The Real Comedy Controllers - The Things That Made Us Laugh

Episodes

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01Comedy Club At Machynlleth

01Comedy Club At Machynlleth20170318 (BBC7)

Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville pick top comedic moments.

Made for 4 Extra. With over 150 years of collective comedy-making experience between them, Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville pick their top comedic moments.

02Satire And Sitcoms20170325 (BBC7)

Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville look at 60s and 70s sitcoms.

Instead of guest Comedy Controllers, choosing their comedy favourites, it is now the turn of those who, in their own ways, have to take the blame for many of the shows often featured on Radio 4 Extra. Between them, Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville have well over a 150 years of gut-busting, side-aching woofers, gags and - let's be honest - the occasional horrific mistimed silence.

In front of an audience in the iconic Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House - the home of British Radio comedy - they reveal why they do it and what it was (and is) that made them laugh.

Programme 2. Satire and Sitcoms - The Real Comedy Controllers travel back to the 60s and 70s to celebrate the satire boom... to trace the development of sitcoms both here and abroad... and to remember the golden years of BBC Entertainment. Episodes featured include:

* Round The Horne

Kenneth Horne blasts off boldly in 'Journey to Uranus', a ditty from Rambling Sid Rumpo and 'Bona Books' with Julian and Sandy. First broadcast in April 1968.

* Steptoe and Son - Come Dancing

Albert sets out to help son Harold to conquer his fear of ballroom dancing. Starring Wilfrid Brambell as Albert and Harry H Corbett as Harold. With Clifford Norgate as the Milkman. First broadcast in June 1974.

* The Eric Morecombe and Ernie Wise Show

The duo welcome Penelope Keith, who does her own intro before performing in Ern's sketch what he wrote. From October 1977.

* The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Primary Phase. Fit the Sixth.

Arthur and company escape from a war, but exactly when have they escaped to? By Douglas Adams. From April 1978.

Series Producers: Paul Kobrak and Dixi Stewart.

Made for BBC Radio Extra.

03Alternative Comedy...and Beyond
03Alternative Comedy...and Beyond20170408 (BBC7)

Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville look at 80s alternative comedy.

Instead of guest Comedy Controllers, choosing their comedy favourites, it is now the turn of those who, in their own ways, have to take the blame for many of the shows often featured on Radio 4 Extra. Between them, Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville have well over a 150 years of gut-busting, side-aching woofers, gags and - let's be honest - the occasional horrific mistimed silence.

In front of an audience in the iconic Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House - the home of British Radio comedy - they reveal why they do it and what it was (and is) that made them laugh.

Programme 3. Alternative Comedy... and Beyond - in which the Real Comedy Controllers return to the 80s to consider how alternative the new wave of comedy was... and to explore how their humour developed as the century drew to a close. Episodes featured include:

Lenin of the Rovers

Midfield football maestro Ricky Lenin's battle for Britain's first all-communist football team. Ricky introduces his radical thinking to Felchester Rovers. Starring Alexei Sayle, Keith Allen, Andrew McClean and Maurice Colbourne. First broadcast in February 1988.

The Mary Whitehouse Experience

David Baddiel, Rob Newman, Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis tackle buskers and January sales. With Mark Thomas. From January 1990.

Goodness Gracious Me

The Marriage Emporium is running low on Indian brides, plus a version of the classic song 'Fifty Ways to Leave Your Mother'. British-Asian sitcom with Nina Wadia. From July 1997.

On The Hour

Pre-natal beauty therapy hits the headlines. Chris Morris hosts the incisive news satire. With Steve Coogan. From April 1992.

Series Producers: Paul Kobrak and Dixi Stewart.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

04Comedy In The 21st Century20170415 (BBC7)

Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville on broadcast comedy's future.

Made for 4 Extra. Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville return ask if broadcast comedy has run out of ideas.