Radio Fun: The Story Of Radio Comedy

Episodes

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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.

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.

Russell Davies surveys the 50s20041003 BT=1130 (BBC7)

Hancock, The Goons, Life With The Lyons, Beyond Our Ken, Joyce Grenfell, Basil Boothroyd...

Russell Davies surveys the 50s20041004 BT=0130 (BBC7)

Hancock, The Goons, Life With The Lyons, Beyond Our Ken, Joyce Grenfell, Basil Boothroyd...

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120101010 (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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120090712 BT=1700 (BBC7)

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

120101010 (BBC7)

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

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220101017 (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

220101017 (BBC7)

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

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320101024 (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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320090726 BT=1700 (BBC7)

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

320101024 (BBC7)

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

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420101031 (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.

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

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520101107 (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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520090809 BT=1700 (BBC7)

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

520101107 (BBC7)

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

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620101114 (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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620090816 BT=1700 (BBC7)

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

620101114 (BBC7)

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

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720101121 (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'.

720101121 (BBC7)

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

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820101128 (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

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820090830 BT=1700 (BBC7)

. Russell Davies surveys the 50s.

820101128 (BBC7)

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

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920101205 (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.

920101205 (BBC7)

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

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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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1020090913 BT=1700 (BBC7)

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

1020101212 (BBC7)

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

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The improvisation of the fifties gives way to the establishment-baiting of the sixties. Episode 10 of 12.

10 of 1220050923 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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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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1120090920 BT=1700 (BBC7)

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

1120101219 (BBC7)

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

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11 of 1220050930 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.

11 of 1220050930 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.

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12 LAST20091004 BT=1700 (BBC7)

. Russell Davies winds up his review, featuring 'Radio Active' and 'After Henry'. From 1988.

12 LAST20110109 (BBC7)

. Russell Davies winds up his review, featuring 'Radio Active' and 'After Henry'. From 1988.

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12 of 1220051007 BT=1230 (BBC7)

Russell Davies takes a look at radio shows with clips from Radio Active and After Henry. Episode 12 of 12.

12 of 1220051007 BT=1930 (BBC7)

Russell Davies takes a look at radio shows with clips from Radio Active and After Henry. Episode 12 of 12.

2 of 12.20050729 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.

2 of 12.20050729 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.

3 of 12.20050805 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.

3 of 12.20050805 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.

4 of 12.20050812 BT=1230 (BBC7)

Russell Davies continues to explore the history of radio comedy. Episode 4 of 12.

4 of 12.20050812 BT=1930 (BBC7)

Russell Davies continues to explore the history of radio comedy. Episode 4 of 12.

4 of 12.20050819 BT=1230 (BBC7)

This week's Radio Fun looks at the comics of the war time era. Episode 4 of 12.

6 of 12.20050826 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.

6 of 12.20050826 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.

7 of 12.20050902 BT=1230 (BBC7)

Audience-led comedy shows are on the wane as the post-war period looms. Episode 7 of 12.

7 of 12.20050902 BT=1930 (BBC7)

Audience-led comedy shows are on the wane as the post-war period looms. Episode 7 of 12.

8 of 12.20050909 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.

8 of 12.Russell Davies surveys the '50s20050909 BT=1930 (BBC7)

Hancock, The Goons, Life With The Lyons, Beyond Our Ken, Joyce Grenfell and Basil Boothroyd. Episode 8 of 12.

9 of 12.20050916 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.

9 of 12.20050916 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.