The Mark Steel Solution

Radical proposals from the comedian to change our lives for the better.

Episodes

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Comedian Mark Steel presents a series of humorous arguments. This edition argues that nobody should go to school until they are 35. Episode 4 of 6.

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Comedian Mark Steel presents a series of humorous arguments. This edition argues that nobody should go to school until they are 35. Episode 4 of 6.

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Comedian Mark Steel presents a series of humorous arguments. This edition argues that the royal family should be chosen by a weekly lottery. Episode 4 of 4.

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Comedian Mark Steel presents a series of humorous arguments. This edition argues that the royal family should be chosen by a weekly lottery. Episode 4 of 4.

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Comedian Mark Steel suggests some wacky improvements to Britain's crumbling transport system. Episode 2 of 4.

20061222 BT=0330 (BBC7)

Comedian Mark Steel suggests some wacky improvements to Britain's crumbling transport system. Episode 2 of 4.

Comedian Mark Steel Presents A Series Of Humorous Arguments. Unemployment20061214 BT=2230 (BBC7)

Mark tries to see the point of work and the workplace. Episode 1 of 4.

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Comic Mark Steel sets about putting all our social ills to rights. This week he has alternative solutions to the unemployment problem. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair , with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane.

Producer Phil Clarke

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Comic Mark Steel sets about solving our social ills.

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This week, Mark Steel takes a comic look at transport. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair with Kim Wall

and Maria McErlane.

Producer Phil Clarke

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Mark Steel presents another deceptively subversive solution to our everyday problems. This week: housing. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair , with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane.

Producer Phil Clarke

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Mark Steel tackles housing in the last of the series of subversive solutions.

Producer Phil Clarke

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Producer Phil Clarke

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Comic Mark Steel returns for a new four-part series of alternative solutions to our everyday problems. This week, sexual politics. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair , with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane.

Producer Phil Clarke. Rptd tomorrow 6.25pm

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Comic Mark Steel returns for a new four-part series of alternative solutions. Repeated from yesterday

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Comic Mark Steel provides altemative solutions to our everyday problems. This week, charity. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair , with Kim Wall and Debbie Isitt. Producer Phil Clarke. Rptd tomorrow 6.25pm

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A series of alternative solutions. 2: Charity Repeated from yesterday

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Comic Mark Steel's series of alternative solutions to our everyday problems. This week, crime. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair , with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane.

Producer Phil Clarke. Rptd tomorrow 6.25pm

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Comic Mark Steel looks for a way to eliminate crime.

Repeated from yesterday

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In the last of the series of alternative solutions Mark Steel solves immigration issues. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair , with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane.

Producer Phil Clarke. Rptd tomorrow 6.25pm

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In the last of the series, comic Mark Steel solves immigration issues. Repeated from yesterday

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Comic Mark Steel presents alternative solutions to our everyday problems. Producer Phil Clarke Repeat

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Another chance to hear the comic solution to immigration issues. By Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair , with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane. The new series starts on Friday at 11.00pm Producer Phil Clarke Repeat

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Controversial and thought-provoking comic Mark Steel returns with a four-part series of further radical proposals to change all our lives for the better.

1: This week, he reorganises religion. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane.

Producer Phil Clarke. Repeated Saturday6.25pm

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A four-part series in which comic Mark Steel makes radical proposals to change all our lives. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane.

Repeated from yesterday

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Comic Mark Steel on changing all our lives for the better.

2: The Media. By Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane.

Producer Phil Clarke. Rptd tommorow 6.25pm

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In the second of four programmes, comic Mark Steel makes radical proposals to reorganise the media. Repeated from yesterday

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Comic Mark Steel returns with a four-part series of further radical proposals to change all our lives forthe better.

3: The education system. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair , with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane.

Producer Phil Clarke

Repeated tomorrow at 6.25pm

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Comic Mark Steel continues his four-part series aimed at reorganising our lives for the better. 3: The education system. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane. Repeated from yesterday

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Last in the series in which comic Mark Steel

airs radical proposals designed to change all our lives for the better.

Pessimism. Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair , with Kim Wall and Maria McErlane. Producer Phil Clarke

Repeated tomorrow at 6.25pm

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Radical proposals to change our lives for the better, starting with a monarchy makeover. From October 1992.

