The Comedy Controller

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20060304 (BBC7)Arthur Smith introduces some of his favourite comedies.
20060305 (BBC7)Arthur Smith introduces some of his favourite comedies.
20050130 (BBC7)Arthur Smith introduces some of his favourite comedies: Round The Horne: The Palone Ranger, The Million Pound Radio Show, People Like Us, Radio Active, and more.
20050129 (BBC7)Arthur Smith introduces some of his favourite comedies: Round The Horne: The Palone Ranger, The Million Pound Radio Show, People Like Us, Radio Active, and more.

Arthur Smith introduces some of his favourite comedies: Round The Horne: The Palone Ranger, The Million Pound Radio Show, People Like Us, and more.

20050910 (BBC7)Helen Atkinson-wood introduces a selection of comedy shows. Including Dead Ringers and Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter.
20050911 (BBC7)Helen Atkinson-wood introduces a selection of comedy shows. Including Dead Ringers and Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter.
20060520 (BBC7)Helen Atkinson-wood introduces a selection of comedy shows.
20060521 (BBC7)Helen Atkinson-wood introduces a selection of comedy shows.
20061104 (BBC7)A guest selects comedies. This week, Rainer Hersch's choice includes The Miles and Millner Show, All Classical Music Explained and The Cambridge Buskers.
20061105 (BBC7)A guest selects comedies. This week, Rainer Hersch's choice includes The Miles and Millner Show, All Classical Music Explained and The Cambridge Buskers.
20061029 (BBC7)A guest selects six of their favourite comedies. Jenny Eclair talks about what makes her laugh, her own work and that of her contemporaries.
20050924 (BBC7)Arnold Brown introduces a selection of favourite comedies, including editions of The Al Read Show, Arnold Brown and Company and two parts of People Like Us.
20050925 (BBC7)Arnold Brown introduces a selection of favourite comedies, including editions of The Al Read Show, Arnold Brown and Company and two parts of People Like Us.
20070922 (BBC7)BBC 6 Music presenter Tom Robinson introduces his choice of favourite radio comedies. Featuring Radio Active (July 1985), The Very World of Milton Jones (Oct 1999), King Cutler (Feb 1990), Round The Horne (Feb 1967), The Boosh - Jazz (Feb 2001) and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (June 2000)
20070923 (BBC7)BBC 6 Music presenter Tom Robinson introduces his choice of favourite radio comedies. Featuring Radio Active (July 1985), The Very World of Milton Jones (Oct 1999), King Cutler (Feb 1990), Round The Horne (Feb 1967), The Boosh - Jazz (Feb 2001) and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (June 2000)
20070630 (BBC7)Bill Oddie

'Professor' Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century with a little help from Up the Pole (01/11/1948), ITMA (06/01/1949), Archie's the Boy (11/11/1954), Beyond Our Ken (27/05/1960), On The Hour (14/05/1992), and On The Town with the League of Gentlemen (27/11/1997).

20070701 (BBC7)Bill Oddie

'Professor' Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century with a little help from Up the Pole (01/11/1948), ITMA (06/01/1949), Archie's the Boy (11/11/1954), Beyond Our Ken (27/05/1960), On The Hour (14/05/1992), and On The Town with the League of Gentlemen (27/11/1997).

20071209 (BBC7)Bill Oddie

'Professor' Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century with a little help from Up the Pole (01/11/1948), ITMA (06/01/1949), Archie's the Boy (11/11/1954), Beyond Our Ken (27/05/1960), On The Hour (14/05/1992), and On The Town with the League of Gentlemen (27/11/1997).

20071208 (BBC7)Bill Oddie

'Professor' Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century with a little help from Up the Pole (01/11/1948), ITMA (06/01/1949), Archie's the Boy (11/11/1954), Beyond Our Ken (27/05/1960), On The Hour (14/05/1992), and On The Town with the League of Gentlemen (27/11/1997).

'Professor' Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century with a little help from Up the Pole (01/11/1948), ITMA (06/01/1949), Archie's the Boy (11/11/1954), Beyond Our Ken (27/05/1960), On The Hour (14/05/1992), and On The Town with the League of Gentlemen (27/11/1997).

20081012 (BBC7)Bill Oddie

'Professor' Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century. Questions will be asked afterwards, so do pay attention. This lavishly illustrated lecture includes Up the Pole (first broadcast 01/11/1948), ITMA (06/01/1949), Archie's the Boy (11/11/1954), Beyond Our Ken (27/05/1960), On the Hour (14/05/1992) and On the Town with the League of Gentlemen (27/11/1997).

20081011 (BBC7)Bill Oddie

'Professor' Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century. Questions will be asked afterwards, so do pay attention. This lavishly illustrated lecture includes Up the Pole (first broadcast 01/11/1948), ITMA (06/01/1949), Archie's the Boy (11/11/1954), Beyond Our Ken (27/05/1960), On the Hour (14/05/1992) and On the Town with the League of Gentlemen (27/11/1997).

'Professor' Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century. Questions will be asked afterwards, so do pay attention. This lavishly illustrated lecture includes Up the Pole (first broadcast 01/11/1948), ITMA (06/01/1949), Archie's the Boy (11/11/1954), Beyond Our Ken (27/05/1960), On the Hour (14/05/1992) and On the Town with the League of Gentlemen (27/11/1997).

20060325 (BBC7)Classic comedian Eric Sykes picks some of his favourite radio comedies.
20060326 (BBC7)Classic comedian Eric Sykes picks some of his favourite radio comedies.
20051016 (BBC7)David Hatch introduces comedy including Just a Minute, The Burkiss Way, Doctor in the House, Brothers in Law and What Ho! Jeeves - Stiff Upper Lip.
20060311 (BBC7)Dominic Holland introduces some of his favourite comedies.
20060312 (BBC7)Dominic Holland introduces some of his favourite comedies.
20070505 (BBC7)Fred MacAulay

Comedian Fred MacAulay chooses his favourite comedies and talks about the comedians who influenced him while he was a young accountant in Aviemore. Including Radio Active (08/09/1981); Variety is the Spice of Life (14/08/2002); The Alan Davies Show (19/04/1998); Just a Minute (12/07/1999); On the Hour (06/09/1991); and A Bit of Fry and Laurie (04/08/1994).

Comedian Fred MacAulay chooses his favourite comedies and talks about the comedians who influenced him while he was a young accountant in Aviemore. Including Radio Active (08/09/1981); Variety is the Spice of Life (14/08/2002); The Alan Davies Show (19/04/1998); Just a Minute (12/07/1999); On the Hour (06/09/1991); and A Bit of Fry and Laurie (04/08/1994).

20070506 (BBC7)Fred MacAulay

Comedian Fred MacAulay chooses his favourite comedies and talks about the comedians who influenced him while he was a young accountant in Aviemore. Including Radio Active (08/09/1981); Variety is the Spice of Life (14/08/2002); The Alan Davies Show (19/04/1998); Just a Minute (12/07/1999); On the Hour (06/09/1991); and A Bit of Fry and Laurie (04/08/1994).

20080420 (BBC7)Fred MacAulay

Comedian Fred MacAulay chooses his favourite comedies and talks about the comedians who influenced him while he was a young accountant in Aviemore.

