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Almost as breathtaking as the treasures from Sutton Hoo, 14 archive episodes of the long-running topical Radio 4 panel show, chaired by Barry Took, Bill Tidy, Simon Hoggart and Sandi Toksvig. Now on display for the first time, these valuable editions can be dated to between 1980 and 2012 and tell us much about the headline-grabbing issues, incidents and individuals of yesteryear. Joining regular panellists Alan Coren, Richard Ingrams, Jeremy Hardy and Andy Hamilton are a treasure trove of guest players including Nigel Dempster, Ian Hislop, Michael Grade, Rory Bremner, Linda Smith, Sue MacGregor, Armando Iannucci, Fred MacAulay, Francis Wheen, Sue Perkins, Josie Long, Hugo Rifkind, Miles Jupp, Sarah Millican, Paul Sinha, John Craven, Gay Search, Tom Wrigglesworth, Susan Calman and many more. Alongside the regular programmes are three bejewelled editions of News Quiz of the Year, from 1987 and 1991, plus the Millennium Special edition first broadcast on New Year's Eve 1999. This release contains adult language and references that reflect the era in which it was first broadcast. Episode selection by Michael Stevens (P) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution LtdShow more
Stephen K Amos and the comedy circuit's best stand-ups attempt to unravel the knotty problems of life Award-winning jokesmith and self-confessed idiot Stephen K Amos teams up with some of the world's sharpest comic minds to compile a dummies' guide to being a modern human. From raising children and having a mid-life crisis, to first impressions and facing your fears, who better than a bunch of comedians to lead us through life's existential maze? In these 17 episodes, Stephen and friends take us on a journey of self-discovery through observational comedy - with help from a live studio audience, who provide their own tips, stories and experiences. They share their unique perspectives on topics including dishonesty, technology, medicine, multiculturalism, religion and austerity, as well as helping us deal with the ultimate scary subject: mortality. Featuring a wealth of superb stand-ups including Sara Pascoe, Susan Calman, Lucy Porter, Ava Vidal, James Acaster, Boothby Graffoe, Marlon Davis, Richard Herring, Nish Kumar, Shazia Mirza, Alfie Moore, Andy Zaltzman, Tom Allen and Robin Ince, this hilarious show may not show you the meaning of life, but it will make you laugh about it. Cast and credits Hosted by Stephen K Amos Additional material by Christine Rose, Hugh Sington and Stephen Grant Produced by Colin Anderson Pilot special guests: W Kamau Bell, Susan Calman, Tim FitzHigham, Josie Long and Simon Munnery Series 1 special guests: Sara Pascoe, Matt Forde, Carey Marx, David O'Doherty, Miss London, Jess Fostekew, Craig Campbell, Ava Vidal, Howard Read, Andy Wilkinson, Lucy Porter, Maeve Higgins, Tom Allen, Phil Nichol Series 2 special guests: Sarah Kendall, Gráinne Maguire, James Acaster, Michael Redmond, Holly Walsh, Boothby Graffoe, Marlon Davis, Jarlath Reagan, Lloyd Langford, Alfie Moore, Ava Vidal, Richard Herring, Fred MacAulay, Angela Barnes, Greg Proops, Paul Sinha, Andre Vincent, John Hegley Series 3 special guests: Stephen Grant, Nish Kumar, Andrew Maxwell, Susan Murray, Tom Craine Josie Long, Wil Hodgson, Gavin Webster, Shazia Mirza, Mae Martin, Travis Jay, Dan Antopolski, Suzi Ruffell, Tom Rhodes, Andy Zaltzman, Jason Cook, Brendon Burns, Robin Ince First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 23 August 2011 (Pilot), 7-28 March 2012 (Series 1), 17 January-21 February 2013 (Series 2). Series 3 first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, 12 May-16 June 2014 ©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution LtdShow more
A collection of insightful interviews, documentaries and comedy that celebrates LGBTQ+ in Britain, publishing to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewallriots. The Ben Hunte Interviews: Presenter and journalist Ben Hunte interviews his LGBTQ heroes about their unforgettable gay moments. Guests include Paul O'Grady, Stephen K Amos, Peter Tatchell, Ruth Hunt (CEO of Stonewall), Stephanie Hirst, Youtuber Calum McSwiggan. The Essay: The Love That Wrote Its Name: Simon Callow, Stella Duffy, Gregory Woods, Neel Mukherjee and Louise Welsh explore and celebrate five gay relationships of writers and artists. Queer Icons: Plato's Symposium: Shahidha Bari discusses LGBTQ in the history of philosophy. Who Decides if Gay is OK?: What brought about decriminalisation in the UK and why has it not happened in Zambia, which largely inherited the British legal system? Highlights from Front Row's Queer Icons project: Celebrating LGBTQ culture from the poetry of Sappho to the songs of Frank Ocean, guests are asked to champion a piece of LGBTQ artwork that is special to them. Presented by Alan Carr, with guests including Mary Portas, Olly Alexander, Christine and the Queens, Stella Duffy, and the Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney. Happy That Way: Special compilation programme made in 2017 celebrating the best out and proud BBC Radio comedy from the past five years. Features Susan Calman, Graham Norton, Stephen Fry, Sue Perkins, Al Porter, Mae Martin, Stephen K Amos, Suzi Ruffell, Paul Sinha and Sandi Toksvig.Show more
