Radio Fun - The Story Of Radio Comedy

A new series exploring classic radio comedy.

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20040919 BT=1130 (BBC7)1946. The war is over and young hopefuls Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers and Tony Hancock are starting to emerge.
20040920 BT=0130 (BBC7)1946. The war is over and young hopefuls Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers and Tony Hancock are starting to emerge.
20040822 BT=1130 (BBC7)A look at the origins of radio comedy with acts such as Doris and Elsie and Will Fyfe.
20040823 BT=0130 (BBC7)A look at the origins of radio comedy with acts such as Doris and Elsie and Will Fyfe.
20040815 BT=1130 (BBC7)A new series exploring classic radio comedy. This episode looks at the early radio comedians and pre-war radio comedy.
20040816 BT=0130 (BBC7)A new series exploring classic radio comedy. This episode looks at the early radio comedians and pre-war radio comedy.
20041024 BT=1130 (BBC7)From the hugely influential I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, right up to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.
20041025 BT=0130 (BBC7)From the hugely influential I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, right up to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.
20041010 BT=1130 (BBC7)It's the end of the 1950s, the end of The Goons and time for a change. With clips from Round The Horne and Beyond The Fringe.
20041011 BT=0130 (BBC7)It's the end of the 1950s, the end of The Goons and time for a change. With clips from Round The Horne and Beyond The Fringe.
20041031 BT=1130 (BBC7)Russell Davies takes a look at radio shows with clips from Radio Active and After Henry.
20041101 BT=0130 (BBC7)Russell Davies takes a look at radio shows with clips from Radio Active and After Henry.
20041017 BT=1130 (BBC7)The improvisation of the fifties gives way to the establishment-baiting of the sixties.
20041018 BT=0130 (BBC7)The improvisation of the fifties gives way to the establishment-baiting of the sixties.
20040912 BT=1130 (BBC7)This week's Radio Fun looks at the comics of the war time era.
20040913 BT=0130 (BBC7)This week's Radio Fun looks at the comics of the war time era.
20050819 BT=1930 (BBC7)This week's Radio Fun looks at the comics of the war time era.
20040905 BT=1130 (BBC7)World War II has started and anything and everything to do with 'radio fun' has moved to the supposed safety of Bristol.
20040906 BT=0130 (BBC7)World War II has started and anything and everything to do with 'radio fun' has moved to the supposed safety of Bristol.
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0120090712 BT=1700 (BBC7). Russell Davies remembers the earliest on-air comedians, with a taste of pre-war humour.
0120101010 (BBC7). Russell Davies remembers the earliest on-air comedians, with a taste of pre-war humour.
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0120101010 (BBC7)Russell Davies remembers the earliest on-air comedians, with a clip-packed taste of pre-war humour. From July 1988.

. Russell Davies remembers the earliest on-air comedians, with a taste of pre-war humour.

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Russell Davies remembers the earliest on-air comedians, with a taste of pre-war humour.

Russell Davies remembers the earliest on-air comedians, with a clip-packed taste of pre-war humour.

From July 1988.

This episode looks at the early radio comedians and pre-war radio comedy.

0220090719 BT=1700 (BBC7). Russell Davies looks at the 1930s with a clip-packed taste of the BBC's Variety department
0220101017 (BBC7). Russell Davies looks at the 1930s with a clip-packed taste of the BBC's Variety department
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0220050729 BT=1230 (BBC7)A new series exploring classic radio comedy. A look at the origins of radio comedy with acts such as Doris and Elsie and Will Fyfe. Episode 2 of 12.
0220050729 BT=1930 (BBC7)A new series exploring classic radio comedy. A look at the origins of radio comedy with acts such as Doris and Elsie and Will Fyfe. Episode 2 of 12.
0220101017 (BBC7)Russell Davies looks at the 1930s with a clip-packed taste of the development of the BBC's Variety department. From August 1988.

. Russell Davies looks at the 1930s with a clip-packed taste of the BBC's Variety department

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Russell Davies looks at the 1930s with a clip-packed taste of the BBC's Variety department

Russell Davies looks at the 1930s with a clip-packed taste of the development of the BBC's Variety department.

From August 1988.

The BBC archives are plundered for a study of radio comedy in its infant state, up until the outbreak of war.

A look at the origins of radio comedy with acts such as Elsie and Doris, and Will Fyfe.

