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Welcome to the all-encompassing Museum of Everything – feel free to take a wander round our infinite gallery of strange exhibits, stranger exhibitors, disgruntled guides and obsessed visitors. The items on display range from the Elgin Tiddlywinks to the birds and the bees, and you can learn about the history of wicker and the origins of scampi, enjoy a display featuring the worst-selling author of Victorian times, get inducted into the Mock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and discover the real identity of Jack the Ripper. For some badger-based fun, take the family to Badgerland or Euro Badger. Alternatively, why not tour a stately home with Lady Bagshot, go on a journey to experience the History of the Future or marvel at the monarchy with our majestic royal theme park? But whatever you choose to do, beware of ‘The Curator’ – and don’t leave without visiting the gift shop… Shortlisted for a 2005 Sony Radio Award, this surprising, surreal sketch series was written by and stars Marcus Brigstocke, Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell, with Lucy Montgomery. Produced by Alex Walsh-Taylor Music by Dominic Haslam and Ben WalkerShow more
All four series of the Sony Award-winning radio sitcom Meet the hapless management consultants of Unthinkable Solutions – idealistic team leader Ryan, sociopathic Sophie and hippy-dippy Daisy. Enthusiastic and enterprising, they’re strong on jargon (and always ready to ‘imaginate, reincentivise and skin the leopard’), but short on practical ideas – unfortunately for the unsuspecting corporations that come to them for help. Aided by morally dubious IT expert Owen, and fellow member of the Fraternity of the Sacred Goat, Jed, the team get proactive with clients including a bank, a struggling high street retailer, an inner city school, the Post Office, a zoo, an ailing hospital and the MoD. Over 21 episodes, Unthinkable Solutions prove that there is no 'i' in team – but there is one in 'incompetent'. Brought in by Barrington Council to rationalise refuse services (ie sack people), Ryan and Daisy decide to take the binmen on a weekend in the Cairngorms instead; and in a bid to revitalise London’s transport system, the consultants put a bus driver in charge while the chief executive is sent back to driving tube trains. Plus, the team get to the bottom of a scam at an electricity company, face the tricky task of making cuts at the firm that insures Ryan’s flashy new car, and set out to smooth the path for Superco, a Megastore that wants to expand into a Terrastore. Created by acclaimed comedy writer James Cary, this witty, satirical sitcom won the Sony Silver Award for Comedy. It stars Marcus Brigstocke as Ryan, with Emma Kennedy and Beth Chalmers as Sophie, Catherine Shepherd as Daisy, David Mitchell as Owen and Robin Ince as Jed.Show more
A full-cast BBC comedy about trying to live ethically and do the right thing written by Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan. Michael (Brigstocke) and Maxine (Kerry Godliman) Wilson and their teenage daughters, Lola and Cat (plus their bearded dragon Chomsky, and about 150,000 bees) have resolved to live a cleaner, greener, serener life. They are attempting to live ethically... whatever that means. The Wilsons conscientiously tackle tricky situations and dilemmas; from balancing the need of hot sun on holiday to a carbon-neutral campsite, explaining the pitfalls of online relationships to their daughter by drawing parallels to Brexit or protesting library closures when, according to Cat, everything can be found online anyway. The family, good folk that they are, are trying about 20% harder and learning to live with about 19% more failure in trying to save the world. They are not giving up. Produced by Julia McKenzie. A BBC Studios production.Show more
Four of the funniest recent episodes from the much-loved BBC Radio 4 panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons Among the talented and humorous players in this sparkling quartet are Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Jo Caulfield, Julian Clary, Stephen Fry, Jan Ravens, Rebecca Front, Marcus Brigstocke, Sheila Hancock, Fern Britton and Graham Norton. Did Nicholas know Boudicca? What dish was to be served after the Royal Wedding? When did Gyles meet Fanny Cradock, and is he really getting married in the morning? What does Sheila know of George Orwell, and what are her views on ripped jeans? Should Paul be challenged for being out of tune? Answers to these and many more tantalising questions can be answered, without hesitation, deviation or repetition, after listening to this quartet of instalments!Show more
Marcus Brigstocke persuades his reluctant guests to try new experiences: things that they've perhaps always meant to try but haven't had the time, the courage or possibly the inclination. Enjoy hearing some famous names embrace new challenges, such as Phill Jupitus drinking absinthe, Mark Steel constructing flat-pack furniture, Esther Rantzen finally joining Facebook, Kelly Holmes trying her first deep-fried Mars bar, Giles Coren having a go at being vegan, and Frank Skinner getting a spray tan.The curious guests include: Phill Jupitus, Paul Daniels, Mark Steel, Esther Rantzen, Suggs, Sandi Toksvig, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jon Culshaw, Jenni Eclair, Ardal O’Hanlon, Kate Adie, Ian Hislop, Frank Skinner, Alan Davies, Kathy Burke, Sarah Millican, Meera Syal, Dave Gorman, Benjamin Zephaniah, Rebecca Front, Reece Shearsmith and Kelly Holmes.Whether the experiences are banal or profound, the show is all about getting out of our comfort zones and embracing the new.Show 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
Extra! Extra! - Brigstocke Starts Own Newspaper Shock! Comedian Marcus Brigstocke presents a two-part special focussing on the great British press. In the first episode he plunges head first into the contents of the great British newspaper and comes up smelling of Daily Mail. Plus he reveals the headline of the year that you'll never get to read... In the second episode there's sex, scandal and saucy secrets on offer as Marcus examines how the great British press combine the difficult jobs of both selling newspapers and ruining peoples' lives... Joining him are regular guest stars William Andrews ("Sorry I've Got No Head") , Margaret Cabourn-Smith ("Miranda") and Colin Hoult (from Ricky Gervaise's "Derek"). Written by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby, Toby Davies, Nick Doody, Dan Tetsell & Steve Punt. This complete fourth series of the multi-award-winning show comes from the people who brought you Cabin Pressure and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. Duration: 1 hour approx.Show more