Radical proposals to change our lives for the better, starting with a monarchy makeover.

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Radical proposals to change our lives for the better, starting with a monarchy makeover.

From October 1992.

This week's topic is that the Royal Family should be chosen by a weekly lottery.

This week - revamping the Royal Family.

Radical proposals designed to change our lives for the better, starting with a makeover for the monarchy.

Radical proposals to change our lives for the better, starting with a monarchy makeover. From October 1992.

Radical proposals to change our lives for the better, starting with a monarchy makeover.

Episode 1 of 6.

Radical proposals designed to change our lives for the better, starting with a makeover for the monarchy. Episode 1 of 6.

0102No One Should Live In The Same Family For More Than One Year1992101619921122
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Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's relations revolution.

From October 1992.

Another radical proposal to improve our lives, as the comedian reveals how to revolutionise family life.

Another proposal to improve life, the comedian reveals how to revolutionise family life.

Nobody should be allowed to live in the same family for more than a year.

Mark turns his attention to family life and comes up with the novel idea of moving families every year.

This edition argues no-one should live in the same family for over a year.

Another radical proposal from the comedian.

This week: revolutionising family life.

Another radical proposal to improve our lives, the comedian reveals how to revolutionise family life.

Another radical proposal to improve our lives, the comedian reveals how to revolutionise family life. Episode 2 of 6.

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Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's relations revolution. From October 1992.

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's relations revolution.

0102The Same Family For A Year20110218 (BBC7)

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's relations revolution. From October 1992.

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's relations revolution.

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Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's legal shake-up.

From October 1992.

From 1992.

Criminals should be recruited as high courts judges.

This week, a new approach to choosing judges!

The comedian reveals his shake-up for the British legal system.

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's legal shake-up. From October 1992.

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's legal shake-up. From 1992.

Another radical proposal to change our lives for the better. The comedian reveals his shake-up for the British legal system. Episode 3 of 6.

Another radical proposal to change lives for the better. This week a new approach to choosing judges!

Another radical proposal to change lives for the better. This week a new approach to choosing judges! Episode 3 of 6.

0104People Should Start School At 351992103020080812 (BBC7)
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Radical proposals to improve our lives with the comedian's education shake-up. From October 1992.

Radical proposals to improve our lives with the comedian's education shake-up.

0104People Should Start School At The Age Of 351992103019921206
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Radical proposals to improve our lives with the comedian's education shake-up.

From October 1992.

From 1992.

Nobody should go to school until they're 35.

Comedian Mark Steel presents a series of humorous arguments.

This edition argues that nobody should go to school until they are 35.

Another radical proposal to change lives for the better.

This week - why school is wasted on youngsters!

Another radical proposal to improve our lives.

The comedian claims that school is wasted on youngsters.

Another radical proposal to improve our lives. The comedian claims that school is wasted on youngsters. From 1992. Episode 4 of 6.

0104Start School At 3520110304 (BBC7)

Radical proposals to improve our lives with the comedian's education shake-up. From October 1992.

Radical proposals to improve our lives with the comedian's education shake-up.

0105Anyone Born In England Should Be Deported1992110620030726 (BBC7)
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Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's emigration shake-up.

From November 1992.

In a radical life changing proposal, the comedian explains why the English would be better off abroad.

Mark Steel raises the question of why people in England are so miserable and recommends mass deportation.

Anyone born in England should be deported.

Mark Steel proposes this week's solution - anyone born in England should be deported.

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's emigration shake-up. From November 1992.

Mark Steel proposes this week's solution - anyone born in England should be deported. Episode 5 of 6.

In a radical life changing proposal, the comedian explains why the English would be better off abroad. From November 1992. Episode 5 of 6.

0105Deport Anyone Born In England20110311 (BBC7)

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's emigration shake-up. From November 1992.

Radical proposals to improve our lives with the comedian's emigration shake-up.

0106Government Economic Policy Should Be Decided By Sport1992111320170729 (BBC7)

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's athletic revolution.

0106Government Economic Policy Should Be Decided Through Sport1992111320061207 BT=2230 (BBC7)
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The comedian thinks playing football has better uses. From 1992. Episode 6 of 6.

