Rik Mayall On Radio

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20181222Broadcaster and Producer John Lloyd explores the fascinating radio contributions of the actor and comedian Rik Mayall to reveal a remarkable and eclectic mix of programmes and archives.

Rik Mayall, was one of the first and foremost alternative comedians in the UK, best known for his work on TV's The Young Ones, Bottom and The New Statesmen which all had tremendous impact on British situation comedy. However whilst enjoying tremendous success on television Mayall made many captivating contributions to radio which are often overlooked.

In this special tribute, in the year Mayall would have celebrated his sixtieth birthday, John Lloyd introduces highlights from Mayall’s radio years along with illuminating new interviews from some of the people closest to him.

Programmes featured include;

** Higher Education (2000). Mayall stars in the Lloyd Peters drama.

** The Reunion (2018) An edited version of the programme as Sue MacGregor reunites five people who made their names in the ground-breaking TV comedy The Young Ones.

**Bedside Tales: May 22nd. (2009) A classic episode of Rik's series co-written with John Nicholson

Charting Mayall's career through radio we also hear illuminating and rare footage of interviews along with extracts from his readings and plays.

Producer: Stephen Garner

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in 2018.

Exploring the fascinating radio contributions of Rik Mayall

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Producer John Lloyd explores the radio contributions of comedian Rik Mayall

Exploring the fascinating radio contributions of Rik Mayall.

Broadcaster and Producer John Lloyd explores the fascinating radio contributions of the actor and comedian Rik Mayall to reveal a remarkable and eclectic mix of programmes and archives.

Rik Mayall, was one of the first and foremost alternative comedians in the UK, best known for his work on TV's The Young Ones, Bottom and The New Statesmen which all had tremendous impact on British situation comedy. However whilst enjoying tremendous success on television Mayall made many captivating contributions to radio which are often overlooked.

First of a two-part tribute first heard in 2018 - the year Mayall would have celebrated his 60th birthday

John is joined by Lloyd Peters, who wrote the featured drama below, and Helen Lederer who co-starred in it with Rik.

* A Higher Education:
Panic strikes in a university drama department as a siege situation unfolds.
Starring Rik Mayall, Helen Lederer, Philip Glenister Judi Earl and Gary Brown.
Lloyd Peters' comic drama, directed by Polly Thomas and first heard in 2000.

Producer: Stephen Garner

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in December 2018.

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Producer John Lloyd explores the radio contributions of comedian Rik Mayall

Broadcaster and Producer John Lloyd explores more of the fascinating radio contributions of the actor and comedian Rik Mayall to reveal a remarkable and eclectic mix of programmes and archives.

Rik Mayall, was one of the first and foremost alternative comedians in the UK, best known for his work on TV's The Young Ones, Bottom and The New Statesmen which all had tremendous impact on British situation comedy. However whilst enjoying tremendous success on television Mayall made many captivating contributions to radio which are often overlooked.

The last of a two-part tribute first heard in 2018 - the year Mayall would have celebrated his 60th birthday

John is joined by Steven Canny, the producer of ‘Rik Mayall’s Bedside Tales’.

Featuring:

‘The Reunion’ [BBC Radio 4 29/04/2018]

‘Rik Mayall’s Bedside Tales: 22nd May’ [BBC Radio 4 21/10/2009]

Producer: Stephen Garner

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in December 2018.