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The award-winning BBC Radio 4 impressions show returns for a 20th series - plus 3 Christmas specials The popular topical comedy show is back with another helping of political vituperation, media mauling and celebrity savaging. Series 20 sees the team faced with the challenge of finding the comedy in Covid, as they look back at the key moments since the pandemic began. There's a special maths lesson from Matt Hancock, a fight between Good Boris and Bad Boris about when lockdown should start, and Michael Portillo grapples with wearing a mask on Great British Railway Journeys. Plus, Keir Starmer makes his Dead Ringers debut, a former Prime Minister performs in Alan Bennett's latest Talking Heads monologue, Joan Bakewell explains Kanye West, and Her Majesty the Queen tells us why she's helping out the FBI. We also hear a startling out-take from Normal People, meet a special guest at Downton Abbey - and finally find out what Michael Gove's real job is... Also included are three Brexity, Covidy, Trumpy, Bideny Christmas specials - so sit back and treat your ears to a bumper helping of superb satirical impressions from Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey. Cast and credits Starring Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Duncan Wisbey and Debra Stephenson Produced and created by Bill Dare A BBC Studios production Written by Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson, Laurence Howarth, Ed Amsden & Tom Coles, Sarah Campbell, James Bugg, Simon Alcock, Cody Dahler, Jane McCutcheon, Vivienne Riddoch, Gareth Cederic, Jeffrey Aidoo, Charlie Dinkin, Aidan Fitzmaurice, Cassie Smith, Alex Hardy, Athena Kugblenu, Paige Wilson, Sophie Dixon, Kate Lipson, Edward Tew First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 12 June-17 July 2020 (Series 20), 11-25 December 2020 (Christmas Specials)Show more
Stephen Moore stars in this dystopian comedy set in a future where living beyond 70 is prohibited 30th Century Britain, and the calamitous collapse of the pension system means compulsory euthanasia for all 70-year-olds. But a clerical error spells disaster for 69-year-old George Smith, who suddenly finds himself facing his demise a year early. Feisty George isn't going to take this lying down, and goes into battle with Central Admin - and the terrifying TV crew from This Was Your Life, who want to broadcast his imminent death live on air. On the run with bikini-clad bounty hunter Andrea Sunbeam, George goes underground, where he meets Public Enemy Number One (aka Mrs Cookson), the leader of a gang of senior citizen anarchists called the Old Age Paramilitaries. They've developed a secret weapon to destroy Central Admin's computer - and, armed with a new face and an array of OAP gadgets, George is just the man to use it... With the future of civilisation at stake, can George and his old age pals save humanity? A follow-up to the cult hit Paradise Lost in Space, this lively Logan's Run parody by Colin Swash stars Stephen Moore (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) as George, Lorelei King as Andrea and Edna Doré as Mrs Cookson, with co-stars including Geoffrey McGivern, Melanie Hudson and Christopher Douglas. Among the guest stars are Peter Serafinowicz and Lewis MacLeod. Production credits Written by Colin Swash Produced by Richard Wilson First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24 February-31 March 1998 Cast George - Stephen Moore Doris - Patsy Byrne O'Connell - Geoffrey McGivern Andrea Sunbeam - Lorelei King Mrs Cookson - Edna Doré Wilma P Random/Dawkins - Melanie Hudson Dave Lusterheusen/Ronnie/Brian Kettle - Christopher Douglas With Lewis MacLeod, Peter Serafinowicz, Dave Lamb and Joanna BrookesShow more
All four series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy impressions show following the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful The Secret World is an impressions show with a difference – it shines a light on the imaginary alternative lives of famous folk. Each episode takes place over one day, with stories unfolding and overlapping from morning to night. In these 22 episodes, we hear about the bizarre habits of celebrities from Lady Gaga to Keith Harris and Orville. Al Pacino reveals his alternative life as a balloon twister, Barack Obama becomes a Pearly King; Professor Brian Cox finds himself stalked by various women, including the Queen; and the Archbishop of Canterbury tries Tweeting for the first time – with disastrous results. We also find out what Sean Connery, Griff Rhys Jones, Pam Ayres, Kirsty Young and Peter Sallis have in common (they all enjoy nothing more than meeting up for a spot of bare-knuckle fighting), discover Princess Anne’s secret passion for trainspotting, and learn about Russell Crowe’s strange fixation with sprouts. And there are sinister revelations about Alan Titchmarsh’s dark side when his career is threatened... Winner of the Gold Award for Best Comedy at the 2014 Radio Academy Awards, this richly imaginative satirical comedy stars Dead Ringers alumni Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Duncan Wisbey and Debra Stephenson, as well as acclaimed comedy performers Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Julian Dutton, Sarah Hadland and Jess Robinson. We also peer into the lives of Al Pacino, Miranda Hart, Prince Charles, Lady Gaga and the Queen, to name a few. The cast are: Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Duncan Wisbey, Margaret Cabourn Smith, Julian Dutton, Sarah Hadland, Jess Robinson and Debrea StephensonShow more