Could economics be decided by a football game? Episode 6 of 6.

0106 LASTDecide Economic Policy By Sport20110318 (BBC7)
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Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's athletic revolution. From November 1992.

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's athletic revolution. From 1992

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's athletic revolution.

From November 1992.

From 1992

0106 LASTGovernment Economic Policy Should Be Decided By Sport20080826 (BBC7)
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Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's athletic revolution. From November 1992.

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Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's athletic revolution.

All government economic policy should be decided by sport.

Mark Steel airs his views on the government's economic policy and suggests that economics should depend on sports.

Could economics be decided by a football game?

The comedian thinks playing football has better uses.

Radical proposals to improve our lives, with the comedian's athletic revolution. From November 1992.

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Another radical proposal as the comedian tackles the stresses of the traditional job.

Another radical proposal as the comedian tackles the stresses and strains of the traditional job. From July 1994.

Another radical proposal as the comedian tackles the stresses and strains of the traditional job.

Having a job should be illegal.

Mark Steel presents another deceptively subversive solution to our everyday problems.

This week he tackles unemployment.

Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete SINCLAIR with Kim Wall and Maria Mcerlane.

Mark tries to see the point of work and the workplace.

Comedian Mark Steel presents a series of humorous arguments.

Mark tries to see the point of the work-place and work.

Mark Steel looks at the stresses and strains of the traditional job.

Comedian Mark Steel presents a series of humorous arguments. Mark tries to see the point of work and the workplace. Episode 1 of 4.

Another radical proposal as the comedian tackles the stresses and strains of the traditional job. From July 1994. Episode 1 of 4.

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The comedian calls for wacky improvements to Britain's crumbling transport system.

Another radical proposal as the comedian calls for wacky improvements to Britain's crumbling transport system.

should only be paid for by people who don't use it.

Comedian Mark Steel suggests some wacky improvements to Britain's crumbling transport system.

From July 1994.

Another radical proposal as the comedian calls for wacky improvements to Britain's crumbling transport system. From July 1994. Episode 2 of 4.

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Another radical proposal as the comedian calls for people to be re-housed at random.

Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete Sinclair with Kim Wall and Maria Mcerlane.

Produced by Phil Clarke.

Another radical proposal as the comedian calls for people to be re-housed at random. From July 1994.

Comedian Mark Steel believes that people should be re-housed at random. Would it work? Episode 3 of 4.

0204The Royal Family Should Be Chosen By A Weekly Lottery1994080520180224 (BBC7)

Mark Steel proposes that the royal family be chosen by a lottery.

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Mark Steel proposes that the royal family are replaced by a lottery family.

The Royal Family should be chosen by weekly lottery (paraphrasing S01 E01).

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Mark Steel proposes that the royal family are replaced by a lottery family.

Mark Steel makes another of his slightly controversial proposals. From April 2004.

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Mark Steel proposes that the royal family are replaced by a lottery family.

The Royal Family should be chosen by weekly lottery (paraphrasing S01 E01).

Mark Steel makes another of his slightly controversial proposals. From April 2004.

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""Everyone should have to be gay for two years"".

Mark Steel returns with alternative solutions to everyday problems.

Show 1 from series 3, August 1995.

Mark Steel returns with alternative solutions to everday problems.

Mark Steel has more radical advice for his fellow man - get yourself a boyfriend.

From August 1995.

Comic Mark Steel returns for a new series, with another collection of alternative solutions to our everday problems.

This week- sexual politics.

Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete SINCLAIR.

The comedian has more radical advice for his fellow man - get yourself a boyfriend.

Mark uses his unique logic to propose solutions to society's problems

From August 1995.

The comedian has more radical advice for his fellow man - get yourself a boyfriend. With Maria McErlane. From August 1995.

The comedian has more radical advice for his fellow man - get yourself a boyfriend. From August 1995.

Mark Steel has more radical advice for his fellow man - get yourself a boyfriend. From August 1995.

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The comedian questions the motives behind mankind's fundraising efforts for good causes.

Mark uses his unique logic to propose solutions to society's problems

The radical comedian questions the motives behind mankind's fundraising efforts for good causes.

From August 1995.

Anybody who gives to charity should be jailed.

