The Atkinson People

On Wednesdays there's the opportunity to hear Rowan Atkinson (pictured above) in his very early days of comedy, delivering a fascinating collection of satirical investigations into the lives of fictional great men.

This series, first broadcast on Radio 3 in 1978, was written by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Griff Rhys Jones (who was a BBC staff radio producer in those days).

In addition to Rowan, it stars Hugh Thomas and Peter Wilson.

A satirical, wry, parodic, startling and in-depth investigation into the life of an imaginary great man.

With Rowan Atkinson, who scripted the shows with Richard Curtis.

Other characters played by Hugh Thomas and Peter Wilson.

Episodes

EpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
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01Sir Corin Basin1979042420040504 (BBC7)
20040505 (BBC7)
20070131 BT=2230 (BBC7)
20070131 (BBC7)
20070201 BT=0330 (BBC7)
20070201 (BBC7)
20080725 BT=2300 (BBC7)
20080725 (BBC7)
20080726 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080726 (BBC7)
20091229 (BBC7)
20110502 (BBC7)
20111229 (BBC7)
20121206 (BBC7)
20150107 (BBC7)
20161124 (BBC7)
20161125 (BBC7)
20161126 (BBC7)

On Wednesdays there's the opportunity to hear Rowan Atkinson (pictured above) in his very early days of comedy, delivering a fascinating collection of satirical investigations into the lives of fictional great men.

This series, first broadcast on Radio 3 in 1978, was written by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Griff Rhys Jones (who was a BBC staff radio producer in those days).

In addition to Rowan, it stars Hugh Thomas and Peter Wilson.

A satirical, wry, parodic, startling and in-depth investigation into the life of an imaginary great man.

With Rowan Atkinson, who scripted the shows with Richard Curtis.

Other characters played by Hugh Thomas and Peter Wilson.The actor, raconteur and general bore talks to just about anyone who will listen. Stars Rowan Atkinson. From April 1979.

The actor, raconteur and general bore talks to just about anyone who will listen. Stars Rowan Atkinson. From April 1979.

The actor, raconteur and general bore talks to anyone who will listen. From April 1979.

The actor, raconteur and general bore talks to just about anyone who will listen.

Stars Rowan Atkinson.

From April 1979.

The actor, raconteur and general bore talks to anyone who will listen.

Actor, raconteur and general bore Sir Corin Basin talks to...

well just about anyone who will listen.

The actor, raconteur and general bore will talk to anyone who'll listen.

Starring Rowan Atkinson.

Other characters played by Hugh Thomas and Peter Wilson.

Actor, raconteur and general bore, Sir Corin Basin talks to just about anyone who will listen.

The actor, raconteur and general bore will talk to anyone who'll listen. Starring Rowan Atkinson.

02Sir Benjamin Fletcher1979042820040511 (BBC7)
20040512 (BBC7)
20070207 (BBC7)
20070208 (BBC7)
20080801 (BBC7)
20080802 (BBC7)
20100105 (BBC7)
20110509 (BBC7)
20120105 (BBC7)
20121213 (BBC7)
20150114 (BBC7)
20161201 (BBC7)
20161202 (BBC7)

Rowan Atkinson's satirical investigation into the life of the fictional master orator. With Hugh Thomas. From April 1979.

Rowan Atkinson's satirical investigation into the life of the fictional master orator.

With Hugh Thomas.

From April 1979.

Master orator Sir Benjamin Fletcher gets a going over from Rowan Atkinson.

02Sir Benjamin Fletcher1979050120070207 BT=2230 (BBC7)
20070208 BT=0330 (BBC7)
20080801 BT=2300 (BBC7)
20080801 (BBC7)
20080802 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20161201 (BBC7)
20161202 (BBC7)

Rowan Atkinson's satirical investigation into the life of the fictional master orator.

Rowan Atkinson's satirical investigation into the life of the fictional master orator. With Hugh Thomas. From April 1979.

Master orator Sir Benjamin Fletcher gets a going over from Rowan Atkinson.

Rowan Atkinson's satirical investigation into the life of the fictional master orator. From April 1979.

03George Dupont1979043020040518 (BBC7)
20040519 (BBC7)
20070214 (BBC7)
20070215 (BBC7)
20080808 (BBC7)
20080809 (BBC7)
20100112 (BBC7)
20110516 (BBC7)
20120112 (BBC7)
20121220 (BBC7)
20150121 (BBC7)
20161208 (BBC7)
20161209 (BBC7)

The French philosopher remains an enigma, despite an exhaustive biography. Rowan Atkinson's satirical probe. From April 1979.

French thinker George Dupont remains an enigma despite an exhaustive biography.

The French philosopher remains an enigma, despite an exhaustive biography.

03George Dupont1979050520070214 BT=2230 (BBC7)
20070215 BT=0330 (BBC7)
20080808 BT=2300 (BBC7)
20080808 (BBC7)
20080809 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20110516 (BBC7)
20120112 (BBC7)
20121220 (BBC7)
20161208 (BBC7)
20161209 (BBC7)

The French philosopher remains an enigma, despite an exhaustive biography.

The French philosopher remains an enigma, despite an exhaustive biography. Rowan Atkinson's satirical probe. From April 1979.

remains an enigma despite an exhaustive biography.

George Dupont remains an enigma despite an exhaustive biography.

04Barry Good1979050720070221 BT=2230 (BBC7)
20070222 BT=0330 (BBC7)
20080829 BT=2300 (BBC7)
20080829 (BBC7)
20080830 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20150128 (BBC7)
20161215 (BBC7)
20161216 (BBC7)

A wry, startling, in-depth probe into the life of a spoof pop star.

A wry, startling, in-depth probe into the life of a spoof pop star. Stars Rowan Atkinson. From November 1979.

A satirical, wry, parodic, startling and in-depth investigation into the life of an imaginary great man. With Rowan Atkinson.

04 LASTBarry Good1979110220040525 (BBC7)
20040526 (BBC7)
20070221 (BBC7)
20070222 (BBC7)
20080829 (BBC7)
20080830 (BBC7)
20100119 (BBC7)
20110523 (BBC7)
20121227 (BBC7)
20150128 (BBC7)

A wry, startling, in-depth probe into the life of a spoof pop star. Stars Rowan Atkinson.

A wry, startling, in-depth probe into the life of a spoof pop star.

A wry, startling, in-depth probe into the life of a spoof pop star. Stars Rowan Atkinson. From November 1979.