0320090726 BT=1700 (BBC7). Russell Davies' survey of wireless mirth reaches the onset of the Second World War.
0320101024 (BBC7). Russell Davies' survey of wireless mirth reaches the onset of the Second World War.
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0320050805 BT=1230 (BBC7)A new series exploring classic radio comedy. A look at the origins of radio comedy with acts such as Doris and Elsie and Will Fyfe. Episode 3 of 12.
0320050805 BT=1930 (BBC7)A new series exploring classic radio comedy. A look at the origins of radio comedy with acts such as Doris and Elsie and Will Fyfe. Episode 3 of 12.
0320101024 (BBC7)Russell Davies' survey of wireless mirth reaches the onset of the Second World War. Featuring Stanley Holloway and Arthur Askey. From 1988.

. Russell Davies' survey of wireless mirth reaches the onset of the Second World War.

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Russell Davies' survey of wireless mirth reaches the onset of the Second World War.

Featuring Stanley Holloway and Arthur Askey.

From 1988.

Russell Davies' history of radio comedy reaches the onset of the Second World War.

With Stanley Holloway, Arthur Askey and Robb Wilton.

Russell Davies' survey of wireless mirth reaches the onset of the Second World War.

0420090802 BT=1700 (BBC7). Russell Davies reviews the BBC's variety artistes of the Second World War.
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0420050812 BT=1230 (BBC7)Russell Davies continues to explore the history of radio comedy. Episode 4 of 12.
0420050812 BT=1930 (BBC7)Russell Davies continues to explore the history of radio comedy. Episode 4 of 12.
0420101031 (BBC7)Russell Davies reviews the BBC's variety artistes of the Second World War. Featuring Elsie and Doris Waters and Tommy Handley.

. Russell Davies reviews the BBC's variety artistes of the Second World War.

0420050819 BT=1230 (BBC7)This week's Radio Fun looks at the comics of the war time era. Episode 4 of 12.
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Russell Davies reviews the BBC's variety artistes of the Second World War.

Featuring Elsie and Doris Waters and Tommy Handley.

World War II has started and anything and everything to do with 'radio fun' has moved to the supposed safety of Bristol.

Russell Davies continues to explore the history of radio comedy.

This week's Radio Fun looks at the comics of the war time era.

Russell Davies reviews the BBC's variety artistes of the Second World War.

0520090809 BT=1700 (BBC7). Russell Davies celebrates the performers who helped boost wartime morale.
0520101107 (BBC7). Russell Davies celebrates the performers who helped boost wartime morale.
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0520101107 (BBC7)Russell Davies celebrates the performers who helped boost wartime morale. Features Tommy Handley and Richard Murdoch.

. Russell Davies celebrates the performers who helped boost wartime morale.

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Russell Davies celebrates the performers who helped boost wartime morale.

Features Tommy Handley and Richard Murdoch.

This week's Radio Fun looks at the comics of the war time era.

A celebration of the radio comedians who helped to keep up morale during the wartime era, including the great Tommy Handley.

Russell Davies celebrates the performers who helped boost wartime morale.

0620090816 BT=1700 (BBC7). Russell Davies celebrates post-war performers. Featuring Tommy Handley.
0620101114 (BBC7). Russell Davies celebrates post-war performers. Featuring Tommy Handley.
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0620050826 BT=1230 (BBC7)1946. The war is over and young hopefuls Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers and Tony Hancock are starting to emerge. Episode 6 of 12.
0620050826 BT=1930 (BBC7)1946. The war is over and young hopefuls Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers and Tony Hancock are starting to emerge. Episode 6 of 12.
0620101114 (BBC7)Russell Davies celebrates post-war performers. Featuring Tommy Handley and emerging hopefuls Harry Secombe and Tony Hancock.

. Russell Davies celebrates post-war performers. Featuring Tommy Handley.

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Russell Davies celebrates post-war performers.

Featuring Tommy Handley.

Featuring Tommy Handley and emerging hopefuls Harry Secombe and Tony Hancock.

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The war is over and young hopefuls Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers and Tony Hancock are starting to emerge.

0720090823 BT=1700 (BBC7). Russell Davies recalls the early 1950s, with the impending arrival of 'The Goon Show'.
0720101121 (BBC7). Russell Davies recalls the early 1950s, with the impending arrival of 'The Goon Show'.
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0720050902 BT=1230 (BBC7)Audience-led comedy shows are on the wane as the post-war period looms. Episode 7 of 12.
0720050902 BT=1930 (BBC7)Audience-led comedy shows are on the wane as the post-war period looms. Episode 7 of 12.
0720101121 (BBC7)Russell Davies recalls the early 1950s, with audience-led shows waning and the impending arrival of 'The Goon Show'.