Including Radio Active (08/09/1981); Variety is the Spice of Life (14/08/2002); The Alan Davies Show (19/04/1998); Just a Minute (12/07/1999); On the Hour (06/09/1991); and A Bit of Fry and Laurie (04/08/1994).

20080419 (BBC7)Fred MacAulay

Comedian Fred MacAulay chooses his favourite comedies and talks about the comedians who influenced him while he was a young accountant in Aviemore.

Including Radio Active (08/09/1981); Variety is the Spice of Life (14/08/2002); The Alan Davies Show (19/04/1998); Just a Minute (12/07/1999); On the Hour (06/09/1991); and A Bit of Fry and Laurie (04/08/1994).

Including Radio Active (08/09/1981); Variety is the Spice of Life (14/08/2002); The Alan Davies Show (19/04/1998); Just a Minute (12/07/1999); On the Hour (06/09/1991); and A Bit of Fry and Laurie (04/08/1994).

20060617 (BBC7)In the Controller's seat - Tony Hawks.
20060618 (BBC7)In the Controller's seat - Tony Hawks.
20071104 (BBC7)In tribute to the late Ned Sherrin, another chance to hear some of his favourite radio comedy moments.

Featuring Round the Horne (02/04/1967); I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (14/01/1989); The Mark Steel Solution 'Sexual Politics' (07/06/2003); Dead Ringers (07/03/2003), and Goodness Gracious Me (01/01/2003).

20071103 (BBC7)In tribute to the late Ned Sherrin, another chance to hear some of his favourite radio comedy moments.

Featuring Round the Horne (02/04/1967); I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (14/01/1989); The Mark Steel Solution 'Sexual Politics' (07/06/2003); Dead Ringers (07/03/2003), and Goodness Gracious Me (01/01/2003).

Featuring Round the Horne (02/04/1967); I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (14/01/1989); The Mark Steel Solution 'Sexual Politics' (07/06/2003); Dead Ringers (07/03/2003), and Goodness Gracious Me (01/01/2003).

20060610 (BBC7)John Hegley chooses some of his favourite programmes.
20060611 (BBC7)John Hegley chooses some of his favourite programmes.
20080113 (BBC7)Justin Moorhouse selects six of his favourite comedies and talks about his upbringing and comedy influences.

Featuring Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, On the Town With the League of Gentlemen, Ross Noble Goes Global - South Africa, Radio Shuttleworth and Listen to Les.

20080112 (BBC7)Justin Moorhouse selects six of his favourite comedies and talks about his upbringing and comedy influences.

Featuring Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, On the Town With the League of Gentlemen, Ross Noble Goes Global - South Africa, Radio Shuttleworth and Listen to Les.

Featuring Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, On the Town With the League of Gentlemen, Ross Noble Goes Global - South Africa, Radio Shuttleworth and Listen to Les.

20050709 (BBC7)Justin Moorhouse, aka Young Kenny from Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, presents his choice of the best radio comedy.
20050710 (BBC7)Justin Moorhouse, aka Young Kenny from Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, presents his choice of the best radio comedy.
20080928 (BBC7)Ned Sherrin

To mark the first anniversary of the passing of the witty broadcaster and writer, another chance to hear some of his favourite radio comedy moments.

Featuring 'Round the Horne' (02/04/1967), 'The Mark Steel Solution - Sexual Politics' (07/06/2003), 'Dead Ringers' (07/03/2003) and 'Goodness Gracious Me' (01/01/2003).

20060506 (BBC7)One of Britain's leading comic actresses, Helen Lederer chooses some of her favourite radio programmes (including her own!).
20060507 (BBC7)One of Britain's leading comic actresses, Helen Lederer chooses some of her favourite radio programmes (including her own!).
20081026 (BBC7)Phil Cornwell

The comedian and impersonator chooses some of his all-time favourite radio comedy, both as a listener and performer. Includes Dead Ringers (08/12/2000); The Clitheroe Kid 'The Keyhole Kid' (17/04/1961); Knowing Me, Knowing You (05/01/1993); The Goon Show 'The Affair of the Lone Banana' (26/10/1954); The World of Pub (11/03/1998 and 25/03/1998) and Steptoe & Son 'The Desperate Hours' (26/05/1974).

20081025 (BBC7)Phil Cornwell

The comedian and impersonator chooses some of his all-time favourite radio comedy, both as a listener and performer. Includes Dead Ringers (08/12/2000); The Clitheroe Kid 'The Keyhole Kid' (17/04/1961); Knowing Me, Knowing You (05/01/1993); The Goon Show 'The Affair of the Lone Banana' (26/10/1954); The World of Pub (11/03/1998 and 25/03/1998) and Steptoe & Son 'The Desperate Hours' (26/05/1974).

The comedian and impersonator chooses some of his all-time favourite radio comedy, both as a listener and performer. Includes Dead Ringers (08/12/2000); The Clitheroe Kid 'The Keyhole Kid' (17/04/1961); Knowing Me, Knowing You (05/01/1993); The Goon Show 'The Affair of the Lone Banana' (26/10/1954); The World of Pub (11/03/1998 and 25/03/1998) and Steptoe & Son 'The Desperate Hours' (26/05/1974).

20060603 (BBC7)'Professor' Bill Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century.
20060604 (BBC7)'Professor' Bill Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century.
20051203 (BBC7)Rainer Hersch: Rainer Hersch's passion is music but he also has another: comedy. As BBC 7's Comedy Controller, he puts the two together.
20051204 (BBC7)Rainer Hersch: Rainer Hersch's passion is music but he also has another: comedy. As BBC 7's Comedy Controller, he puts the two together.
20080907 (BBC7)Rainer Hersch

The musician and stand-up comedian uses both his talents to help choose his selections.

Rainer Hersch's All Classical Music Explained (14/10/98); My Music (25/02/81); The Mark Steel Lectures - Beethoven (18/09/02); Rainer Hersch's Twentieth Century Retrospective (21/12/98); The Miles and Millner Show (17/10/92) and The Cambridge Buskers (27/09/85 and 27/03/85).

20080906 (BBC7)Rainer Hersch

The musician and stand-up comedian uses both his talents to help choose his selections.

Rainer Hersch's All Classical Music Explained (14/10/98); My Music (25/02/81); The Mark Steel Lectures - Beethoven (18/09/02); Rainer Hersch's Twentieth Century Retrospective (21/12/98); The Miles and Millner Show (17/10/92) and The Cambridge Buskers (27/09/85 and 27/03/85).

Rainer Hersch's All Classical Music Explained (14/10/98); My Music (25/02/81); The Mark Steel Lectures - Beethoven (18/09/02); Rainer Hersch's Twentieth Century Retrospective (21/12/98); The Miles and Millner Show (17/10/92) and The Cambridge Buskers (27/09/85 and 27/03/85).

20070916 (BBC7)Rainer Hersch's passion is music but he also has another - comedy. As BBC 7's Comedy Controller, he puts the two together and manages to squeeze in a couple of his own programmes.

Sit back and enjoy Rainer Hersch's All Classical Music Explained (Oct 1998), My Music (Feb 1981), The Mark Steel Lectures - Beethoven (Sept 2002), Rainer Hersch's Twentieth Century Retrospective (Dec 1998), The Miles and Millner show (Oct 1992) and The Cambridge Buskers (March and Sept 1985).

20070915 (BBC7)Rainer Hersch's passion is music but he also has another - comedy. As BBC 7's Comedy Controller, he puts the two together and manages to squeeze in a couple of his own programmes.

