Chain Reaction Extra

Episodes

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01Ed Byrne Interviews Al Murray20160402 (BBC7)

Specially extended episode for BBC Radio 4 Extra from series 11 of Chain Reaction, with bonus material. Two heavyweights of stand-up are in conversation as Ed Byrne interviews Al Murray.

Ed Byrne is an Irish stand-up comedian and actor - a favourite for 20 years. His celebrated observational routines made him a leading light of the UK stand-up circuit in the mid-90s and he went on to tour internationally, playing festivals and theatres across the world. In 1998 he was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival alongside eventual winner Tommy Tiernan, Peter Kay and his interviewee today, Al Murray.

After an early foray into stand-up as a character called 'The Murderer', Al Murray created his famous Pub Landlord character in the mid-90s as part of a touring show with Harry Hill. The Pub Landlord toured worldwide before making his own chat show and sitcom for Sky. Outside of the Pub Landlord, Al is well known as a presenter of history documentaries and more recently as a candidate for parliament - standing against Nigel Farage in South Thanet during the 2015 UK General Election.

In this extended version of the original programme, Ed tackles Al on a vast array of topics from Thackeray's attitude to the Irish to the thorny issue of offence in comedy via how best to talk to McFly.

Producer: Richard Morris

A BBC Radio Comedy Production

The original, un-extended programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2016.

02Al Murray Interviews Ian Hislop20160409 (BBC7)

Specially extended episode for BBC Radio 4 Extra from series 11 of Chain Reaction, with bonus material. Pub Landlord creator, Al Murray passes the baton to the comedian and satirist Ian Hislop.

After an early foray into stand-up as a character called 'The Murderer', Al Murray created his famous Pub Landlord character in the mid-90s as part of a touring show with Harry Hill. The Pub Landlord toured worldwide before making his own chat show and sitcom for Sky. Outside of the Pub Landlord, Al is well known as a presenter of history documentaries and more recently as a candidate for parliament - standing against Nigel Farage in South Thanet during the 2015 UK General Election.

Al's guest Ian Hislop is much more used to the cut and thrust of British politics both as a long-standing team captain on 'Have I Got News for You' and as the editor of satirical magazine Private Eye. As a dedicated fan and student of history, he's made several acclaimed documentaries on wide-ranging subjects including conscientious objectors and The Beeching Report.

In this extended version of the original programme, Al grills Ian on his early days writing for such comedians as Harry Enfield, asks how we should define the role of the satirist and poses the intriguing question, 'what's it like being sued?'

Producer: Richard Morris

A BBC Radio Comedy Production

The original, un-extended programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2016.

03Sandi Toksvig Interviews Roy Hudd20160416 (BBC7)

Extended episode for BBC Radio 4 Extra from series 11 with bonus material as Sandi Toksvig chats to Roy Hudd. From March 2016.