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Armando Iannucci2004060520040606
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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)
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20091114 (BBC7)
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20111210 (BBC7)

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]

Arthur Smith2005012920050130
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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

Dominic Holland2003070520031018
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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

Emma Freud20050205 (BBC7)
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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)

nb The 20050205 0800 broqadcast had technical difficulties and only ran for half the length.

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

Galton And Simpson2003092020040214
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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

Garry Richardson - Sport Relief *20100320 (BBC7)

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.

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.

Helen Lederer2003100420040320
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20071117 (BBC7)
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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]

Ian Stone20050528 (BBC7)
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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).

Jenny Eclair2003092720050730
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20061028 (BBC7)
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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)

Jeremy Hardy2006021120060212
20061021 (BBC7)
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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).

Jo Caufield2006082620060827
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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).

John Hegley2004041020040411
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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.

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]

John Inverdale2006071520060716
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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.

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]

Nicholas Parsons2004010320040312
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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

Phil Cornwell2003101120040228
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20081025 (BBC7)
20081026 (BBC7)

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).

Phill Jupitus2003080220031213
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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).

Richard Herring2005021220050213
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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.

Simon Fanshawe2003091320040704
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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).

Steve Punt - 12003082320030830

Hancock'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 - 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.

Tom Robinson2004072420040725
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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.

Tony Hawks2003110820040327
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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