The Secret World

The impression show that imagines alternative lives for famous people. Each episode takes place over one day, with stories unfolding and overlapping from morning to night.

Episodes

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Jools Holland has an embarrassing encounter in a public baths.

From John Humphrys to Alan Carr - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk.

From John Humphrys to Alan Carr - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk. Pilot from April 2008.

From John Humphrys to Alan Carr - Jon Culshaw explores the private lives of famous folk.

From John Humphrys to Alan Carr, Jon Culshaw explores the private lives of famous folk.

Jools Holland has an embarrassing encounter in a public baths.

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From Lord Sugar to Bruce Forsyth, Jon Culshaw explores the private lives of famous folk.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful

Ray Winston becomes trapped in a duvet.

From Lord Alan Sugar to Bruce Forsyth - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk.

From April 2009.

From Lord Alan Sugar to Bruce Forsyth - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk. From April 2009.

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The Arctic Monkeys reveal their love for Woman's Hour.

From Jools Holland to Ross Kemp - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk.

From April 2009.

From Jools Holland to Ross Kemp - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre lives of famous folk.

From Jools Holland to Ross Kemp - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk. From April 2009.

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The identity of Robert Mugabe's life coach revealed.

From Steve Wright to Ken Dodd - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk.

From Steve Wright to Ken Dodd - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk. From May 2009.

From Steve Wright to Ken Dodd - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre lives of famous folk.

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From Sir Alan Sugar to Boy George - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk.

From May 2009.

From Sir Alan Sugar to Boy George - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre lives of famous folk.

From Sir Alan Sugar to Boy George - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk. From May 2009.

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Bill Gates wants a friend.

From William Hague to Simon Cowell - Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk.

From May 2009.

From William Hague to Simon Cowell, Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre lives of famous folk.

From William Hague to Simon Cowell, Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk. From May 2009.

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From Al Pacino to Keith Harris and Orville, Jon Culshaw and friends probe private lives.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful

Parallel stories unfold from morning til night as the great and good become embroiled in the most unlikely situations. Repeat of Series 2, Epsiode 1.

Lional Blair is mistaken for Tony and has to go the middle east to get the leaders 'dancing to the same tune' which he does with relish.

William Haig has a discussion with the ambassador of Kyrkistan but has msitakenly jemmed up on Uzbekistan -resulting in him agreeing to a royal visit.

Al Pacino stalks Jon Humphrys.

Sir David Attenborough is told that there are too many 'old animals' in his nature shows, and this is putting off younger viewers.

The programme is written months in advance of transmission, and is therefore not topical or political - it's a sometimes surreal twist on the familiar 'impression show' without parody, pastiche or the usual caricaturising.

The Secret World features some of the best vocal performers around including Lewis MacLeod, Jon Culshaw, Duncan Wisbey, Julian Dutton, Jess Robinson and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

The show is written by Bill Dare and Julian Dutton with Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris and Rufus Jones and Dan Skinner.

The producer/creator is Bill Dare.

Lionel Blair is mistaken for Tony and is sent to the Middle East.

From Al Pacino to Keith Harris and Orville - Jon Culshaw and friends probe the private lives of the famous.

From July 2010.

Parallel stories unfold from morning til night as the great and good become embroiled in the most unlikely situations.

Repeat of Series 2, Epsiode 1.

William Hague has a discussion with the ambassador of Kyrgystan but has mistakenly jemmed up on Uzbekistan -resulting in him agreeing to a royal visit.

Al Pacino stalks John Humphrys

From Al Pacino to Keith Harris and Orville - Jon Culshaw and friends probe the private lives of the famous. From July 2010.

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Alan Titchmarsh: quaint gardener or ruthless murderer? Jon Culshaw and friends probe the private lives of the famous. From July 2010.

quaint gardener or ruthless murderer? With Jon Culshaw.

Alan Titchmarsh - quaint gardener or ruthless murderer?

With naturalistic performances from Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod and others, take a fly-on-the-wall position and listen in as the great and the good become embroiled in the bizarre and ridiculous.

Sir David Attenborough is asked by the BBC diversity unit to put more disabled animals in his show - in positive circumstances.

Ian Paisley meets Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour and insists that the band perform at his cousin Hugo's sixtieth birthday party.

Alan Bennett replies to every bit of junk mail personally and with great style.

Professor Richard Dawkins persues his career as a pop singer - auditioning for Lady Gaga.

The programme is written months in advance of transmission, and is therefore not topical or political - it's a sometimes surreal twist on the familiar 'impression show' without parody, pastiche or the usual caricaturising.

The Secret World features some of the best vocal performers around including Lewis MacLeod, Jon Culshaw, Duncan Wisbey, Julian Dutton, Jess Robinson and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

The show is written by Bill Dare and Julian Dutton with Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris and Rufus Jones and Dan Skinner.

The producer/creator is Bill Dare.

Sir David Attenborough is asked by the BBC to put more disabled animals in his show.

With naturalistic performances from Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod and others, take a fly-on-the-wall position and listen in as the great and the good become embroiled in the bizarre and ridiculous. Repeat of Series 2, Episode 2.

Sir David Attemborough is asked by the BBC diversity unit to put more disabled animals in his show - in positive circumstances.

Alan Titchmarsh: quaint gardener or ruthless murderer? Jon Culshaw and friends probe the private lives of the famous.