In the complete third series of the multi-award-winning show, from the makers of "Cabin Pressure" and "Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive", Marcus Brigstocke examines different facets of life by being put in charge of them. Each week he starts out by thinking “Well, it can't be that difficult, surely?” and ends up with “Oh - turns out it's utterly difficult and complicated. Who knew...?”. Joining him are regular guest stars William Andrews (“Sorry I've Got No Head”) and Margaret Cabourn-Smith (“Miranda”) as well as special guests Justin Edwards and Colin Hoult as they tackle the ills of British society, from the House Of Lords and internet trolling all the way up to the big issues like why a paisley hanky is good for hiding disreputable stains, and how to use toothpaste to fool your landlord. Written by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby, Toby Davies, Nick Doody, Dan Tetsell & Steve Punt. In the first episode, Marcus decides to take his local football team all the way to the top of the Premier League. He finds out about the pure, noble and honest game of football - and also FIFA. Plus he'll be tackling some of the sport's biggest problems, like racism and homophobia - and also FIFA. In Show 2 -“Being A Woman” - Marcus has decided to cross the Gender Gap and become a woman. Expect a clear-eyed assessment of sexism and a doubling of the bathroom candle budget. Ahem. In Show 3, Marcus coughs politely, dons a crumpled linen suit and fibs for Britain as he tries his hand at becoming a diplomat. On the way, he'll look at the history and origins of diplomacy, the training required, and the fact that approximately 60% of the modern British diplomat's work is spent apologizing for Jeremy Clarkson. In the nicely-furnished, affordable Show 4 with very attractive views, Marcus decides to solve the housing crisis. He'll also be building a basement under the studio and knocking down a party wall he shares with The Archers. Good Lord - is exactly what Marcus has become in Show 5 in order to peer under the ermine and see if we really do need that second chamber... Along the way he'll be looking at the history and function of the House of Lords, getting himself a Coat Of Arms, and having a good old rummage in the Woolsack. Please turn your radio over and start listening as, in the final show, Marcus has thirty minutes to retake his GCSEs. During the show he will be sitting a genuine GCSE exam set by the Producer in an attempt to get the bottom of Grade Inflation and also the class.Show more
**Shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Award 2015 for Best Scripted Comedy (Studio Audience)**In the complete second hit series from the people who brought you "Cabin Pressure" and "Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off", stand-up comedian Marcus Brigstocke has been put in charge of a thing! Each week, Marcus finds he’s volunteered to be in charge of a big old thing - the European Union, Social Media, the banking system, the farming industry - and each week he starts out by thinking “Well, it can’t be that difficult, surely?” and ends up with “Oh - turns out it’s utterly difficult and complicated. Who knew...?”. Join him and regular guest stars Rufus Jones (“Hunderby”, “Holy Flying Circus”), William Andrews (“Sorry I’ve Got No Head”) and Margaret Cabourn-Smith (“Miranda”) as they tackle the ills of British society, from legalization of drug and bailing out banks all the way up to the big issues – like why isn’t Lambing Live on all the year round and what colour robe to wear in his new religion. Written by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby, Toby Davies, Nick Doody, Dan Tetsell & Steve Punt.In the first episode, Marcus has got himself elected as a Member of the European Parliament. So it’s off to Brussels to meet Europe’s finest parliamentary minds and also UKIP. Along the way, he’ll be examining the history of the EU, its legislative structure, the democratic burden that must be shouldered to promulgate a more humane society and why so many UKIP members wear yellow trousers.Show Two, and Marcus has decided to create his own Social Media site. Please RT. Please Follow. Please Like. Please give all your details to Google and the National Security Agency. And in Show Three, Marcus has Broken Bad and become a drug dealer. He’ll also go on a long personal journey, and along the way he’ll examine the complex interrelationship between legalization, culture, hypocrisy and cheese.Show Four, and it’s both ooh-er and ooh-ar as Marcus has grasped the bull by the horns and become a farmer. After all, what could go wrong? As he himself puts it- “Dairy, livestock, cattle - it’s all grist to my mill.”In the fifth show, glory be, Marcus Brigstocke has decided to form his own religion, based on peace, lovingkindness and probably war. And in the final show of this series, we would like to inform you that Marcus Brigstocke has decided to open a bank. That’ll be £25 please. If you would like to call our customer helpline... that will be another £25Show more
In this fourth series, Marcus Brigstocke invites his guests to try things they've never done before. Whether the experiences are banal or profound, the show is all about getting out of our comfort zones and embracing the new. Brigstocke's guests in Series 4 are Ian Hislop, Frank Skinner, Alan Davies, Giles Coren, Kathy Burke and Sarah Millican.Show more
In this third series, Marcus Brigstocke invites his guests to try things they've never done before. Whether the experiences are banal or profound, the show is all about getting out of our comfort zones and embracing the new. Brigstocke's guests in Series 3 are Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jon Culshaw, Jenny Eclair, Ardal O'Hanlon and John Lloyd.Show more
In this second series, Marcus Brigstocke invites his guests to try things they've never done before. Whether the experiences are banal or profound, the show is all about getting out of our comfort zones and embracing the new. Brigstocke's guests in Series 2 are Barry Cryer, Arthur Smith, Dame Joan Bakewell, Jan Ravens, Suggs and Sandi Toksvig.Show more
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