The complete Series 19 of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 impressions show The Dead Ringers team are back for another series of the topical comedy show that will go on forever – much like the Brexit negotiations. In these six shows, the entire cast of the Tory leadership election make an appearance – even that one who no-one’s ever heard of. Plus, Theresa May brings her Withdrawal Agreement in to The Repair Shop, the Queer Eye gang give Ann Widdecombe a makeover, and British superheroes the National Treasures welcome their newest member: Lorraine Kelly. There’s terror in store as a haunted Boris Johnson meets the Mr Hyde to his Mr Hyde, Jeremy Hunt finds a way to put his talents to good use in 24 Hours in A & E, and Tom ‘The Watsonater’ behaves in a way that’s completely unacceptable to Jeremy Corbyn – he takes a clear view on something. Among the other celebrities getting the Dead Ringers treatment are Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Chuka Umunna, Andrew Neil and Paul McCartney, as masterful impressionists Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Jan Ravens, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey take a satirical swipe at the worlds of politics, media and entertainment. Also included with the latest series are the three Christmas 2019 special episodes.Show more
Six BBC radio dramas following the political swings of the Republican Party, through the personal stories of its Presidents Focussing on three of the best-known Republican Presidents of the 20th Century, Jonathan Myerson's riveting drama series looks at how their triumphs and disasters drove the party's electoral fortunes.Closely based on accounts by those who were there, this political trilogy reimagines the pivotal moments that changed history, and the part played by these famous and controversial leaders. Ronald Reagan: Death Valley Days 1965. Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign against LBJ has crashed and burned, and the Republicans need a fresh, new face -someone with TV appeal. Inspired by his down-home style and easygoing charm, they turn to fading movie star and Western hero Ronnie Reagan, and ask him to play a different kind of role. Richard Nixon: Searchlight Has Left the Building 1970. President Nixon has invaded Cambodia, sparking student protests across the US. At Kent State University, the National Guardsmen have shot four dead, and Washington is on high alert. But when the insomniac President wakes at 4am to see rebellious students assembling at the Lincoln Memorial, he goes out to meet them, taking his White House valet with him. As the Secret Service struggles to catch up, the night takes a bizarre turn... Gerald Ford: Fascist Insect 1975. Nixon has resigned, and new President Gerald Ford is fighting for his political survival. The country is in chaos, his party is disintegrating, and challenger Ronald Reagan is attacking with weekly radio broadcasts and the catchy slogan 'Make America Great Again'. Saigon has fallen, the Panama Canal is under threat and political fervour is everywhere - even celebrity rich-girl kidnap victim Patty Hearst seems to have turned terrorist. Then ex-FBI informant Sara Jane Moore decides to trigger the revolution. She buys a gun - and aims it at the President... Ronald Reagan: Hanging by Our Thumbs 1987. Hold on tight for a knockabout journey through the crazy stories of the notorious Iran-Contra affair. Ronald Reagan's landslide second term is on the ropes. Congress is investigating evidence that the US has illegally been selling arms to Iran, and secretly diverting the proceeds to fund Contra guerrilla fighters in Nicaragua - all with the President's knowledge. But when NATO Ambassador David Abshire is recalled to try to get the facts straight, he discovers it all depends on what you believe..... George W Bush: A Higher Father 2000. As George W Bush scrapes into the White House, his surprise journey to the Presidency doesn't just follow in his father's footsteps. According to US Marine Gunnery Sergeant Louella Harkrader - a storyteller with her own peculiar angle - Dubya's political steps have been guided all along by a Higher Father, now exerting His influence on US politics. Donald Trump: This Isn't Happening 2016. At a campaign rally, Donald Trump declares: "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." But when President Trump loses his temper on his Scottish golf course one day, things work out very differently.... Among the casts of these entertaining radio plays are Kerry Shale, Madeleine Potter, Jonathan Hyde, Sian Thomas and Nathan Osgood.Show more
