Elvis Mcgonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side

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0201Full Tartan Jacket2015082620190802 (BBC7)

The second series of Elvis McGonagall's daft comic world of poems, mad sketches, satire and facetious remarks, broadcast from his home in the Graceland Caravan Park just outside Dundee.

Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary, comedian and broadcaster Elvis McGonagall (aka poet and performer Richard Smith) continues his frenzied and largely ineffectual search for the bright side. He is unenthusiastically convinced that there is a positive side to life. He's heard talk of it. He may even have caught a glimpse of it somewhere. So, from his caravan in the Graceland Caravan Park near Dundee, the Scottish punk poet goes in search of it.

With the hindrance of his dog Trouble and his friend Susan Morrison, Elvis does his very best to accentuate the positive - but the negative has a nasty habit of coming back to roost with the grim regularity of an unimaginative pigeon.

Recorded entirely on location, in a caravan on a truly glamorous industrial estate somewhere in Scotland.

Episode 1: Full Tartan Jacket
Elvis is being photographed for an interview in a style magazine, but will his tartan dinner jacket cut the mustard? And does that shade of mustard really suit him? Can it be that his career as a fashion icon is dead in the water?

Written by Elvis McGonagall with Helen Braunholtz-Smith and Frank Stirling.

Director: Frank Stirling
A Unique Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 4.

Comic poet Elvis McGonagall seeks the bright side of life in his caravan near Dundee.

Surreal poetic sitcom. Elvis McGonagall goes in search of a positive side to life.

Series two of Elvis McGonagall's daft comic world of poems, mad sketches, satire and facetious remarks, broadcast from his home in the Graceland Caravan Park just outside Dundee.

With the hindrance of his dog Trouble and his friend Susan Morrison, Elvis tries hard to accentuate the positive - but the negative has a nasty habit of coming back to roost with the grim regularity of an unimaginative pigeon.

Elvis MacGonagall.... Richard Smith
Narrator.... Clarke Peters
Susan.... Susan Morrison
Dexter Clarke.... Roger Lloyd Thompson

With Lewis MacLeod, Gabriel Quigley and Helen Braunholtz-Smith.

Recorded on location, in a caravan on a truly glamorous industrial estate somewhere in Scotland.

Director: Frank Stirling

A Unique Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in August 2015.

0202A Wholly Holistic Elvis2015090220190809 (BBC7)

Elvis is feeling distinctly off-colour and Trouble has terrible wind, so when an outbreak of an obscure new strain of flu from the Himalayas is announced, he fears the worst.

Can traditional medicine help them? Or do man and dog simply need to think positive? The two invalids set out boldly in search of alternative health.

Series two of Elvis McGonagall's daft comic world of poems, mad sketches, satire and facetious remarks, broadcast from his home in the Graceland Caravan Park just outside Dundee.

With the hindrance of his dog Trouble and his friend Susan Morrison, Elvis tries hard to accentuate the positive - but the negative has a nasty habit of coming back to roost with the grim regularity of an unimaginative pigeon.

Elvis MacGonagall.... Richard Smith
Narrator.... Clarke Peters
Susan.... Susan Morrison
Dexter Clarke.... Roger Lloyd Thompson

With Lewis MacLeod, Gabriel Quigley and Helen Braunholtz-Smith.

Recorded on location, in a caravan on a truly glamorous industrial estate somewhere in Scotland.

Written by Elvis McGonagall with Helen Braunholtz-Smith and Frank Stirling.

Director: Frank Stirling

A Unique Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in September 2015.

Comic poet Elvis McGonagall's wellbeing is threatened by an outbreak of panda flu.

Surreal poetic sitcom. Elvis McGonagall goes in search of a positive side to life.

0203The State Of The Arts2015090920190816 (BBC7)

A host of issues wait to be explored in a second series of Elvis McGonagall's daft comic world of poems, mad sketches, satire and facetious remarks broadcast from his home in the Graceland Caravan Park just outside Dundee.

Episode 3. The State of the Arts. Elvis is struggling to make ends meet and his dog Trouble likes meat. To add insult to injury everybody wants a struggling poet to work for free these days. Should he compromise himself artistically? Would anybody notice? Or should he diversify? Even if it means working for local wheeler dealer Mr. Szczypkowsky?

As Elvis, poet Richard Smith is the 2006 World Poetry Slam Champion, the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and appears regularly on BBC Radio 4.

A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Elvis is struggling to make ends meet, and his dog Trouble likes meat.

Surreal poetic sitcom. Elvis McGonagall goes in search of a positive side to life.

0204Inspector Norse2015091620190823 (BBC7)

A host of issues wait to be explored in a second series of Elvis McGonagall's daft comic world of poems, mad sketches, satire and facetious remarks broadcast from his home in the Graceland Caravan Park just outside Dundee.

Episode 4. Inspector Norse. Elvis is struggling miserably to keep warm and fed in his bleak northern caravan site. Susan, however, is enthralled by boxed sets of Scandinavian thrillers and revels in the frozen, atmospheric wastes. When Elvis's dog Trouble mysteriously disappears, the two don sweaters and decide to investigate.

Full Cast:
Narrator....Clarke Peters
Elvis McGonagall....Richard Smith
Susan the Postie....Susan Morrison
Everyone else....Lewis McLeod and Helen Braunholz-Smith

Written by Elvis McGonagall with Richard Smith, Helen Braunholz-Smith and Frank Stirling.
Producer: Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Elvis dons a sweater and investigates the kidnapping of his dog Trouble.

Surreal poetic sitcom. Elvis McGonagall goes in search of a positive side to life.