Open Mike - Mike Craig's Radio Memoirs


2008060720160423 (BBC7)
20180714 (BBC7)
20200621 (BBC7)
20200622 (BBC7)
The favourite shows of the late BBC producer comedy producer Mike Craig.

Including Castle's on the Air, Jimmy's Cricket Team and Bernie Clifton's Comedy Shop.

Mike Craig was a prolific producer and writer of over 1200 comedy shows for both BBC Radio and TV - including Morecambe and Wise, Ken Dodd, Jimmy Tarbuck, Al Reid, Harry Worth and The Grumbleweeds. It was Mike who wrote the legendary high-kicking sketch on the 1976 Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show with newsreader Angela Rippon.

In this 3 hour showcase of his radio memoirs, Mike presents a selection of his own favourites:

* Castle's On The Air
Record-breaking Roy Castle brings you espionage, The Three Musketeers and the perils of powering a car with cooking sherry explained by Stanley Unwin.

* Jimmy's Cricket Team
Series.1 (3/8)
Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket with a letter from his mammy and more! With Bill Pertwee, Peter Goodwright and Noreen Kershaw. Written by Eddie Braben. From 1990.

* Bernie Clifton's Comedy Shop
From restaurants to great moments in history - a non-stop barrage of gags. With Caroline Turner, Tony Pearce and Pat Mooney.

* Ho-Di-Ho starring The Grumbleweeds
The Grumbleweeds decide to go on holiday to Maplin's holiday camp. With Ruth Madoc and Paul Shane.

* Al Read Says Such Is Life
The Lancashire sausage-maker turned comedian illustrates pages of his autobiography with excerpts from his classic performances. From 1987

* Ken Dodd's Easter Special
From the City Varieties Theatre, Leeds, Spring is in the air and Doddy's tackling romance and there's trouble at t'mill. With Johnny Moore, Paula Tilbrook,

Based mainly in Manchester, Mike retired from the BBC in 1993. He was born 11th March 1935 and died 28th October 2010.

Recorded at BBC Manchester and compiled by Mik Wilkojc.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 7 in 2008.