Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar

Alexei Sayle delivers stand-up, memoir and philosophy from his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Episodes

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The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Alexei explores his impulse to pretend and love of sandwiches. Along the way he reveals the little known origin of the prawn cocktail, debunks the myth that the Earl of Sandwich was the first person to put a bit of meat between two slices of bread and discusses the hidden depths of Taylor Swift.

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle
Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

Episode 1 - Pretending and Sandwiches

Alexei Sayle explores his impulse to pretend and love of sandwiches.

Producer: Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2016.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

0102Political Beliefs2016112220170613
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The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Episode 2 - Political Beliefs

Alexei explores his political beliefs system, looking back at his childhood in a communist house-hold, his career as a drug-dealer and his physical attraction to Boris Johnson.

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

Alexei explores his political beliefs system, looking back at his childhood in a communist household, his career as a drug-dealer and his physical attraction to Boris Johnson.

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle.

Producer: Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2016

0103Careerism2016112920170620
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Alexei reveals the surprising reason he disappeared from our TV screens in the 1990's, recounts a chance meeting with Ed Miliband, discusses rampant nepotism in most coveted careers and draws a striking comparison between capitalism and all you can eat buffets.

The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle.

Additional Material from Liam Beirne.

Producer: Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2016

Alexei reveals the surprising reason he disappeared from our TV screens in the 1990s.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Episode 3 - Careerism

Alexei reveals the surprising reason he disappeared from our TV screens in the 1990's, recounts a chance meeting with Ed Miliband, discusses rampant nepotism in most coveted careers and draws a striking comparisons between capitalism and all you can eat buffets.

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle
Additional Material from Liam Beirne
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle.

0104 LASTHistory And The Role Of The Entertainer2016120620170627
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Alexei explores the role of the entertainer and explains why he will never go on Strictly.

The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Episode 4 - History and the Role of the Entertainer

Alexei explores the role of the entertainer. Along the way he explains why he will never go on Strictly Come Dancing, the reason Newsnight needs to be 11 hours long and questions why TV comedy panel shows help rehabilitate the careers of 'war criminals'.

Starring Alexei Sayle, Jake Yapp, Nicholas Parsons and Paul Merton
Written by Alexei Sayle
Additional Material by Sarah Campbell
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

Starring Alexei Sayle, Jake Yapp, Nicholas Parsons and Paul Merton

Produced by Joe Nunnery

Starring Alexei Sayle, Jake Yapp, Nicholas Parsons and Paul Merton
Written by Alexei Sayle
Additional Material by Sarah Campbell
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Starring Alexei Sayle, Jake Yapp, Nicholas Parsons and Paul Merton

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle.

Additional Material by Sarah Campbell.

Producer: Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2016.

0201Britain's Place In The World2017110920171116 (BBC7)
20171117 (BBC7)
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20191029 (R4)
The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Episode 1 - Britain's Place in the World

Alexei considers Britain's place in the world and discusses his return to stand-up comedy after a 17 year hiatus. Along the way he reveals where all of the Millets shops have gone, discloses the key to reworking old material for a modern audience and offers a compelling argument for Britain losing a war - and soon.

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle
Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle
Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

0202The Financial Crash2017111620171123 (BBC7)
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Alexei considers the causes and fall-out of the 2008 financial crash, the appeal of Donald Trump and laments his lack of mainstream success.

The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Written by Alexei Sayle

Performed by Alexei Sayle with Sean Baker

Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton

Producer: Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2017.

Alexei Sayle considers the causes and fallout of the 2008 financial crash.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Episode 2 - The Financial Crash

Written by Alexei Sayle
Performed by Alexei Sayle with Sean Baker
Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

Written by Alexei Sayle
Performed by Alexei Sayle with Sean Baker
Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

0203Death And Travel2017112320171130 (BBC7)
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20191112 (R4)
Alexei considers travel to places both real and imaginary. Along the way he reveals why Radio 4 is a staple for Merchant seamen, how to get a cheap drink in the centre of Paris and the impulses he must fight when on holiday.

Written by Alexei Sayle with additional material from Ben Partridge.
Performed by Alexei Sayle with Ian Smith
Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

Alexei Sayle considers travel to places both real and imaginary.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Episode 3 - Death and Travel

Written by Alexei Sayle with additional material from Ben Partridge.
Performed by Alexei Sayle with Ian Smith
Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

0204 LASTLa Vie Moral2017113020171207 (BBC7)
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20191119 (R4)
Alexei considers how one might live an ethical life.

Episode 4 - La Vie Moral

Alexei considers how one might live an ethical life, recounts the difficulties he faced when tracking down his lost cat and pays penance for a feud with another performer.

Written by Alexei Sayle
Performed by Alexei Sayle
Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

0301Corbyn And The Left2019091220190919 (BBC7)
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Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Alexei offers his thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn and the Left, laments the decline of small business and explains what the 1997 film Starship Troopers can teach us all.

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Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Alexei tells the story of a long lost tin of p t退, offers his thoughts on the gig economy and reveals what he believes to be the secret war being waged by the old on the young.

0303Rage And Resentment2019092620191003 (BBC7)
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Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

Alexei considers the roots of his rage and resentment, explores the dangers of magical thinking and contemplates what the philosophies of Bertholt Brecht could offer Premier League football.

Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.

0304 LASTKings Of Comedy2019100320191010 (BBC7)
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Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy.