Comedy Greats

Comic legend Barry Cryer discovers the best of BBC radio's comedy goldmine, decade by decade.

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With The Clitheroe Kid, The Navy Lark, The Men From the Ministry and Hancock's Half Hour.

Captain Barry Cryer welcomes you aboard a special edition of Comedy Greats showcasing a selection of the BBC's hit comedy shows that were adapted for listeners overseas.

During the 1950s to 1970s, a surprising number of series were either edited, rescripted or remade.

Barry reveals bits that never made it out of Blighty to enable shows to be better understood abroad.

Featuring:

The Clitheroe Kid - Another Mother for Ossie. From November 1965

The Navy Lark - Going Dutch. From November 1959

The Men From the Ministry - Birds of a Feather. Re-recording from 1980.

Hancock's Half Hour - The New Secretary. Re-recorded in November 1958.

Round the Horne - The Man With the Golden Thunderball. Re-recorded July 1966 with an edited version of the original script.

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again - series 3 (10/13). Re-recording from 1966.

Produced by Kerry Reece for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Barry Cryer with the shows adapted for abroad: The Clitheroe Kid, The Navy Lark, The Men From the Ministry, Hancock's Half Hour, Round the Horne and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.

Decade by decade, Barry Cryer showcases the best of the BBC archive

Overseas2012070720200718 (BBC7)Captain Barry Cryer welcomes you aboard a special edition of Comedy Greats showcasing a selection of the BBC's hit comedy shows that were adapted for listeners overseas.

During the 1950s to 1970s, a surprising number of series were either edited, rescripted or remade.

Barry reveals bits that never made it out of Blighty to enable shows to be better understood abroad.

* The Clitheroe Kid - Another Mother for Ossie. From November 1965

* The Navy Lark - Going Dutch. From November 1959

* The Men From the Ministry - Birds of a Feather. Re-recording from 1980.

* Hancock's Half Hour - The New Secretary. Re-recorded in November 1958.

* Round the Horne - The Man With the Golden Thunderball. Re-recorded July 1966 with an edited version of the original script.

* I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again - series 3 (10/13). Re-recording from 1966.

Producer: Kerry Reece

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in July 2012..

With The Clitheroe Kid, The Navy Lark, The Men From the Ministry and Hancock's Half Hour.

Decade by decade, Barry Cryer showcases the best of the BBC archive

The Eighties - 120040712
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Featuring Radio Active, After Henry, Unnatural Acts and The Mary Whitehouse Experience.

Barry Cryer presents: Radio Active, After Henry, Unnatural Acts, Legal, Decent, Honest and Truthful, Saturday Night Fry and The Mary Whitehouse Experience.

Radio Active: Good Day Sport (30/08/1982), After Henry: The Dinner Party (15/05/1985), Unnatural Acts (04/04/1987), Legal, Decent, Honest and Truthful (25/01/1982), Saturday Night Fry (28/05/1998), and The Mary Whitehouse Experience (17/02/1990).

The Noughties - 320120630With Cabin Pressure, The Boosh, Flight of the Conchords and Ed Reardon's Week.

Barry Cryer presents: Cabin Pressure, The Boosh, Flight of the Conchords, I've Never Seen Star Wars and Ed Reardon's Week.

01The Fifties - 12003051020040918 (BBC7)
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Barry Cryer plunders the BBC archives across the decades. Featuring Life with the Lyons, In All Directions, The Al Read Show, A Life of Bliss, Take It From Here and The Goon Show.

Featuring Life with the Lyons, In All Directions, The Al Read Show and The Goon Show.

Featuring Life with the Lyons, In All Directions, The Al Read Show and The Goon Show.

Barry Cryer plunders the BBC archives across the decades. Featuring Life with the Lyons, In All Directions, The Al Read Show, A Life of Bliss, Take It From Here and The Goon Show.

Comic legend Barry Cryer presents a brand new series as, decade by decade, he discovers the best of BBC radio's comedy goldmine.

Barry Cryer plunders the BBC archives across the decades. Featuring Life with the Lyons, In All Directions, The Al Read Show, A Life of Bliss, Take It From Here and The Goon Show.

02The Fifties - 22003051720040726 (BBC7)
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The Fifties, Part Two: Barry Cryer with archive treasures from the decade of rock 'n' roll: Much Binding in the Marsh, Variety Bandbox, Just Fancy, Hancock's Half Hour and more.

Including Much Binding in the Marsh, Variety Bandbox, Hancock's Half Hour and more.

