The Great Pretenders

The First Lady of impersonations, Jan Ravens, explores a range of impressionists on the radio.

Multi-talented Jan is an accomplished comedian, actor and radio producer - she was also, at one time, the voice of the Cadbury's Caramel Bunny! Jan's examples of impressionist-style humour from the past 35 years are:

Listen - Mike Yarwood (8/12/73), The Impressionists (13/5/86), The Game's Up (21/6/97), Dead Ringers (24/11/00), and The Archive Hour - I'd Know That Voice Anywhere (19/1/02).

Episodes

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20100206 (BBC7)Jan Ravens' archive choices include Mike Yarwood, The Impressionists and Dead Ringers.
20110702 (BBC7)Jan Ravens' archive choices include Mike Yarwood, The Impressionists and Dead Ringers.
20061118 (BBC7)Jan Ravens explores a variety of impression-based comedy from the last four decades. Including Mike Yarwood and The Game's Up.
20061119 BT=0300 (BBC7)Jan Ravens explores a variety of impression-based comedy from the last four decades. Including Mike Yarwood and The Game's Up.
20080126 (BBC7)Jan Ravens ransacks the BBC vaults and explores a variety of impression-based comedy from the last four decades. Including Mike Yarwood (8/12/73); The Impressionists (13/5/86); The Game's Up (21/06/97); Dead Ringers (24/11/00) and The Archive Hour - I'd Know That Voice Anywhere (19/01/02).
20080127 BT=0300 (BBC7)Jan Ravens ransacks the BBC vaults and explores a variety of impression-based comedy from the last four decades. Including Mike Yarwood (8/12/73); The Impressionists (13/5/86); The Game's Up (21/06/97); Dead Ringers (24/11/00) and The Archive Hour - I'd Know That Voice Anywhere (19/01/02).
20130216 (BBC7)The real Jan Ravens presents her archive choice of impressionist comedy, including Listen - Mike Yarwood, The Impressionists, The Game's Up, Dead Ringers and The Archive Hour.
20130216 (BBC7)The real Jan Ravens presents her archive choice of impressionist comedy.
20110702 (BBC7)The real Jan Ravens presents her archive choice of impressionist comedy: Listen - Mike Yarwood, The Impressionists, The Game's Up, Dead Ringers and The Archive Hour.

Jan Ravens' archive choices include Mike Yarwood, The Impressionists and Dead Ringers.

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20050618 (BBC7)
20050619 (BBC7)
20060128 (BBC7)
20060129 (BBC7)
20061118 (BBC7)
20061119 (BBC7)
20080126 (BBC7)
20080127 (BBC7)
20100206 (BBC7)
20110702 (BBC7)
20130216 (BBC7)
Jan Ravens' archive choices include Mike Yarwood, The Impressionists and Dead Ringers.

The real Jan Ravens presents her archive choice of impressionist comedy: Listen - Mike Yarwood, The Impressionists, The Game's Up, Dead Ringers and The Archive Hour.

Jan Ravens' archive choices include Mike Yarwood, The Impressionists and Dead Ringers.

Jan Ravens' archive choices include Mike Yarwood, The Impressionists and Dead Ringers.