Susan Calman has some very strong opinions and in her radio debut she expresses them with her trademark wit and charm. In Series 1, she examines the current hot political topic of equal marriage; looks at the issues surrounding the death penalty from the perspective gained whilst working on Death Row; considers how best to deal with depression; and evaluates what it means to be Scottish. In Series 2 she explains why she has never been interested in having children, explores society's obsession with appearance, discusses intellectual snobbery, and asks what it is that makes us human. The first series of Susan Calman is Convicted won the 2013 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards for 'Best Radio Comedy'. Written by Susan Calman Produced by Lyndsay Fenner A BBC Studios Production Cover photograph: Steve UllathorneShow more
The complete 97th series from the long-running topical BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show, hosted by Miles Jupp with special guest hosts including Jo Brand, Bridget Christie, Susan Calman and Lucy Porter. Eight more episodes featuring a panel of comedy guests who trawl through news stories big and small to provide comedy, commentary, irony and irreverence. The guests featured in this series include Deborah Frances-White, Daliso Chaponda, Mark Steel, Andy Hamilton, Hugo Rifkind, Jayde Adams, Phil Jupitus and Rory Bremner. The panellists discuss the week's top stories, such as the international espionage, the cryptic world of doctors' handwriting, the baffling world of acronyms, the Labour party, the 32 different types of ambulances, the Conservative Party conference, a Fancy Bear, Brexit, Universal credit and the most controversial game of hide and seek. Produced by Richard MorrisShow more
Four of the funniest episodes from the bitingly humorous BBC Radio 4 quiz, chaired by Miles Jupp. The News Quiz returns to take a sideways look at the headlines, with the help of some up-to-the-minute comedians and commentators. Jostling for a byline in this sparkling collection are Jeremy Hardy, Andy Hamilton, Angela Barnes, Susan Calman, Andrew Maxwell, Fern Brady, Desiree Burch, Michael Deacon, Kerry Godliman, Holly Walsh, Andy Zaltzman and Helen Lewis. Among the thorny issues the teams delve into are The Presidents Club hostess controversy; Donald Trump's planned meeting with Kim Jong-un; the Windrush documentation scandal; a faked Russian assassination; Buddhist funerals for robot dogs, and the vexed question of Wetherspoons and the missing steak...Show more
Nine short stories written and read by comedians, recorded live in front of an audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. May Contain Nuts by Janey Godley: A woman glimpses her own mortality when she calculates that only twenty-seven years separate her from her cantankerous father. The Hair of the Dead by Sarah Millican: A moving (and very funny) short story about a compassionate undertaker's assistant. Gone Fishing by Jon Richardson: A tale of love and betrayal set in a remote village in the Yorkshire Dales. The Woman Who Sniffed by Susan Calman: A wry look at office politics, told with Calman's characteristic humour and upbeat energy. Just When You Thought It Was Safe to be Green by Patrick Monahan: A tale that warns against paying too much attention to government crime statistics. On The Dot by Shazia Mirza: A story featuring a certain Mrs Pims, who is always mysteriously late for everything. Then one day, the reason for her tardiness becomes apparent... Stairlift Us Up Where We Belong by Sarah Millican: A poignant and funny monologue exploring the tricky turning point in a woman's life, when she goes from being thought of as useful to becoming invisible. Spooky and the Van by Joe Lycett: Seventeen-year-old Julian is writing a blog. He's currently experiencing the weird limbo that lies between finishing school and starting university. As well as musing upon how his life might change, Julian's neighbor, nicknamed Spooky, is providing plenty of writing material and mystery... A Difference of Opinion by Bridget Christie: When Bridget's husband is assaulted by the ghost of a long dead European leader, it highlights the vast differences in interpretation between a believer and an atheist. Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.Show more
Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down-time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Assassins Creed, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday, and shes been told by the same long-suffering wife that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, shes going to be unbearable. Susan decided her best bet was to try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. In the first series of this show she attempted to ditch the old Susan Calman and attempted to find the new Susan Calm, by watching cricket with Andy Zaltzman; going hillwalking with Muriel Gray; visiting an art gallery with Phill Jupitus and taking a spontaneous holiday with John Finnemore. She enjoyed these pursuits, but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she tried again in Series 2, which involved learning about gardening with Val McDermid, going to a music festival with Robin Ince, trying her hand at baking with the Great British Bake Offs Selasi Gbormittah, and having a go at birdwatching with Emma Kennedy. Keep Calman Carry On is a stand-up show in front of a live audience, in which Susan reports on how successful shes been - both at relaxing and at the pursuit itself - as well as playing in and discussing a handful of illustrative clips from her efforts. Its an attempt to find out how people find solace or sanctuary in these worlds, and how Susan can negotiate her own place in them. Written by Susan Calman and Jon Hunter Produced by Lyndsay Fenner A BBC Studios Production Cover photograph: Steve UllathorneShow more
Four more extended episodes from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series, specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith'ISIHAC is still unmissable. It remains the most thrillingly anarchic panel show in any media you care to name' Simon Mayo, Mail on Sunday'The funniest comedy quiz show of them all' Sue Arnold, The ObserverThe antidote to panel games returns with this sixteenth glorious collection, in which Jack Dee gives regular panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do. Joining them in this compilation are special guests Rob Brydon, Victoria Wood, Susan Calman and David Mitchell.Highlights include Uxbridge English Dictionary, One Song to the Tune of Another, French Monopoly, Swanee Kazoo, Sound Charades, Pensioner's Film Club, Complete Cats, 84 Chicken Cross Road, Hirsute Film Club, Unromantic Endings, Just a Minim, the delightful Add a Word, Ruin a Film and, of course, Mornington Crescent.Get ready to chuckle along with the gang as they deploy the finest wit and wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha keeping score.Show more
The complete 93rd series of the topical BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show, hosted by Miles Jupp. The long-running satirical panel game returns with eight more episodes, featuring guests including Jeremy Hardy, Susan Calman, Andy Hamilton, Katy Brand, Zoe Lyons, Holly Walsh, Mark Steel, Hugo Rifkind and Rich Hall. The panellists give a comic commentary on new stories such as General Election, that leaky Brexit dinner, a close encounter with a wild boar, an intriguing hearing in the USA and an unorthodox lifeguard recruitment drive.Show more
Comedy trio The Penny Dreadfuls recount the story of the much-maligned Macbeth, revisit Odysseus’ epic journey and reveal the truth behind Darwin’s famous voyage The Penny Dreadfuls – Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck – are a comedy trio who specialise in retelling historical events in their own, inimitable way. In these riotous revisionist plays, they present alternative takes on three famous tales, ably assisted by guests including Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Lolly Adefope, Robert Webb and Susan Calman. Macbeth Rebothered: It’s the Scottish Play, but not as we know it: The Penny Dreadfuls present a rebooted version of the classic story that paints the noble King in a very different light. Starring Greg McHugh as Macbeth and Susan Calman as the Narrator. The Odyssey: The Penny Dreadfuls take on Homer's tale of Odyseuss's epic journey home from the Trojan Wars and the incredible monsters and enchantress he encounters en route. Starring Robert Webb as Odysseus. The Curse of the Beagle: In 1831, a 22-year-old Charles Darwin set sail on HMS Beagle for a five-year voyage that changed the course of his life. He later published his stories of the trip, but in this reimagining The Penny Dreadfuls uncover the untold story that Darwin kept to himself. Produced by Julia McKenzie.Show more
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