Sit back and enjoy Rainer Hersch's All Classical Music Explained (Oct 1998), My Music (Feb 1981), The Mark Steel Lectures - Beethoven (Sept 2002), Rainer Hersch's Twentieth Century Retrospective (Dec 1998), The Miles and Millner show (Oct 1992) and The Cambridge Buskers (March and Sept 1985).

Sit back and enjoy Rainer Hersch's All Classical Music Explained (Oct 1998), My Music (Feb 1981), The Mark Steel Lectures - Beethoven (Sept 2002), Rainer Hersch's Twentieth Century Retrospective (Dec 1998), The Miles and Millner show (Oct 1992) and The Cambridge Buskers (March and Sept 1985).

20060415 (BBC7)Richard Herring: The comic and writer introduces his selection of comedy, including Just a Minute, Spinal Tap: All the Way to Eleven and Radio Active.
20060416 (BBC7)Richard Herring: The comic and writer introduces his selection of comedy, including Just a Minute, Spinal Tap: All the Way to Eleven and Radio Active.
20060827 (BBC7)The critically-acclaimed writer and comedian is widely acknowledged as one of the UK's best female stand-ups, famous for her legendary one-woman shows. Her programme choices include an episode of Hancock's Half Hour never heard before on BBC7.

It's That Jo Caulfield Again (07/02/2006)

Listen o Les (04/03/1995)

Hancock's Half Hour - Fred's Pie Stall (first broadcast 10/11/1959)

The News Quiz (09/06/2000)

The Bona History of Julian and Sandy (16/12/1998)

Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun (12/10/1993)

20060826 (BBC7)The critically-acclaimed writer and comedian is widely acknowledged as one of the UK's best female stand-ups, famous for her legendary one-woman shows. Her programme choices include an episode of Hancock's Half Hour never heard before on BBC7.

It's That Jo Caulfield Again (07/02/2006)

Listen o Les (04/03/1995)

Hancock's Half Hour - Fred's Pie Stall (first broadcast 10/11/1959)

The News Quiz (09/06/2000)

The Bona History of Julian and Sandy (16/12/1998)

Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun (12/10/1993)

Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun (12/10/1993)

20060318 (BBC7)Tom Robinson introduces some of his favourite comedies.
20050917 (BBC7)Tony Hawks introduces a selection of comedy shows. Including Hancock's Half Hour and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.
20050918 (BBC7)Tony Hawks introduces a selection of comedy shows. Including Hancock's Half Hour and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.
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The comedian chooses his radio faves - Round the Horne, The Million Pound Radio Show, People Like Us, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, Goodness Gracious Me and Radio Active.

Including Round the Horne, The Million Pound Radio Show and People Like Us.

Round the Horne


The Million Pound Radio Show


People Like Us (included in 20091024 broadcast)


Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation


Goodness Gracious Me


Radio Active

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Helen Atkinson Wood presents a selection of comedy including Ken Dodd, Radio Active, Dead Ringers, Whose Line Is It Anyway, People Like Us and Just A Minute.
30/12/200720110423 (BBC7)The singer's selection includes We Interrupt This Programme and Clare In The Community.

The Sheffield singer selects Alison and Maud, Saturday Night Fry, We Interrupt This Programme, Clare In The Community, some Shuttleworths, plus Roy D Mercer makes a phone call.

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The Antipodean funny man opens up his own personal comedy preferences. Including The Goon Show, Kenny Everett - The Local Radio Years, League of Gentlemen, Flight of the Conchords and Little Britain.

What do Adelaide, Melbourne and Edinburgh all have in common? Their Fringe and comedy festivals have all been host to popular and critically-lauded shows from this sunny Australian comic. A purveyor of self-confessed ""positive uplifting comedy"", Adam has been a Perrier nominee on no less than three separate occasions, and a winner of the Best of the Fest. Not only a veteran of the British panel game circuit - via Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks - he has presented Four at the Store for Radio 4.

A consistently popular comedian, in this programme, Adam shares his love of radio comedy and it's formative role in his comedy career. Go you big red fire engine!

Produced by Martin Dempsey.

Featuring The Goon Show, League of Gentlemen, Flight of the Conchords and Little Britain.

The Antipodean comic shares his favourite funnies: The Goon Show, Kenny Everett: The Local Radio Years, League of Gentlemen, Flight of the Conchords and Little Britain.

Series in which guests choose six comedy shows that have influenced them

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Featuring Round the Horne, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again and The Burkiss Way.

Alexei Sayle, the original alternative stand-up comedian, actor and writer chooses his favourite comedies from the BBC radio archive.

Alexei takes us back to his Liverpool childhood and Sunday lunchtime listening in Round the Horne (1965). There's more illicit childhood listening in I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (1966) starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. Alexi's admiration of rule breakers guides his next choices, the logic defying The Burkiss Way (1980) and the news shattering On the Hour (1992), the original radio home of Alan Partridge.

The idea of making something seem so real but twisting it deviously has always appealed to Alexei, and is at the core of the award-winning spoof radio phone in show, Down the Line (2007), starring Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson. Alexei's final choice finds him interrogating one of his best friends in comedy, the comedian Lenny Henry in Chain Reaction (2005). But did one of comedy's great talkers allow Lenny to get a word in edgeways?

The comedian lines up his favourite radio comedies: Round the Horne, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, The Burkiss Way, On the Hour, Down the Line and Chain Reaction.

Series in which guests choose six comedy shows that have influenced them

Among The Accountant's Picks20111210 (BBC7)The former accountant chooses The Al Read Show, Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, two episodes of Arnold Brown and Company, and People Like Us.

The Al Read Show, and Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead.

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The Mark Steel Solution and Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen.

The poet picks The Mark Steel Solution, John Peel sessions, Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen, Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting and The Adventures of John and Tony.

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I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, The Consultants, A Wet Handle and The Burkiss Way.

's comedy selection includes I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Armando Iannucci: The doyen of comedy's selection includes I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, The Atkinson People, The Consultants, The Burkiss Way and The Big Fun Show.

The comedian chooses his favourite programmes, including I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

The writer, comedian and producer Armando Iannucci chooses some personal favourites, including The Burkiss Way and The Consultants.

The writer, comedian and producer Armando Iannucci chooses some personal favourites, including I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and The Consultants.

The writer, comedian and producer Armando Iannucci chooses some personal favourites:


I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (3/6/02)
The Atkinson People (30/4/79)
The Consultants (27/2/03)
A Wet Handle (2/6/97)
The Museum Of Lost Keyboards (13/12/03)
The Burkiss Way - Is Britain Going the Burkiss Way (23/4/79)
The Big Fun Show (16/1/88]

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The former accountant's selections include The Al Read Show and People Like Us.

The former accountant selects The Al Read Show, Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Arnold Brown and Company and People Like Us.

Former accountant Arnold Brown selects some of his favourite comedy shows, including The Al Read Show, Arnold Brown and Company and People Like Us.

Well into his forties Arnold realised that that accountancy wasn't his passion, and took up a career in comedy instead!

The Al Read Show (15/01/55)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (29/03/71)

I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (16/07/67)

Arnold Brown and Company (04/08/90)

People Like Us: The Estate Agent (29/06/96)

People Like Us: The Policeman (06/07/96]

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"Professor" Bill Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century.