. Russell Davies recalls the early 1950s, with the impending arrival of 'The Goon Show'.

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Russell Davies recalls the early 1950s, with the impending arrival of 'The Goon Show'.

Russell Davies recalls the early 1950s, with audience-led shows waning and the impending arrival of 'The Goon Show'.

Audience-led comedy shows are on the wane as the post-war period looms.

0820090830 BT=1700 (BBC7). Russell Davies surveys the 50s.
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0820101128 (BBC7)Russell Davies surveys the 1950s - Hancock, The Goons, The Lyons, 'Beyond Our Ken', plus Joyce Grenfell and Basil Boothroyd.

. Includes Hancock, The Goons, The Lyons, Beyond Our Ken, Joyce Grenfell and Basil Boothroyd

0820050909 BT=1230 (BBC7)Russell Davies surveys the '50s. Hancock, The Goons, Life With The Lyons, Beyond Our Ken, Joyce Grenfell and Basil Boothroyd. Episode 8 of 12.
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Includes Hancock, The Goons, The Lyons, Beyond Our Ken, Joyce Grenfell and Basil Boothroyd

Russell Davies surveys the 1950s - Hancock, The Goons, The Lyons, 'Beyond Our Ken', plus Joyce Grenfell and Basil Boothroyd.

Russell Davies surveys the 50s.

Russell Davies surveys the 50s - Hancock, The Goons, Life With the Lyons, Beyond Our Ken, Joyce Grenfell, Basil Boothroyd.

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0920050916 BT=1230 (BBC7)It's the end of the '50s, the end of The Goons and time for a change. With clips from Round The Horne and Beyond The Fringe. Episode 9 of 12.
0920050916 BT=1930 (BBC7)It's the end of the '50s, the end of The Goons and time for a change. With clips from Round The Horne and Beyond The Fringe. Episode 9 of 12.
0920101205 (BBC7)The end of The Goon Show hailed a fresh decade of change. Russell Davies reveals how broadcasting in the 60s had a bona future.

. The end of The Goon Show hailed a fresh decade of change.

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The end of The Goon Show hailed a fresh decade of change.

Russell Davies reveals how broadcasting in the 60s had a bona future.

It's the end of the '50s, the end of The Goons and time for a change.

With clips from Round The Horne and Beyond The Fringe.

Russell Davies reveals how broadcasting had a bright future.

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1020101212 (BBC7)Russell Davies recalls how the radio improvisation of the 1950s gives way to the establishment-baiting of the 1960s.

. Russell Davies recalls how radio improvisation gave way to 1960s establishment-baiting.

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1020050923 BT=1930 (BBC7)The improvisation of the fifties gives way to the establishment-baiting of the sixties. Episode 10 of 12.
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The improvisation of the fifties gives way to the establishment-baiting of the sixties.

The radio improvisation of the fifties gives way to the establishment-baiting of the sixties.

Russell Davies presents.

Russell Davies recalls how radio improvisation gave way to 1960s establishment-baiting.

Russell Davies recalls how the radio improvisation of the 1950s gives way to the establishment-baiting of the 1960s.

. Russell Davies recalls how radio improvisation gave way to 1960s establishment-baiting.

1120090920 BT=1700 (BBC7). From I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, right up to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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1120050930 BT=1230 (BBC7)From the hugely influential I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, right up to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. Episode 11 of 12.
1120050930 BT=1930 (BBC7)From the hugely influential I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, right up to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. Episode 11 of 12.
1120101219 (BBC7)Russell Davies reviews 1970s comedy hits, from 'I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again' to 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy'.

. From I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, right up to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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From the hugely influential I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, right up to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.

From I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, right up to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Russell Davies reviews 1970s comedy hits, from 'I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again' to 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy'.

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12 LAST20091004 BT=1700 (BBC7). Russell Davies winds up his review, featuring 'Radio Active' and 'After Henry'. From 1988.
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12 LAST20051007 BT=1230 (BBC7)Russell Davies takes a look at radio shows with clips from Radio Active and After Henry. Episode 12 of 12.
12 LAST20051007 BT=1930 (BBC7)Russell Davies takes a look at radio shows with clips from Radio Active and After Henry. Episode 12 of 12.
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Russell Davies concludes his 1988 record of the past, featuring Radio Active and After Henry.

He also takes a 'look ahead'.