of this remarkable individual. "An astonishing story of staggering grit and determination."-The Independent (London)Show more
Ever since the death of his father, poor Fellworth Dolphin has slaved away as a waiter to support his miserly, cold-hearted mother. When his mother suddenly dies, Fellworth is shocked to discover that she has left him a sizable inheritance. Confused, Fell teams up with Maggie, a plain girl with a similar background, to investigate the source of the riches. But what they find is a closet full of skeletons... Is it really possible Fell's father was involved in a long-ago train robbery? Who's the mysterious woman in the portrait hidden in his mother's wardrobe? As Maggie and Fell poke around the village for answers, they find themselves on a surprise-filled path to danger and adventure, and-just possibly-love. But Fell's sudden good fortune could come to an abrupt end if he doesn't stay one step ahead of a cunning killer...Show more
Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Lenny Henry, Griff Rhys Jones and Dawn French and host Clive Anderson star in the improvisation radio show that spawned the TV phenomenon. Based on comedy suggestions from the studio audience, this is ad-libbed comedy at its best. Regulars Stephen Fry and John Sessions are joined by Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Hugh Laurie, Enn Reitel, Griff Rhys Jones, Kate Robbins, Rory Bremner and Jon Glover as they battle their way through a succession of games and romp through a world of literary styles, TV theme tunes and film genres. Chairman Clive Anderson desperately tries to hold the whole thing together and the guests make it up as they go along in this riot of improvisation which is often funnier than many scripted shows. This recording contains four episodes from the original radio series, which later gave rise to two popular and successful television series in the UK and the USA.Show more
'Chain Reaction' is the entertaining BBC Radio 4 tag talk show where this week's guest is next week's interviewer. Famous names from the world of showbusiness choose who they would like to chat to, and must submit to being questioned in their turn the week after. In this seventh series, guests (and hosts) include Marcus Brigstocke, Clive Anderson, John Lloyd, Phill Jupitus, John Hegley, Jack Dee and Jeremy Hardy.Show more
Sir Gadabout is a walking disaster. Voted the "knight most likely to chop his own foot off in a fight", he shivers in his rusty armour when he has to face the brave Sir Lancelot in a joust. Sir Gads travels with his loyal squire Herbert to the wizard Merlin's cottage to get his ear stuck back in place after the joust, and survives an attack by Merlin's crazed guard turtle. Then, when Queen Guinevere is kidnapped, Sir Gads sets out to save the day! Join the loveable Sir Gadabout, loyal Herbert and Merlin's sarcastic cat, Sidney Smith, on a chaotic quest that will make every reader - child or adult - laugh out loud. Read by Clive Anderson (P)2004 Orion Publishing Group.LtdShow more
Meet Sir Gadabout - the Worst Knight in the World . . . When Excalibur is stolen, Sir Gads sets off with his trusty band of followers to find the evil Sir Rudyard the Rancid. They must face the worst if they are to return the mighty sword to its rightful home. Read by Clive Anderson (P)2004 Orion Publishing Group.LtdShow more
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