Expect the Prof to challenge some received wisdoms. Questions will be asked afterwards, so do pay close attention please.

Oddie's lavishly illustrated lecture includes these "Goodies":

* Up the Pole:
Love-struck Jimmy is desperate to buy his girl a ring. Starring Jimmy Jewel, Ben Warriss and Jon Pertwee. From 01/11/1948

* ITMA - It's That Man Again:
The last episode, first aired just days before Tommy Handley's death. With Hattie Jacques and Jack Train. From 06/01/1949

* Archie's the Boy:
Chaos ensues as 'Mr Hill' loses his briefcase. Radio ventriloquism starring Archie Andrews and Peter Brough. With Mr Benny Hill. From 11/11/1954

* Beyond Our Ken
Series 3 (7/14):
Kenneth Horne's busy week - and check out the latest film releases in 'Picture Go Round'. With Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick and Betty Marsden. From 27/05/1960

* On the Hour
Series 2 (4/6):
Reports of a right royal shocker, plus Alan Partridge with all the sport. Chris Morris fronts the news satire. With Steve Coogan. From 14/05/1992

* On the Town with the League of Gentlemen
(2/6) Death by Mau Mau:
There's a bug going round Spent. Pre-TV dark-com with Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss. From 13/11/1997

Producer: Nick St George

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in June 2006.

The one-time Goodie's choices include Up the Pole, ITMA, and Archie's the Boy.

Series in which guests choose six comedy shows that have influenced them

"Professor" Bill Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century.

* Up the Pole:
Love-struck Jimmy is desperate to buy his girl a ring. Starring Jimmy Jewel, Ben Warriss and Jon Pertwee. From 01/11/1948

* ITMA - It's That Man Again:
The last episode, first aired just days before Tommy Handley's death. With Hattie Jacques and Jack Train. From 06/01/1949

* Archie's the Boy:
Chaos ensues as 'Mr Hill' loses his briefcase. Radio ventriloquism starring Archie Andrews and Peter Brough. With Mr Benny Hill. From 11/11/1954

* Beyond Our Ken
Series 3 (7/14):
Kenneth Horne's busy week - and check out the latest film releases in 'Picture Go Round'. With Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick and Betty Marsden. From 27/05/1960

* On the Hour
Series 2 (4/6):
Reports of a right royal shocker, plus Alan Partridge with all the sport.Chris Morris fronts the news satire. With Steve Coogan. From 14/05/1992

* On the Town with the League of Gentlemen
(2/6) Death by Mau Mau:
There's a bug going round Spent. Pre-TV dark-com with Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss. From 13/11/1997

The well-known twitcher and one-time Goodie introduces 'Up The Pole', 'ITMA', 'Archie's The Boy', 'Beyond Our Ken', 'On The Hour' and 'On The Town with the League of Gentlemen'.

'Professor' Bill Oddie muses on the development of radio comedy via Up the Pole, ITMA, Archie's the Boy, Beyond Our Ken, On the Hour, and On the Town with the League of Gentlemen.

'Professor' Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century.

Questions will be asked afterwards, so do pay attention.

This lavishly illustrated lecture includes:

Up the Pole (first broadcast 01/11/1948)

ITMA (06/01/1949)

Archie's the Boy (11/11/1954)

Beyond Our Ken (27/05/1960)

On the Hour (14/05/1992)

On the Town with the League of Gentlemen (27/11/1997]

"Professor" Bill Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century. Expect the Prof to challenge some received wisdoms. Questions will be asked afterwards, so do pay close attention please. Oddie's lavishly illustrated lecture includes these "Goodies":

* Beyond Our Ken Series 3 (7/14):
Kenneth Horne's busy week - and check out the latest film releases in 'Picture Go Round'. With Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick and Betty Marsden. From 27/05/1960

* On the Hour Series 2 (4/6):
Reports of a right royal shocker, plus Alan Partridge with all the sport.Chris Morris fronts the news satire. With Steve Coogan. From 14/05/1992

* On the Town with the League of Gentlemen (2/6) Death by Mau Mau:
There's a bug going round Spent. Pre-TV dark-com with Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss. From 13/11/1997

Produced by Nick St George
First broadcast on BBC Radio 7 in 2006.

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The comedian's favourite shows: The Goon Show, Round the Horne, Steptoe and Son, The Burkiss Way, The Big Booth and Hancock's Half Hour.

The comedian's favourite shows include The Goon Show, Round the Horne and Steptoe and Son.

The comedian named after a Lincolnshire market town and his six favourites: The Goon Show, Round the Horne, Steptoe and Son, The Burkiss Way, The Big Booth and Hancock's Half Hour.

Taking his name from a Lincolnshire market town, comedian and musician Boothby Graffoe presents his favourite selection of radio comedy.

Boothby Graffoe

Including:

The Goon Show - The Evils of Bushey Spon (17/03/1958); Round the Horne - From Russia With Love (16/05/1965); Steptoe and Son - Two's Company (28/03/1971); The Burkiss Way (26/12/1979); The Big Booth (29/01/2000); Hancock's Half Hour - The Conjuror (22/02/1956).

Boothby Graffoe chooses his favourite comedies including:

The Goon Show (The Perils of Bushy Spon)

Round the Horne (From RUSSIA With Love)

Steptoe and Son (Two's Company)

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'Radio is my companion'. Presenter, writer, producer Colin Murray is such an enthusiast that he plans his travel around certain radio shows or stocks up with podcasts for the car journey.

Colin's selection includes some of his comedy and radio heroes: Desert Island Discs with castaway Mel Brooks 01/07/1978; Alan Partridge in Knowing Me, Knowing You 05/01/1993; Mark Thomas The Manifesto 02/07/2009; grammar boffins in Many a Slip 05/05/1964; BBC Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle presenter Gerry Anderson and Stewart Lee in Chain Reaction 20/01/2005.

Colin Murray presents Knowing Me Knowing You, Many a Slip, and many more.

The radio presenter digs up Knowing Me Knowing You, Many a Slip, and many more.

Made for 4Extra. BBC Radio 5 live's sports presenter digs up Mel Brooks' Desert Island Discs, Knowing Me Knowing You, Many a Slip, and Mark Thomas and Stewart Lee in Chain Reaction.

5 live's sports presenter digs up Knowing Me Knowing You, Many a Slip, and many more.

Series in which guests choose six comedy shows that have influenced them

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Comedy writer David Quantick is BBC Radio 4 Extra's Comedy Controller for three glorious hours.

His archive choices include Hello Cheeky (02/06/1973), King Cutler (15/02/1990), I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again - Ser 9. 3/8 Star Trek (18/11/1973), Uncle Mort's North Country - Ser 2. 1/5 (13/04/1989), You'll Have Had Your Tea: Hamish & Dougal - Ser 2. 1/6 (25/02/2004)

'Reality Is an Illusion Caused by Lack of NF Simpson' (05/04/2007) is a documentary David made about the surrealist and comic playwright. Plus enjoy three of Simpson's finest 'Snippets' covering the likes of Hereward the Wake's teeth to Leibniz's discovery of the infinitesimal calculus - seemingly found in a corner crouching behind a curtain!