Includes Much Binding in the Marsh, Variety Bandbox, Just Fancy and Educating Archie.

Barry Cryer with archive treasures from the decade of rock'n'roll.

Barry Cryer with archive treasures from the decade of rock'n'roll.

: Barry Cryer with archive treasures from the decade of rock 'n' roll: Much Binding in the Marsh, Variety Bandbox, Just Fancy, Hancock's Half Hour and more.

Much Binding In the Marsh (28/08/1953), Variety Bandbox (22/01/1950), Just Fancy (8/03/1951), Educating Archie (11/02/1954), Meet The Huggetts (8/09/1957) and Hancock's Half Hour - Hancock's School (4/03/1958)

02The Noughties - 22003081620160716 (BBC7)
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With Absolute Power; Fags, Mags & Bags; The Sunday Format and Chain Reaction.

Decade by decade, Barry Cryer showcases the best of the BBC archive

Decade by decade, Barry Cryer showcases some of the funniest and finest shows ever broadcast by the BBC.

Yo! From the 21st century of radio comedy, Baz presents another six-pack of noughties favourites:

* Absolute Power
Series 3 (3/6)
Roguish Martin enters the Lords, as Charles takes on a Big Brother 'star'. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From 2002.

* Fags, Mags and Bags
Series 1 (1/6) Raising Keenan
Sanjeev Kohli and Donald Mcleary's Glasgow corner shop sitcom. Owner Ramesh tackles a young tearaway. From 2007.

* The Sunday Format
Series 3 (1/4)
Celebrity eaters choose 'Desert Island Biscs'. Radio's posh paper tells all. With Alexander Armstrong, Emma Kennedy and Tracy-Ann Oberman. From 2001.

* Chain Reaction
Series 1 (2/6) Jimmy Carr interviews Matt Lucas
The deadpan funny man and comedy actor in the tag talk show, where the guest is next interviewer. From 2005.

* Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting
Series 1 (2/6)
Linda Smith gets her neighbour's Jack the Ripper letters authenticated and falls foul of the mafia. With Jeremy Hardy and Don Estelle. From 2001.

* Dead Ringers
Series 6 (5/5)
More celeb sound-alikes as Thora Hird instructs James Bond and Zippy imitates Cherie Blair. Topical impressions with Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens and Kevin Connelly. From 2002.

Produced and scripted by Peter Reed.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in August 2003.

03The Sixties - 12003052420041002 (BBC7)
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Barry Cryer's first selection from the swinging decade of radio fun.

Barry Cryer's first selection from the swinging decade of radio fun.

With Beyond Our Ken, It's a Fair Cop, The Navy Lark, Benny Hill Time and The Clitheroe Kid

Barry Cryer's archive treasures from the swinging decade: Beyond Our Ken, It's A Fair Cop, The Navy Lark, Benny Hill Time, The Clitheroe Kid and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.

Barry Cryer's first selection from the swinging decade of radio fun, featuring Benny Hill Time, and Eric Sykes in It's A Fair Cop.

Barry Cryer's archive treasures from the swinging decade: Beyond Our Ken, It's A Fair Cop, The Navy Lark, Benny Hill Time, The Clitheroe Kid and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.

With Beyond Our Ken, It's a Fair Cop, The Navy Lark, Benny Hill Time and The Clitheroe Kid

04The Sixties - 22003053120041009 (BBC7)
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Barry Cryer presents another swinging selection of groovy radio fun.

Includes Whack-O!, The Men from the Ministry, The Ken Dodd Show, and Steptoe and Son.

Barry Cryer presents another swinging selection of groovy radio fun: Whack-O!, The Men from the Ministry, The Ken Dodd Show, Steptoe and Son, The Embassy Lark and Round the Horne.

Barry Cryer swings back to the 1960s for more groovy radio fun, including Whack-O!, The Men From the Ministry, The Ken Dodd Show.

Includes Whack-O!, The Men from the Ministry, The Ken Dodd Show, and Steptoe and Son.

05The Seventies - 12003061420041016 (BBC7)
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Barry Cryer presents his first six-pack from the sensational seventies,

Barry Cryer keeps on truckin' with The News Huddlines, The Frankie Howerd Show and more.

Barry Cryer keeps on truckin' with The News Huddlines, All Gas and Gaiters, The Frankie Howerd Show, Parsley Sidings, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads and Hello Cheeky.

With All Gas and Gaiters, The Frankie Howerd Show, Parsley Sidings and The News Huddlines.

Barry Cryer presents: All Gas and Gaiters, The Frankie Howerd Show, Parsley Sidings, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Hello Cheeky, and The News Huddlines.

Barry Cryer presents his first six-pack from the sensational seventies, including All Gas and Gaiters and The Frankie Howerd Show.

Part 1

Featuring All Gas And Gaiters - Only Three Can Play; The Frankie Howerd Show; Hello Cheeky; Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? - Count Down; Parsley Sidings - A Bird in the Hand and The News Huddlines (07/11/1979)

06The Seventies - 22003062120041023 (BBC7)
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Glamtastic Barry Cryer with

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

The Atkinson People

Just a Minute

Listen to Les

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket

With Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and Listen to Les.

Featuring: Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead, The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, The Atkinson People, Just a Minute and Listen to Les.

Barry Cryer presents part two of his glam-tastic trawl, featuring Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead and others.

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (08/03/71), The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket (27/02/78), I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (13/03/77), The Atkinson People - featuring Sir Corin Basin (24/04/79), Just A Minute (06/03/79) and Listen to Les (11/03/75).

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (08/03/71), The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket (27/02/78), I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (13/03/77), The Atkinson People - featuring Sir Benjamin Fletcher (28/04/79), Just A Minute (06/03/79) and a classic Listen to Les (11/03/95).

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With Radio Active, After Henry, Unnatural Acts and The Mary Whitehouse Experience.

Barry Cryer's donning shoulder pads to re-live the very best BBC radio comedy from the 1980s.

Featuring Radio Active, After Henry, Unnatural Acts and The Mary Whitehouse Experience.

Barry Cryer presents: Radio Active, After Henry, Unnatural Acts, Legal, Decent, Honest and Truthful, Saturday Night Fry and The Mary Whitehouse Experience.

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Decade by decade, Barry Cryer showcases the best of the BBC archive

New Romantic Barry Cryer's donning shoulder pads to re-live the very best BBC radio comedy from the 1980s.

08The Eighties - 22003071220041113 (BBC7)
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With Naked Radio, The Grumbleweeds, The Jason Explanation and The Big Fun Show.

Decade by decade, Barry Cryer showcases the best of the BBC archive

Barry Cryer's donning shoulder pads to re-live the very best BBC radio comedy from the 1980s.

With Naked Radio, The Grumbleweeds, The Jason Explanation and The Big Fun Show.

09The Nineties - 12003071920041120 (BBC7)
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Including Goodness Gracious Me, The Now Show, Hair in the Gate and On the Hour.

Yo! Well wicked Barry Cryer presents A Look Back at the Nineties, Hair in the Gate, The Now Show, Goodness Gracious Me, On the Town With the League of Gentlemen, and On the Hour.

Join Barry Cryer for his wicked choice of radio comedy from the 1990s, including The Now Show,Goodness Gracious Me, and On The Hour.

Yo! Well wicked Barry Cryer presents: A Look Back At The Nineties, Hair in the Gate, The Now Show, Goodness Gracious Me, On The Town With The League of Gentlemen and On The Hour.

Join Barry Cryer for his wicked choice of radio comedy from the 1990s, featuring some of those series which were on radio before the TV, and arguably all the better for it!

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A series devoted to the best of BBC radio's

comedy.

Comedy Greats - the Nineties.

In

today's line-up: Week Ending, People like Us

and Harry Hill's Fruit Corner.

With Barry Cryer.

People Like Us

The Mark Steel Solution

Knowing Me, Knowing You

The Very World of Milton Jones

Children's Hour with Armstrong and Miller

Barry Cryer's roller blading his way through part two of his nineties selection. Including Weekending and The Very World of Milton Jones.

Barry Cryer's roller blading his way through part two of his nineties selection. Including Weekending and People Like Us.

Week Ending

Children's Hour with Armstrong and Miller

Including Week Ending, People Like Us, The Mark Steel Solution and Knowing Me, Knowing You

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Barry Cryer's roller blading his way through part two of his nineties selection.

Week Ending (08/02/1991)

People Like Us The Pilot (02/08/1997)

The Very World of Milton Jones (30/11/1999)

Children's Hour With Armstrong and Miller (09/12/1998)

The Mark Steel Solution Anyone In England Should Be Deported (06/11/1992)

Knowing Me, Knowing You (08/12/1992)

Barry Cryer presents: Week Ending, People Like Us, The Very World of Milton Jones, Children's Hour with Armstrong and Miller, The Mark Steel Solution and Knowing Me, Knowing You.