Mark presents a highly personal view of the motives behind fundraising and charity work.

A hard hitting comedy view of charity with comedian and journalist Mark Steel.

The radical comedian questions the motives behind mankind's fundraising efforts for good causes. From August 1995.

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The radical comedian proposes a way of solving punishments for criminal acts.

Mark uses his unique logic to propose solutions to society's problems

The radical comedian proposes a way of solving punishments for criminal acts, once and for all.

From August 1995.

Criminals should decide their own punishment.

(Uses some sketches from S01 E03).

Mark proposes a way of solving crime once and for all: criminals should decide their own punishment.

Controversial comic Mark Steel tackles another of our modern day social problems.

This week- crime.

Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete SINCLAIR with Kim Wall and Maria Mcerlane.

Produced by Phil Clarke.

The radical comedian proposes a way of solving punishments for criminal acts, once and for all. From August 1995. Episode 3 of 4.

Mark proposes a way of solving crime once and for all: criminals should decide their own punishment. Episode 3 of 4.

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The radical comedian proposes deportation for everyone born in England.

Anyone born in England should be deported.

(paraphrasing S01 E05).

Controversial comic Mark Steel tackles another of our modern day social problems in the last of the series.

This week- immigration.

Written and performed by Mark Steel and Pete SINCLAIR with Kim Wall and Maria Mcerlane.

Mark proposes that everyone born in England is deported in an attempt to address English misery and feelings of superiority.

The radical comedian proposes deportation for everyone born in England. From August 1995.

The radical comedian proposes deportation for everyone born in England. From August 1995. Episode 4 of 4.

Mark proposes that everyone born in England is deported in an attempt to address English misery and feelings of superiority. Episode 4 of 4.

Mark uses his unique logic to propose solutions to society's problems

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People should have to change their religion every Monday.

Mark has an ideal solution to solving the lack of understanding between religions: Make everyone adopt a new faith every Monday.

Mark has an ideal solution to solving the lack of understanding between religions.

The radical comedian proposes new ways to solve the lack of understanding between different faiths.

From August 1996.

The radical comedian proposes new ways to solve the lack of understanding between different faiths. From August 1996.

The radical comedian proposes new ways to solve the lack of understanding between different faiths. From August 1996. Episode 1 of 4.

Mark has an ideal solution to solving the lack of understanding between religions: Make everyone adopt a new faith every Monday. Episode 1 of 4.

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It's 1996, Chris Evans is on Radio 1, and Mark believes the media has hit an all time low.

Here's his solution - anyone in charge of the media should be sacked after thirty minutes.

It's 1996.

Chris Evans is on Radio 1 and Mark believes the media has hit an all-time low.

Here's his solution.

It's 1996. Chris Evans is on Radio 1 and Mark believes the media has hit an all-time low. Here's his solution. Episode 2 of 4.

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The radical comedian proposes a new way to rescue radio and telly from an all-time low. Chris Evans beware! From August 1996.

It's 1996, Chris Evans is on Radio 1, and Mark believes the media has hit an all time low. Here's his solution. Episode 2 of 4.

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Nobody should go to school until they are 36.

(paraphrasing S01 E04).

Mark proposes that nobody should go to school until they are 36.

From August 1996.

Episode 3 of 4.

Mark proposes that nobody should go to school until they are 36. With Pete Sinclair and Maria McErlane. From August 1996.

Mark proposes that nobody should go to school until they're thirty-six. Episode 3 of 4.

Mark proposes that nobody should go to school until they are 36. From August 1996. Episode 3 of 4.

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Pessimists should be persecuted by law.

Have we entered into an age of pessimism? Mark seems to think so.

Of course, School, the Media and Hollywood are all responsible!.

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The radical comedian explains why life is getting harder, and proposes how we can all fight back. With Peter Sinclair and Maria McErlane. From September 1996.

The radical comedian explains why life is getting harder - and proposes how we can all fight back.

From September 1996.

Episode 4 of 4.

The radical comedian explains why life is getting harder - and proposes how we can all fight back. From September 1996. Episode 4 of 4.

Have we entered into an age of pessimism? Mark seems to think so. And School, the Media and Hollywood are all responsible. Episode 4 of 4.