His final choice is Steven Appleby's Normal Life - Ser 1. 1/6 (08/08/2001)

David's career began as a music journalist at NME where his reputation for witty writing soon led him to scripting comedy sketches for Spitting Image. His many radio credits include On the Hour, Bussman and Quantick Kingsize, The 99p Show and The Blaggers Guide. His impressive TV writing credentials include The Day Today, Brass Eye, The Fast Show, ScreenWatch and Harry Hill's TV Burp.

The comedy writer selects: Hello Cheeky, King Cutler, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Uncle Mort's North Country, Hamish & Dougal, Steven Appleby's Normal Life and NF Simpson.

Selections include Hello Cheeky, King Cutler, and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.

His archive choices include Hello Cheeky (02/06/1973), King Cutler (15/02/1990), I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again - Ser 9. 3/8 Star Trek (18/11/1973), Uncle Mort's North Country - Ser 2. 1/5 (13/04/1989), You'll Have Had Your Tea: Hamish and Dougal - Ser 2. 1/6 (25/02/2004)

The comedy writer selects: Hello Cheeky, King Cutler, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Uncle Mort's North Country, Hamish and Dougal, Steven Appleby's Normal Life and NF Simpson.

The comedy writer selects: Hello Cheeky (19730602), King Cutler (19900215), I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Uncle Mort's North Country, Hamish and Dougal, Steven Appleby's Normal Life and NF Simpson.

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The comic emerges from his Small World to choose his favourite comedies, including Radio Active and Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation.

The comic emerges from his Small World to choose his favourite comedies.Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation 2001.09.06 s04e01 - How to Fight Fire with Fire

Radio Active - 1983.08.09 - s03e05 - Lunchtime with Anna

ISIHAC with Stephen Fry 1997-07-05 s29e05 Weight Watchers Song Book

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Chambers - 1998.05.18 s02e02 - The Masons

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People Like Us: The Farmer (10/06/1995);

Just A Minute (30/08/1999);

Radio Active (22/09/1981);

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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (03/06/2002),

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Comic Relief's Emma Freud presents her red-nosed selection of BBC Radio Comedy.

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Phantom Batter Pudding Hurler (12/10/54), Variety Bandbox (22/01/1950), Round the Horne (31/03/1968), Al Read (06/02/1966), Star Parade: The Ken Dodd Show (14/07/1963) and Take It from Here (18/04/1950)."

Comedian and writer Eric Sykes [05/05/1923 - 04/07/2012] takes control and picks some of his favourite BBC radio comedies:

* The Goon Show: 'Phantom Batter Pudding Hurler'
Constable Neddie Seagoon sets out to apprehend Minnie and Henry's Sussex assailant. Stars Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. From 12/10/1954.

* The Al Read Show
A look at the fire brigade and the morning after the night before - a collection of the Northern comic's 1950s monologues. From 06/02/1966

* Round the Horne: Series 4 (6/16)
Kenneth Horne's in for a shock from sneaky Kenneth Williams - and bona gifts galore from Julian and Sandy. From 31/03/1968

* The Ken Dodd Show
Nude photography and a Scottish monster are on Doddy's chuckles menu. With John Laurie and Patricia Hayes. From 19/07/1964

* Variety Bandbox
With Frankie Howerd, William Ternent, Jerry Allen, Barbara Leigh, Peter Sellers, Bill Kerr and Philip Slessor. From 22/01/1950

* Take It from Here
The fall and rise of a Punch & Judy show - and in 'The Glums' Ron and Eth are planning their honeymoon. Stars Jimmy Edwards, Dick Bentley and June Whitfield. From 19/02/1959.

Producer: Mik Wilkojc

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in 2005.

The comic picks his favourite radio comedies, including The Goon Show and Variety Bandbox.

Series in which guests choose six comedy shows that have influenced them

Veteran comedian and writer Eric Syke's six-pack selection.

Veteran comedian and writer Eric Syke's six-pack selection: The Goon Show, Variety Bandbox, Round the Horne, The Al Read Show, Star Parade: The Ken Dodd Show and Take It from Here.

The veteran comedian and writer's six-pack selection: The Goon Show, Variety Bandbox, Round the Horne, The Al Read Show, The Ken Dodd Show and Take It From Here.

The comic picks his favourite radio comedies, including The Goons and Variety Bandbox.

Classic comedian Eric Sykes picks some of his favourite radio comedies, including The Goon Show, Round the Horne and Take It from Here.

Comedy legend Eric Sykes picks some of his favourite radio comedies which include:

  1. The Goon Show - Phantom Batter Pudding Hurler (12/10/54)
  2. Variety Bandbox (22/01/1950)
  3. Round the Horne (31/03/1968)
  4. Al Read (06/02/1966)
  5. Star Parade: The Ken Dodd Show (14/07/1963)
  6. Take It from Here (18/04/1950)

Former Accountant And Alternative Comedy Pioneer Arnold Brown Selects Some Of His Favourite Comedy Shows.the Al Read Show (15/01/55)lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (29/03/71)i'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (16/07/67)arnold Brown And Company (04/08/90)people Like Us20060819 (BBC7)
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The Estate Agent (29/06/96)

The Policeman (06/07/96).

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The Scottish comedian introduces his six radio favourites: Radio Active; Variety is the Spice of Life; The Alan Davies Show; Just a Minute; On the Hour and A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

With Radio Active; Variety is the Spice of Life; The Alan Davies Show; Just a Minute.

With Radio Active, Variety Is the Spice of Life, The Alan Davies Show and Just a Minute.

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The creators of Hancock and Steptoe select some of their favourite comedies, including Take It From Here and Round the Horne.

The creators of Hancock and Steptoe select some of their favourite comedies.

Take it from Here, Ray's a Laugh, Round the Horne, and Hancock's Half Hour.

Writing duo Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's favourites - including some of their own: Take it from Here, Ray's a Laugh, Round the Horne, Hancock's Half Hour, and Steptoe and Son.

The creators of Hancock and Steptoe select some of their favourite comedies.


Take It from Here (09/04/1958); Round the Horne: Gaslight Son of Flicker (16/04/1967); Ray's a Laugh (25/10/1949); Hancock's Half Hour: Sunday Afternoon (22/04/1958); Steptoe and Son: The Desperate Hours (26/05/1974).

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Writing duo Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's choose their favourite radio comedy, including some of their own: Take it from Here [1958], Ray's a Laugh [1949], Round the Horne [1967], Hancock's Half Hour [1958] and Steptoe and Son [1974].

Ray Galton & Alan Simpson, the comedy writing duo famous for such classic comedies as Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son, started writing together in 1948. They met in a Milford Sanatorium where they were being treated for TB when they were just seventeen and at the start of their career they earned just five shillings a joke. They went on to write over 600 scripts. They recall their early influences such as Frank Muir and Dennis Norden, as they introduce the comedy show "Take It From Here". They also talk fondly of post-war comic actor Ted Ray, as they introduce "Ray's a Laugh".

They remember the magic created by Kenneth Horne and his gang of comedians in the classic show "Round The Horne". Then it's time for a bit of self- indulgence as they look back at some of their best work, writing Hancock's Half Hour. They reminisce about how they met Tony, and what it was like to tap out those first scripts on an old typewriter in their little office in Shepherd's Bush. The episode they've chosen is from 1958, called Sunday Afternoon at Home, and provides a fine example of the Galton and Simpson humour as Tony Hancock's dry delivery captures just what it's like to be truly bored.