Including Week Ending, People Like Us, The Mark Steel Solution and Knowing Me, Knowing You

With Absolute Power, The Boosh, Think the Unthinkable, The Sunday Format and Dead Ringers.

Barry Cryer presents Absolute Power, The Boosh, Think the Unthinkable, The Sunday Format, Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting and Dead Ringers.

11The Noughties - 12003080920041204 (BBC7)
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Barry Cryer presents At Home With the Snails, Radio Shuttleworth and Little Britain.

Barry Cryer reaches the 21st century of BBC radio comedy with At Home With The Snails, Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music and more.

Barry Cryer presents comedy including Clare in the Community and Radio Shuttleworth.

Barry Cryer presents Small World of Dominic Holland, At Home With The Snails, Clare in the Community, Radio Shuttleworth, Mark Watson and Little Britain.

Including The

Small World of Dominic Holland, At Home with

the Snails, Parsons and Naylor's Pull-Out

Sections and The News Quiz.

With Barry Cryer.

Decade by decade, Barry Cryer showcases the best of the BBC archive

Decade by decade, Barry Cryer showcases some of the funniest and finest shows ever broadcast by the BBC.

Baz finally reaches the 21st century of radio comedy with his first selection from the noughties:

* The Small World of Dominic Holland
Series 1 (6/6)
Dominic ponders the journey of life to adulthood. Stand-up and sketches with Dave Lamb, Sally Grace and Simon Greenall. From 2000.

* At Home With The Snails
Series 1 (1/4)
Fed-up Alex has done nothing since university, but then he discovers an unusual hobby. Stars Geoffrey Palmer, Angela Thorne, Gerard Foster and Miranda Hart. From 2001.

* Clare in the Community
Series 1 (4/6)
Social worker Clare Barker is racked with relief when her most detested client dies. Stars Sally Phillips, Alex Lowe, Richard Lumsden, Gemma Craven, Ellen Thomas and Nina Conti. From 2004.

* Radio Shuttleworth
Series 2 (5/6)
1997 Eurovision Song Contest winner Katrina Leskanich drops into visit Sheffield singer John Shuttleworth, but his wife Mary gets the ironing board out. From 2000.

* Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better
Series 1 (3/6) Pride
Welsh comic Mark continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins. With Tim Key and Tim Minchin. From 2007.

* Little Britain
Series 2 (3/4)
Fat fighting with Marjorie and the hypnotic Kenny Craig. Back where it started out - Matt Lucas and David Walliams's oddball TV smash hit - without the cameras. From 2002.

Produced and scripted by Peter Reed.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in August 2003.

11The Noughties - 12004112720041204 (BBC7)
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The Small World of Dominic Holland (20000919)

At Home With The Snails (20010626)


Parsons and Naylor Pull-Out Sections (20020509)


Radio Shuttleworth (20000323)


The News Quiz (20010518)


Little Britain (20020226)


Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music (20040219)

Barry Cryer presents At Home With the Snails, Radio Shuttleworth and Little Britain.

Barry Cryer presents At Home With the Snails, Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music, Parsons and Naylor's Pull-Out Sections, Radio Shuttleworth, The News Quiz and Little Britain.

12The Noughties - 22003081620041211 (BBC7)
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With Absolute Power, The Boosh, Think the Unthinkable, The Sunday Format and Dead Ringers.

Barry Cryer presents Absolute Power, The Boosh, Think the Unthinkable, The Sunday Format, Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting and Dead Ringers.

The best

comedy of the current decade, including

Absolute Power, The Boosh, Sean Lock's 15

Storeys High, The Sunday Format and Dead

12The Noughties - 22004080920041204
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13Barry Cryer's Christmas Selection Box - Part 12003122020031221
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The jovial host ferrets through Auntie's festive jewels.
14Barry Cryer's Christmas Selection Box - Part 22003122720031228
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Six more festive favourites from the jovial host.

Another seasonal selection of comedy greats.

15Listeners Choice2003082320040823
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With decades of BBC radio comedy to choose from, are the old ones the best? The votes from BBC7 listeners are in and all is revealed by Barry Cryer.

The Listeners' Choice: The votes are in and BBC 7 listeners have their say. All will be revealed by Barry Cryer in Comedy Greats: The Listeners' Choice.

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Barry Cryer's selection from the swinging decade of radio fun.

Barry Cryer's selection from the swinging decade of radio fun - featuring Beyond Our Ken (May 1960) and The Navy Lark (Oct 1967).