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Ned Sherrin200320071103 (BBC7)
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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]
Dominic Holland2003070520031018 (BBC7)
20050625 (BBC7)
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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
People Like Us - 1997.08.09 s03e04 - The Photographer
Chambers - 1998.05.18 s02e02 - The Masons
Phill Jupitus2003080220031213
20040802 (BBC7)
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20080713 (BBC7)
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).
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 & Flywheel - 1991.05.18 s02e02 - Uncle Abner.
Boothby Graffoe2003090620040306
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20070616 (BBC7)
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20080119 (BBC7)
20080120 (BBC7)
20090131 (R7)
20090201 (R7)
20100116 (R7)
20101016 (R7)
20121117 (R4+)
20140621 (R4+)
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.

Boothby Graffoe
Taking his name from a Lincolnshire market town, comedian and musician Boothby Graffoe presents his favourite selection of radio comedy.
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)
The Burkiss Way
The Big Booth
Hancock's Half Hour.
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.
Simon Fanshawe2003091320040222 (BBC7)
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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).
Galton And Simpson2003092020040214
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20091128 (R7)
20101127 (R7)
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).
Also listed as Ray Galton And Alan Simpson 
Jenny Eclair2003092720050730
20050731 (BBC7)
20061028 (BBC7)
20061029 (BBC7)
20091107 (R7)
20110115 (R7)
The comedienne selects her favourite shows.
  1. Radio Active - Round Your Parts (19840700)
  2. The Shuttleworths - Ping Pong Pangs (19971015)
  3. The Shuttleworths - Caravan Capers (19971029)
  4. Knowing Me, Knowing You (19921200)
  5. People Like Us - The Mother (included in 20091107 broadcast) (19970719)
  6. Lee and Herrings Fist of Fun (199310)
  7. Hearing With Hegley (19980900)
 
Helen Lederer2003100420040320
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20071117 (BBC7)
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20091017 (R7)
20111126 (R4+)
20130504 (R4+)
The 'Absolutely Fabulous' and sketch comedy actress's selection of radio comedies.
Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (20010830)

Life with Lederer: The Cruise (19910805)

Life With Lederer: The Party (19910812)

Hearing with Hegley (19961127)

Hearing with Hegley (19961120)

Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation: How To Be a Leader of Men (19941020)

Ross Noble Goes Global: Ireland (20020425]
Phil Cornwell2003101120040228
20040229 (BBC7)
20081025 (R7)
20081026 (R7)
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 & Son 'The Desperate Hours' (26/05/1974).
Justin Moorhouse2003102520040424
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20080112 (BBC7)
20080113 (BBC7)
20091031 (R7)
20100612 (R7)
20110326 (R7)
20130511 (R4+)
20140614 (R4+)
Including Knowing Me Knowing You, Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter, and Listen to Les.
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.


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, 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.
Rainer Hersch2003110120050702
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20091003 (R7)
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20110716 (R4+)
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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.
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)
 
Tony Hawks2003110820040327
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20090117 (R7)
20090118 (R7)
20100925 (R7)
20111105 (R4+)
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
Nicholas Parsons2004010320040312
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20040710 (BBC7)
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20100403 (R7)
20121201 (R4+)
The actor and chairman of Just a Minute presents his selection of six of the best comedy programmes, without hesitation, repetition or deviation.
Comedy picks include The Goon Show, Much Binding in the Marsh and Hancock's Half Hour.
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.
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
John Hegley2004041020040411
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20101211 (R7)
20121208 (R4+)
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.
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 & 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]
Armando Iannucci2004060520040606
20050122 (BBC7)
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20070819 (BBC7)
20090124 (R7)
20090125 (R7)
20100306 (R7)
20110416 (R4+)
20121013 (R4+)
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]
Arnold Brown2004061220040613
20050115 (BBC7)
20050116 (BBC7)
20050924 (BBC7)
20050925 (BBC7)
20060819 (BBC7)
20060820 (BBC7)
20091114 (R7)
20100626 (R7)
20110101 (R7)
20111210 (R4+)
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.
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]
Tom Robinson2004072420040725
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20100327 (R7)
20110730 (R4+)
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.
Arthur Smith2005012920050130
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20091024 (R7)
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Including Round the Horne, The Million Pound Radio Show and People Like Us.
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.
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
Richard Herring2005021220050213
20050716 (BBC7)
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20060416 (BBC7)
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.
Helen Atkinson Wood2005021920050220
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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.
Eric Sykes2005100820051009
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20090418 (R7)
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20121229 (R4+)
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.
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)
 
Jeremy Hardy2006021120060212
20061021 (BBC7)
20061022 (BBC7)
20071027 (BBC7)
20071028 (BBC7)
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).
Bill Oddie2006060320060604
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20071208 (BBC7)
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20110903 (R4+)
20130413 (R4+)
The one-time Goodie's choices include Up the Pole, ITMA, and Archie's the Boy.
'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.
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' 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]
Jo Caufield2006082620060827
20070623 (BBC7)
20070624 (BBC7)
20080614 (BBC7)
20080615 (BBC7)
20100501 (R7)
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).
John Shuttleworth2007122920120728
20140719 (R4+)
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.
Fred Macaulay2008041920120811
20130928 (R4+)
With Radio Active, Variety Is the Spice of Life, The Alan Davies Show and Just a Minute.
With Radio Active; Variety is the Spice of Life; The Alan Davies Show; Just a Minute.
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.
David Quantick2010082820100828 (R7)
20110709
20120331 (R4+)
20140215 (R4+)
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.
The comedy writer selects: Hello Cheeky (19730602), King Cutler (19900215), I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Uncle Mort's North Country, Hamish & Dougal, Steven Appleby's Normal Life and NF Simpson.
Steve Punt - 220111231 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.
Adam Hills2012082520120825 (R4+)
20140503 (R4+)
Featuring The Goon Show, League of Gentlemen, Flight of the Conchords and Little Britain.
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.
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.
 
Alexei Sayle2012102020121020 (R4+)
20140517 (R4+)
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.
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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 radio presenter digs up Knowing Me Knowing You, Many a Slip, and many more.
'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.
5 live's sports 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.
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People Like Us: The Farmer (10/06/1995);
Just A Minute (30/08/1999);
Radio Active (22/09/1981);
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (02/01/1988);
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (03/06/2002),
The Atkinson People: Sir Corin Basin (24/04/1979)
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Comic Relief's Emma Freud presents her red-nosed selection of BBC Radio Comedy.
Garry Richardson - Sport Relief  20100320 (R7)The sport guru's comedy choices include Knowing Me Knowing You and Hancock's Half Hour.
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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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.
The witty north-London comedian talks about what you can and can't mention on hospital radio and how 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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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.
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Including 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.

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  • 03 Hours

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  • Genre: Comedy

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Trivia

  • Each week a guest presenter, usually a comedian, picks three hours of their favourite comedty programmes.
  • The programmes included in each episode sometimes aren't in the order show, but that's what the BBC lists.
  • It's never known how much of a freehand the guest has in selecting programmes.
  • Dominic Holland was originally listed as the first, and Tony Hawks as the last, though there's been new programmes since him.
  • The episode presented by Phill Jupitus was also listed as Homegrown Weekend
  • The Ned Sharrin programme originally included snippets from Loose Ends, but these have been removed from later versions, making it two hours.
  • The Tony Hawks programme originally included an episode of People Like Us but that was removed in 2008.
  • At some stage "The" was dropped from the title in the listings.

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