They recall the inspirations behind "Steptoe and Son". They admit that the idea came out of sheer desperation as they tried to write a show for the comedy playhouse. This first episode, The Desperate Hours (Galton and Simpson's personal favourite) was born in 1962 and over the next twelve years we were treated to five series on radio and a further eight television series.

Alan Simpson died in 2017 aged 87.
Ray Galton died in 2018 aged 88.

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The Today Programme's sport guru hosts a special laugh marathon, featuring Knowing Me Knowing You, Radio Active, Hancock's Half Hour, The Game's Up, Look Away Now and Dad's Army.

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Novelist, TV critic and comedian Grace Dent takes command.

Novelist, TV critic and comedian Grace Dent takes command. Among her choices: Thom Tuck Goes to DVD and Meet David Sedaris.

Grace Dent: Novelist, TV critic and comedian Grace Dent takes command.

Novelist, TV critic and comedian Grace Dent takes command. Among her choices: Thom Tuck Goes to DVD and Meet David Sedaris

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The 'Absolutely Fabulous' and sketch comedy actress's selection of radio comedies.

The choices include Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen and Life with Lederer.

The actress selects include Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, Life with Lederer and more.

The 'Absolutely Fabulous' actress chooses Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, Life with Lederer, Hearing with Hegley, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation and Ross Noble Goes Global.

The 'Absolutely Fabulous' and comedy actress's selection - Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, Life with Lederer, Hearing With Hegley, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, and more.

One of Britain's leading comic actresses, Helen Lederer has appeared regularly in Ab Fab. Today she chooses some of her favourite programmes.

Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (20010830)


Life with Lederer: The Cruise (19910805)


Life With Lederer: The Party (19910812)


Hearing with Hegley (19961127)


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Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (30/08/2001), Life with Lederer: The Cruise (05/08/1991), Life With Lederer: The Party (12/08/1991), Hearing with Hegley (27/11/1996 and 20/11/1996) Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation: How To Be a Leader of Men (20/10/1994) and Ross Noble Goes Global: Ireland (25/04/2002).
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The witty north-London comedian talks about what you can and can't mention on hospital radio and how to not to do an interview from a phone box.

Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation (October 1993), Round The Horne (May 1968), The Goon Show (December 1956), I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (June 1999), Yes Minister (November 1983), Steptoe and Son (May 1974).

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Writing duo Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's favourites - including some of their own: Take it from Here, Ray's a Laugh, Round the Horne, Hancock's Half Hour, and Steptoe and Son.

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Including Radio Active, The Shuttleworths, and Knowing Me, Knowing You.

The comedienne selects her favourite shows.

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  2. The Shuttleworths - Ping Pong Pangs (19971015)
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  6. Lee and Herrings Fist of Fun (199310)
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presents His Hilarious Half-Dozen, including Round the Horne, Linda Smith's Brief History Of Timewasting, and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.

Round The Horne (first broadcast 11/04/1965), Linda Smith's Brief History Of Timewasting (26/07/2001), I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (23/12/1973), Hancock's Half Hour - Sunday Afternoon At Home (22/04/1958), Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive (18/05/2005), I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (21/06/1999).

The Smugglers, Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive, and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Round The Horne (first broadcast 11/04/1965), Linda Smith's Brief History Of Timewasting (26/07/2001), I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (23/12/1973), Hancock's Half Hour - Sunday Afternoon At Home (22/04/1958), Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive (18/05/2005), I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (21/06/1999).

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Selections include It's That Jo Caulfield Again, Listen to Les, and Hancock's Half Hour.

The comedienne selects It's That Jo Caulfield Again, Listen to Les, Hancock's Half Hour, The News Quiz, The Bona History of Julian and Sandy, and Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun.

The critically-acclaimed writer and comedian is widely acknowledged as one of the UK's best female stand-ups, famous for her legendary one-woman shows.

Her programme choices include an episode of Hancock's Half Hour never heard before on BBC7.

It's That Jo Caulfield Again (07/02/2006)

Listen To Les (04/03/1995)

Hancock's Half Hour - Fred's Pie Stall (first broadcast 10/11/1959)

The News Quiz (09/06/2000)

The Bona History of Julian and Sandy (16/12/1998)

Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun (12/10/1993)

It's That Jo Caulfield Again (07/02/2006), Listen to Les (04/03/1995), Hancock's Half Hour - Fred's Pie Stall (0/11/1959), The News Quiz (09/06/2000), The Bona History of Julian and Sandy (16/12/1998) and Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun (12/10/1993).

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Selections include It's That Jo Caulfield Again, Listen to Les, and Hancock's Half Hour.

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It's That Jo Caulfield Again (07/02/2006); Listen to Les (04/03/1995); Hancock's Half Hour - Fred's Pie Stall (first broadcast 10/11/1959); The News Quiz (09/06/2000); The Bona History of Julian and Sandy (16/12/1998); Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun (12/10/1993).
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It's That Jo Caulfield Again (07/02/2006), Listen to Les (04/03/1995), Hancock's Half Hour - Fred's Pie Stall (0/11/1959), The News Quiz (09/06/2000), The Bona History of Julian and Sandy (16/12/1998) and Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun (12/10/1993).
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The popular performance poet, musician and songwriter chooses his favourite programmes.

The poet picks The Mark Steel Solution, John Peel sessions, Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen, Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting and The Adventures of John and Tony.

John Hegley chooses some of his favourite programmes, from Arthur Smith to Linda Smith.

The Mark Steel Solution and Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen.

The Mark Steel Solution 'Transport' (22/07/1994), with his band The Popticians in two John Peel Sessions (27/07/1983 and 12/11/1984), Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen (02/08/2001), Linda Smith's 'A Brief History of Timewasting' (26/07/2001), and The Adventures of John and Tony 'The Hiking Holiday' (19/05/1999).

The innovative comic artist, and Britain's best known poet, John Hegley, selects his favourite shows in a 3-hour extravaganza of wit and spectacle wearing.

The Mark Steel Solution (22/07/1994)

The Popticians (27/07/1983 and 12/11/1984)

Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (02/08/2001)

Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting (26/07/2001)

The Adventures of John and Tony (19/05/1999]

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The Mark Steel Solution 'Transport' (22/07/1994), with his band The Popticians in two John Peel Sessions (27/07/1983 and 12/11/1984), Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen (02/08/2001), Linda Smith's 'A Brief History of Timewasting' (26/07/2001), and The Adventures of John and Tony 'The Hiking Holiday' (19/05/1999).
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As any sporty person will confirm, warming-down after exertion is vital. So, after this week's hectic Comic Relief activity, here's the perfect way to stretch those hams in the company of John Inverdale, who knows a ham when he sees one.

During the summer of 2006, as part of Comic Relief, Sport Relief was bigger than ever with a whole range of events staged all over the UK. Making its first team debut, BBC7 did its bit too! John Inverdale hosted three hours of the finest radio comedy available, some of it sport-tinged, when he donned his plimsolls as BBC 7's Comedy Controller.

His picks were: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (06/12/1999); Just A Minute (05/02/1980); Round The Horne: The World Cup is Stolen (03/04/1966); Radio Active: Good Day Sport (30/08/1982); The Navy Lark: Commodore Goldstein (22/02/1961); Sporting Gaffes II (03/01/1996). Plus the infamous 'Borussia Monchengladbach' clip from Billy Butler's Radio Merseyside show, Hold Your Plums.