Featuring Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stephenson, Duncan Wisbey and Josh Berry Guest starring Sanjeev Bhaskar Produced by Bill Dare Written by Tom Jamieson, Nev Fountain, Tom Coles, Ed Amsden, Sarah Campbell, Laurence Howarth, James Bugg, Laura Major, Max Davis, Mike Shepherd, Sara Gibson, Alex Hardy, Simon Alcock, Duncan Wisbey, Jack Bernhardt, Vivienne Riddoch, Jane McCutcheon and others First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 8 June-13 July 2018 (Series 18) and 17 February 2018 (An Alien Has Landed)|The complete Series 18 of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 impressions show - plus special episode An Alien Has Landed Dead Ringers is back with more topical comedy, political vituperation, media mauling and celebrity savaging from Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stephenson, Duncan Wisbey and Josh Berry. In the six shows from Series 18, 'Brexit Bulldog' David Davis decides to go back in time to 1973 and prevent Britain from joining the EEC in the first place, Joan Bakewell explains Love Island to Radio 4 listeners, and we hear the team's unique take on the summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. There's also a guide to the World Cup for those who hear 'And now Gary with the sport' and think it's a cue to go and brush their teeth; and an exploration into how Britain is coping with an onslaught of good sporting news and relentlessly pleasant weather. Guest starring Sanjeev Bhaskar as extraterrestrial Geoff, the 45-minute special An Alien Has Landed sees Dead Ringers looking back one year after Geoff's spaceship arrived on Earth, and examining his integration into British life, his meteoric rise and his spectacular fall from grace. Among the talking heads are Brian Cox, Louis Theroux - and Thora Hird. Cast & CreditsShow more
The complete Series 17 of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 impressions show plus two Christmas special episodes Dead Ringers returns with more sharp, topical comedy in these eight shows, featuring all six episodes from Series 17 as well as the two 2017 Christmas specials. Impressions and caricatures are the charming courtiers of explosively satirical truth-bombs as Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey take on the worlds of politics and entertainment. There 's some post-election skewering for Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron; 'Arlene from Belfast ' calls Moneybox Live for advice about her sudden windfall; and gossipy 'Govey ' leaves back-stabbing answerphone messages for Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood. Plus, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer receives a late-night phone call; Hilary Mantel joins Gardeners ' Question Time; and David Sedaris and Alan Bennett have a biscuit-off The two Christmas editions feature HM The Queen, Dame Joan Bakewell and 'Brexit Bulldog ' David Davis, as well as taking a look at how Britain 's media would cope if Donald Trump pushed the button. Produced by Bill Dare Written by Tom Jamieson, Nev Fountain, Tom Coles, Ed Amsden, Sarah Campbell, Laurence Howarth, James Bugg, Laura Major, Max Davis and Jack Bernhardt First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 16 June 21 July 2017 (Series 17) and 22 29 December 2017 (Christmas Specials)Show more
The third series of the wickedly funny BBC Radio 4 comedy. Just when you thought it was safe to listen again, Dead Ringers is back with its skewed and scary take on the world of celebrity, politics and the mass media. Anne Robinson puts her family through its paces to find The Weakest Child, Graham Norton presents So... Panorama! and Simon Bates recounts A History of Britain in the style of Our Tune. Craig from Big Brother applies to join the Royal Ballet, whilst Alan Bennett shares more nostalgic memories of his surprising exploits with Thora Hird. Elsewhere, Rolf Harris enquires about his chances of winning the Turner Prize and we dip into the full-blooded fiction which flows unbridled from Ann Widdecombe's fountain pen. Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Phil Cornwell, Kevin Connelly, Lewis Macleod and Mark Perry give us their impressions of the people we love to laugh at in these five frenetic episodes.Show more
Born and bred in Dundee, Servant sees himself as a people's champion. His extraordinary self-belief stems largely from his dominant position in Dundee's notorious Cheeseburger Wars of the early 1980s - a period of riotous appreciation for the traditional American snack that caused madness on the streets and lined Servant's pockets. He continued his Midas touch in the 1990s by running what he often claims to have been the 'largest window cleaning round in Western Europe'. Now he's retired and, feeling purposeless and a little bored, he's taking on the internet spammers of the world. Playing the fraudsters at their own game, he soon has them in the palm of his hand. Starring Brian Cox as Bob Servant, with Felix Dexter, Laura Solon, Sanjeev Kohli and Lewis MacLeod.Show more
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