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0101Human Deterioration2004070520200303 (BBC7)
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20200307 (BBC7)

Pam Ayres kicks off her own poetry and sketch show starting with the theme of deterioration.. of eyesight, figure, memory....the list goes on.

With poems about being Too Fat and buying a Wonderbra.

Plus sketches about being Topless at 60 and how to spice up your love life with a little celebrity fantasy in a sketch called Me and Michael Aspel.

With Geoffrey Whitehead and Felicity Montagu.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2004.

Poetry and sketches with Pam Ayres, Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead.

Pam Ayres presents a series packed with poetry, anecdotes and sketches

0102Holidays2004071220200310 (BBC7)
20200311 (BBC7)

Poetry and sketches about the challenges of online booking, travelling light and skiing.

Pam Ayres presents a series packed with poetry, anecdotes and sketches

Pam Ayres's poetry and sketch show looks at holidays,

With poems about packing too much and learning to ski at 50-something.

Plus sketches about booking a holiday online and getting shingles up the Orinoco.

With Geoffrey Whitehead and Felicity Montagu.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2004.

0103The Countryside2004071920200317 (BBC7)
20200318 (BBC7)

Bored chickens and aggrieved starlings. Rural poetry and sketches from Pam Ayres.

Pam Ayres presents a series packed with poetry, anecdotes and sketches

0104Children2004072620200324 (BBC7)
20200325 (BBC7)

A school play and parents discussing s-e-x. Poetry and sketches from Pam Ayres. From 2004.

Pam Ayres presents a series packed with poetry, anecdotes and sketches

0601Still In The Game20180319

Much-loved poet and entertainer Pam Ayres returns to BBC Radio 4 with four new shows packed with poems, sketches and anecdotes that will make you laugh out loud.

Today's theme is 'Still in the Game' - about getting older... but not giving in!

There are sketches about the horror of being offered a seat on the train for the first time, to dye or not to dye grey hair, and still dancing in the aisles to Bruce Springsteen. Also, Pam performs poems including 'The Geriatric Juliet' about a faded actress and 'The Next Big Thing' in which Pam positively welcomes and embraces the idea of buying larger sizes in clothes.

Over the course of this series, Pam also regales the audience with stories and poems on the subjects of holidays, being a grandparent and what home means to her.
She is joined for the sketches by actors Felicity Montagu (Lynn in I'm Alan Partridge) and Geoffrey Whitehead (Not Going Out, Still Open All Hours).

Written by: Pam Ayres, Jan Etherington, Laura Major and Peter Reynolds.
Starring Pam Ayres, Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead.
Producer: Claire Jones.

Poet and entertainer Pam Ayres explores getting older... but not giving in.

Pam Ayres presents a series packed with poetry, anecdotes and sketches

0602Home20180326

Much-loved poet and entertainer Pam Ayres returns to BBC Radio 4 with four new shows packed with poems, sketches and anecdotes that will make you laugh out loud.

Today's theme is 'Home'.

Today there are sketches about the trials of recycling, the difficulty of throwing stuff away when you move house, and the disappointment of visiting your childhood home. Also Pam performs poems including 'Up in the Attic' about that other-worldly part of your home; 'Pitiful' about watching the unsuccessful attempts of a DIYer; 'Worm Farm' about embracing being green and 'Ere Come the Bastards Now' about passionately regretting inviting people round to your house for a dinner party.

Over the course of this series, Pam also regales the audience with stories and poems on the subjects of getting older but not giving in, about holidays and about being a grandparent.

She is joined for the sketches by actors Felicity Montagu (Lynn in I'm Alan Partridge) and Geoffrey Whitehead (Not Going Out, Still Open All Hours).

Written by: Pam Ayres, Jan Etherington, Claire Jones, Bryce Hart and Peter Reynolds.
Starring Pam Ayres, Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead.
Producer: Claire Jones
This is a BBC Studios Production.

Poet and entertainer Pam Ayres presents poems, sketches and anecdotes on the theme of home

Pam Ayres presents a series packed with poetry, anecdotes and sketches

0603Grandparents20180402

Much-loved poet and entertainer Pam Ayres returns to BBC Radio 4 with four new shows packed with poems, sketches and anecdotes that will make you laugh out loud.

Today's theme is 'Grandparents'.

Today there are sketches about how to get your grandchild to sleep, following instructions when babysitting, and misbehaving as a grandparent. Also Pam performs poems including 'Granny Got Whiskers' about how little grandchildren can sometimes be too honest; 'My Little Grandson' about boasting about your new grandchild, and 'Unfinished' about never finishing those baby's bootees that you meant to knit.

Over the course of this series, Pam also regales the audience with stories and poems on the subjects of getting older but not giving in, about holidays and about home.

She is joined for the sketches by actors Felicity Montagu (Lynn in I'm Alan Partridge) and Geoffrey Whitehead (Not Going Out, Still Open All Hours).

Written by: Pam Ayres, Jan Etherington, Claire Wetton, Jenny Laville and Peter Reynolds.
Starring Pam Ayres, Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead.
Producer: Claire Jones
This is a BBC Studios Production.

Poet and entertainer Pam Ayres presents poems, sketches and anecdotes.

Pam Ayres presents a series packed with poetry, anecdotes and sketches

0604Holidays20180409

Much-loved poet and entertainer Pam Ayres returns to BBC Radio 4 with four new shows packed with poems, sketches and anecdotes that will make you laugh out loud.

Today's theme is 'Holidays'.

Today there are sketches about choosing the perfect swimsuit; holiday one-upmanship, and how you know when it's time to get a bigger cabin.

Pam shares memories of how glamorous flying used to be when she first started to fly in the 1960s; stories about gifts and souvenirs which definitely don't travel, and the saga of buying her first ever wetsuit.

Pam also performs some new poems including 'Don't Put Me Dinner on a Slate' about the latest pub grub fashion, and three sections from a new linked series of poems called 'Flight Time'. Inspired by the trials and tribulations of long-distance flying, the first poem is about arrival and check-in, the second about the consequences of the in-flight meal and the third about the delights of the on-board toilets.

She is joined for the sketches by actors Felicity Montagu (Lynn in I'm Alan Partridge) and Geoffrey Whitehead (Not Going Out, Still Open All Hours).

Written by: Pam Ayres, Jan Etherington, Jenny Laville, Laura Major and Peter Reynolds.
Starring Pam Ayres, Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead.
Producer: Claire Jones
This is a BBC Studios Production.

Poet and entertainer Pam Ayres presents poems, sketches and anecdotes.

Pam Ayres presents a series packed with poetry, anecdotes and sketches