His picks were:


I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (06/12/1999)
Just A Minute (05/02/1980)
Round The Horne: The World Cup is Stolen (03/04/1966)
Radio Active: Good Day Sport (30/08/1982)
The Navy Lark: Commodore Goldstein (22/02/1961)
Sporting Gaffes II (03/01/1996)
Plus the infamous 'Borussia Monchengladbach' clip from Billy Butler's Radio Merseyside show, Hold Your Plums.

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The World Cup is Stolen (03/04/1966); Radio Active: Good Day Sport (30/08/1982); The Navy Lark: Commodore Goldstein (22/02/1961); Sporting Gaffes II (03/01/1996).

Plus the infamous 'Borussia Monchengladbach' clip from Billy Butler's Radio Merseyside show, 'Hold Your Plums'."

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The Sheffield singer's selections include Alison and Maud, and Saturday Night Fry.

The Sheffield singer selects Alison and Maud, Saturday Night Fry, We Interrupt This Programme, Clare in the Community and some Shuttleworths, plus Roy D Mercer makes a phone call.

The Sheffield singer selects Alison and Maud, Saturday Night Fry, We Interrupt This Programme, Clare in the Community, some Shuttleworths, plus Roy D Mercer makes a phone call.

The Sheffield singer polishes up some comedic gems, including Alison and Maud."

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Alison and Maude: series 1 episode 4 - first broadcast 03/01/2003; Saturday Night Fry: series 1 episode 4 (28/05/1988); We Interrupt This Programme: episode 1 (03/08/2004); Clare in the Community: series 3 episode 2 (25/12/2006); The Shuttleworths: series 2 episode 3 (12/07/1995); John Shuttleworth's Open House (26/09/1996).
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Alison and Maude: Series 1 Episode 4, first broadcast 03/01/2003; Saturday Night Fry: Series 1 Episode 4 (28/05/1988); We Interrupt This Programme: Episode 1 (03/08/2004); Clare in the Community: Series 3 Episode 2 (25/12/2006); The Shuttleworths: Series 2 Episode 3 (12/07/1995); John Shuttleworth's Open House (26/09/1996).
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The comedian's choices include Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, The League of Gentlemen, Ross Noble Goes Global, Radio Shuttleworth and Listen to Les.

Including Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, and Listen to Les.

Including Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, Listen to Les.

Peter Kay's co-star in Phoenix Nights introduces his selection of comedy, including Knowing Me, Knowing You, Listen to Les and Radio Shuttleworth.

The comedian's got: Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, On the Town with The League of Gentlemen, Ross Noble Goes Global, Radio Shuttleworth and Listen to Les.

Including Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, On the Town with the League of Gentlemen, Ross Noble Goes Global, Radio Shuttleworth and Listen to Les.

While in the Controller's Chair, Justin talks about his comedy influences and the day Judith Chalmers didn't put him on Wish You Were Here.

Justin Moorhouse, aka Young Kenny from Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, presents his choice of the best radio comedy.


Knowing Me Knowing You
Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter
On the Town With the League of Gentlemen
Ross Noble Goes Global - South Africa
Radio Shuttleworth
Listen to Les.

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The late Ned Sherrin selects favourite radio comedy moments.

Still much missed - the witty broadcaster and writer makes his selection of radio favourites: Round the Horne, The Mark Steel Solution, Dead Ringers and Goodness Gracious Me.

In tribute to the late Ned Sherrin, another chance to hear some of his favourite radio comedy moments.

Round the Horne (02/04/1967)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (14/01/1989)

The Mark Steel Solution 'Sexual Politics' (07/06/2003)

Dead Ringers (07/03/2003)

Goodness Gracious Me (01/01/2003]

To mark the first anniversary of the passing of the witty broadcaster and writer, another chance to hear some of his favourite radio comedy moments.

Featuring 'Round the Horne' (02/04/1967), 'The Mark Steel Solution - Sexual Politics' (07/06/2003), 'Dead Ringers' (07/03/2003) and 'Goodness Gracious Me' (01/01/2003).

Featuring 'Round the Horne' (02/04/1967), 'The Mark Steel Solution - Sexual Politics' (07/06/2003), 'Dead Ringers' (07/03/2003) and 'Goodness Gracious Me' (01/01/2003).

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The Just a Minute chairman chooses his radio six-pack: The Goon Show, Much Binding in the Marsh, Hancock's Half Hour, Listen to This Space, Round the Horne and Just a Minute.

Comedy picks include The Goon Show, Much Binding in the Marsh and Hancock's Half Hour.

The actor and chairman of Just a Minute presents his selection of six of the best comedy programmes, without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

Goon Show – 1954.10.21 s05e03 - The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea

Much Binding – 1953.08.18 ep05 – (Advertised date was wrong)

Hancock's Half Hour – 1956.12.23 - The Diary [repeat of BBC7 2003.12.30]

Listen to this Space – 1966.01.07 s0xe0x

Round the Horne – 1967.03.26 s03e07 - The Sea Cruise

Just A Minute – 1999.08.09 s38e06 #312 – The Novel inside me

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One Of Britain's Leading Comic Actresses, Helen Lederer Has Appeared Regularly In Ab Fab And Has Also Been Seen In Casualty.|she Chooses Some Of Her Favourite Programmes20071117 (BBC7)
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Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (30/08/2001); Life with Lederer: The Cruise (5/08/1991) and The Party (12/08/1991); Hearing with Hegley (27/11/1996); Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation: How to Be a Leader of Men (20/10/1994); and Ross Noble Goes Global: Ireland (25/04/2002).
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introduces some of his favourite comedy shows including Dead Ringers, The Clitheroe Kid, Knowing Me Knowing You, The Goon Show and World of Pub.

The comedian and impersonator chooses some of his all-time favourite radio comedy, both as a listener and performer.

Includes Dead Ringers (08/12/2000); The Clitheroe Kid 'The Keyhole Kid' (17/04/1961); Knowing Me, Knowing You (05/01/1993); The Goon Show 'The Affair of the Lone Banana' (26/10/1954); The World of Pub (11/03/1998 and 25/03/1998) and Steptoe and Son 'The Desperate Hours' (26/05/1974).

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Phil Jupitus (repeated 2003.12.13)20040802
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (first broadcast 17/08/87)

Dad's Army - Absent Friends (13/04/76)

The Mark Steel Lecture - Lord Byron (13/03/01)

Hancock's Half Hour - The Poetry Society (08/12/59)

On The Hour (16/08/91)

Saturday Night Fry (14/05/88).

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (August 1987), Dad's Army - Absent Friends (April 1976), The Mark Steel Lecture - Lord Byron (March 2001), Hancock's Half Hour - The Poetry Society (December 1959), On the Hour (August 1991), Saturday Night Fry (May 1988).

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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (first broadcast 17/08/87)

Dad's Army - Absent Friends (13/04/76)

The Mark Steel Lecture - Lord Byron (13/03/01)

Hancock's Half Hour - The Poetry Society (08/12/59)

On The Hour (16/08/91)

Saturday Night Fry (14/05/88).

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (August 1987), Dad's Army - Absent Friends (April 1976), The Mark Steel Lecture - Lord Byron (March 2001), Hancock's Half Hour - The Poetry Society (December 1959), On the Hour (August 1991), Saturday Night Fry (May 1988)."

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The musical comedian selects All Classical Music Explained, My Music, The Mark Steel Lectures, 20th Century Retrospective, The Miles and Millner Show, and The Cambridge Buskers.

Including All Classical Music Explained, My Music and The Mark Steel Lectures.

The musical comic selects: All Classical Music Explained, My Music, The Mark Steel Lectures, Twentieth Century Retrospective, The Miles and Millner Show and The Cambridge Buskers.

Rainer Hersch's passion is music but he also has another - comedy.

As BBC 7's Comedy Controller, he puts the two together and manages to squeeze in a couple of his own programmes.

  1. Rainer Hersch's All Classical Music Explained (19981014)
  2. My Music (19810225)
  3. The Mark Steel Lectures - Beethoven (20020918)
  4. Rainer Hersch's Twentieth Century Retrospective (19981221)
  5. The Miles and Millner Show (19921017)
  6. The Cambridge Buskers (19850927)
  7. The Cambridge Buskers (19850327)

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comedy. As BBC7's Comedy Controller, he puts the two together. "
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Rebecca Front20141011The 'Absolutely Fabulous' and comedy actress's selection - Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, Life with Lederer, Hearing With Hegley, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, and more.
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Introduces A 1985 Edition Of Just A Minute, Spinal Tap All the Way to Eleven, The League Against Tedium from 1997 and Radio Active from 1985.

Just a Minute, The League Against Tedium and Radio Active.

Richard Herring: The comic and writer introduces his selection of comedy, including Just a Minute, Spinal Tap: All the Way to Eleven and Radio Active.

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All the Way to Eleven, The League Against Tedium from 1997 and Radio Active from 1985. "
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Simon Fanshawe presents six of his favourite radio comedies.

Round The Horne (From RUSSIA With Love)

Navy Lark (Phillips takes an exam)

Dad's Army (ep6 Private Jones car)

Mark Steel Lectures (Marx)

Steptoe and Son (Tea For Two).

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Somebody Laughed - Eddie Braben Special20090502 (BBC7)The man who brought sunshine to Eric and Ernie selects shows what he wrote.
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The actor and radio fanatic chooses three hours of his comedy favourites.

Stephen Fry, actor, writer, wit and naughty national treasure chooses his favourite comedies from the BBC radio archive.

For Stephen, radio comedy inhabits the very way 'I write and think'. He takes us back to his childhood, curled up and listening to programmes like Men From the Ministry (1972). He remembers his friend Douglas Adams, who Stephen recalls thought the whole world through...only backwards, no better displayed than in the very first Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (1978).

He relives the thrill of being offered the chance to write his very own radio show, and asking his friends Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson to help out in Saturday Night Fry (1988). Stephen marvels at the brilliance of the team behind the ultimate news show On the Hour (1992) including Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris and Steve Coogan.

He explains what it's like to experience, from the comedy coal face, an absolute radio classic, the antidote to panel games: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (2003). And chooses his own antidote to radio phone in shows, the award winning Down The Line (2007), starring Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson - who Stephen knew as comedy saplings.

For Stephen, TV is often a greedy, one dimensional medium. For him listening to radio ""is so much more"".

Producer: Peter McHugh.

The actor and radio fanatic chooses The Men From the Ministry, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Saturday Night Fry, On the Hour, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and Down the Line.

Series in which guests choose six comedy shows that have influenced them

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The comedian, writer and star of 'The Now Show' selects Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son, Dead Ringers, Round the Horne, Chain Reaction and That Reminds Me.

Including Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son, Round the Horne, Chain Reaction and more."

Steve Punt2011123120131214Including Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son, Round the Horne, Chain Reaction and more.

The comedian, writer and star of 'The Now Show' selects Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son, Dead Ringers, Round the Horne, Chain Reaction and That Reminds Me.

Steve Punt - 12003082320030830Hancock's Half Hour – 1959.12.08 s06e11 – The Poetry Society

I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again – 1970.02.22 s07e02 – Canterbury Tales [Repeat of 2003.07.04]

The Burkiss Way - 1976.12.29 s02e03 - Gain Spiritual Enlightenment the Burkiss Way

Weekending - 1986.12.20 - Here you are old girl.

Merry CHRISTMAS

The Mary Whitehouse Experience - 1989.06.16 s01e10 - The Skint Video Karaoke Exper.

Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel - 1991.05.18 s02e02 - Uncle Abner.

Steve Punt - 220111231The comedian, writer and star of 'The Now Show' selects Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son, Dead Ringers, Round the Horne, Chain Reaction and That Reminds Me.
The Writer, Comedian And Producer Armando Iannucci Chooses Some Personal Favourites.|i'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (3/6/02), The Atkinson People (30/4/79), The Consultants (27/2/03), A Wet Handle (2/6/97), The Museum Of Lost Keyboards (13/12/03), The Burkiss Way20060916 (BBC7)
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Is Britain Going the Burkiss Way (23/4/79) and The Big Fun Show (16/1/88).
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BBC 6 Music presenter Tom Robinson introduces his choice of favourite radio comedies.

Singer and BBC 6 Music presenter Tom Robinson's selection - Radio Active, The Very World of Milton Jones, King Cutler, Round The Horne, The Boosh and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Featuring Radio Active (July 1985), King Cutler (Feb 1990) and Round The Horne (Feb 1967).

Radio Active - Out Of Your Depth (19850719)

The Very World Of Milton Jones (19991026)

Round The Horne (19670219)

The Boosh (20011030)

King Cutler (19900118)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (20000612)

Radio Active (July 1985), The Very World of Milton Jones (Oct 1999), King Cutler (Feb 1990), Round The Horne (Feb 1967), The Boosh - Jazz (Feb 2001) and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (June 2000).

The singer songwriter and presenter's selection: Radio Active, The Very World of Milton Jones, King Cutler, Round the Horne, The Boosh and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

Tom Robinson introduces some of his favourite comedies.

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Tony's choices include Saturday Night Fry, Just A Minute and Knowing Me Knowing You.

The comedian and author selects his favourites: Hancock's Half Hour, Saturday Night Fry, People Like Us, Just A Minute, Knowing Me Knowing You and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.

Tony Hawks began his career in show business as a singer-song writer, leading a trio called Morris Minor and the Majors.

He now performs stand-up comedy, appears regularly on panel games, and is also an author.

His books Round Ireland With a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, have both been broadcast on Radio 7.

Tony donated half of the royalties from his Moldovans book to a trust fund in Moldova, and the monies raised were used to open a medical centre which provides therapy for disabled children.

As Comedy Controller, Tony has chosen the following classics:

Just A Minute - s32E09 - 19960302 - Lindisfarne

Knowing Me Knowing You - e04 - 19921222

People Like Us - S03E04 - 19970809 - The Photographer

Hancock - s04e19 - 19570217 - The Emigrant

I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again - s04e13 - 19670716 - Ulysses - The Housewives' Joyce

Saturday Night Fry - e04 - 19880521

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Hancock's Half Hour, Saturday Night Fry, People Like Us, Just a Minute, Knowing Me Knowing You and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again. "
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (3/6/02), The Atkinson People (30/4/79), The Consultants (27/2/03), A Wet Handle (2/6/97), The Museum of Lost Keyboards (13/12/03), The Burkiss Way (Is Britain Going the Burkiss Way, 23/4/79) and The Big Fun Show (16/1/88)."