From July 2010.

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David Beckham tries to hire a rainbow for a party.

David Beckham wants to buy a rainbow from film director James Cameron. Alan Bennett responds to all junk mail with a personally crafted letter. Richard Dawkins tries to join Amy Winehouse as a backing singer. Then he tries to join Chas of Chas and Dave. These are the strange and covert stories which unfold during the course of one day.

Surely John Inman and Morrissey could never appear in the same scene. Well, they do. Sort of. This is a new kind of impression show.

Al Pacino, a crazed conspiracy theorist, is stalking John Humphrys.

David Beckham wants to buy a raindbow from film director James Cameron. Alan Bennett responds to all junk mail with a personally crafted letter. Richard Dawkins tries to join Amy Winehouse as a backing singer. Then he tries to join Chas of Chas and Dave. These are the strange and covert stories which unfold during the course of one day. Surely John Inman and Morrissey could never appear in the same scene? Well, they do. Sort of. This is a repeat of a new kind of impression show.

The Secret World features some of the best vocal performers around including Lewis MacLeod, Jon Culshaw, Duncan Wisbey, Julian Dutton, Jess Robinson and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

The show is written by Bill Dare and Julian Dutton with Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris and Rufus Jones and Dan Skinner.

The producer/creator is Bill Dare.

Jon Culshaw explores famous folk's private lives.

From July 2010.

David Beckham wants to buy a raindbow from film director James Cameron.

Alan Bennett responds to all junk mail with a personally crafted letter.

Richard Dawkins tries to join Amy Winehouse as a backing singer.

Then he tries to join Chas of Chas and Dave.

These are the strange and covert stories which unfold during the course of one day.

Surely John Inman and Morrissey could never appear in the same scene? Well, they do.

Sort of.

This is a repeat of a new kind of impression show.

David Beckham wants to buy a rainbow from film director James Cameron.

Surely John Inman and Morrissey could never appear in the same scene.

Well, they do.

This is a new kind of impression show.

David Beckham tries to hire a rainbow for a party. Jon Culshaw explores famous folk's private lives. From July 2010.

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Alan Titchmarsh reveals a dark side when his career is at risk.

Ringo Starr wants to get back with his old band - The Shadows. Beckham wants to buy a real T Rex from Spielberg. Al Pacino is still stalking John Humphrys. Abu Hamza and Boy George continue their unspoken romance. Alan Titchmarsh reveals his darker side... All this and more as we take a look at the secret world of public people.

David Beckham wants to buy a real T Rex from Steven Spielberg.

Alan Titchmarsh shows a dark side when his career is at risk.

Jon Culshaw explores famous folk's private lives.

From July 2010.

Ringo Starr wants to get back with his old band - The Shadows.

Beckham wants to buy a real T Rex from Spielberg.

Al Pacino is still stalking John Humphrys.

Abu Hamza and Boy George continue their unspoken romance.

Alan Titchmarsh reveals his darker side...

All this and more as we take a look at the secret world of public people.

Alan Titchmarsh shows a dark side when his career is at risk. Jon Culshaw explores famous folk's private lives. From July 2010.

Alan Titchmarsh reveals a dark side when his career is at risk. Jon Culshaw explores famous folk's private lives. From July 2010.

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Prince Charles ends up helping his driver move a sideboard.

Prince Charles is asked by his driver to help move some furniture. Arch Bishop Rowan Williams is upset that he never gets invited to go out drinking with the other Bishops. Ray Winstone is terrified of pins and needles. William Hague has an overnight guest he can't get rid of. Find out how they all cope in another handful of strange tales from the private lives of public people.

Prince Charles is asked by his driver to help move some furniture.

Jon Culshaw explores famous folk's private lives.

From July 2010.

Arch Bishop Rowan Williams is upset that he never gets invited to go out drinking with the other Bishops.

Ray Winstone is terrified of pins and needles.

William Hague has an overnight guest he can't get rid of.

Find out how they all cope in another handful of strange tales from the private lives of public people.

Prince Charles ends up helping his driver move a sideboard. Jon Culshaw explores famous folk's private lives. From July 2010.

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Ghost hunter Derek Acorah is trying to find his missing bobble hat - but can't seem to conjure up an image.

Jack Nicholson stalks thin women just so he can eat the food they leave. Ian Hislop goes to a nail bar. Daniel Craig gets some car insurance. Find out how these stories unfold in an impression show with a difference.

Ian Hislop goes to a nail bar. Daniel Craig gets some car insurance.

Ghost hunter Derek Acorah is trying to find his missing bobble hat - but can't seem to conjurr up an image.

The programme is written months in advance of transmission, and is therefore not topical or political - it's a sometimes surreal twist on the familiar 'impression show' without parody, pastiche or the usual caricaturising.

The Secret World features some of the best vocal performers around including Lewis MacLeod, Jon Culshaw, Duncan Wisbey, Julian Dutton, Jess Robinson and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

The show is written by Bill Dare and Julian Dutton with Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris and Rufus Jones and Dan Skinner.

The producer/creator is Bill Dare.

James Bond star Daniel Craig tries to get car insurance. Jon Culshaw explores famous folk's private lives. From August 2010.

James Bond star Daniel Craig tries to get car insurance.

Jon Culshaw explores famous folk's private lives.

From August 2010.

Jack Nicholson stalks thin women just so he can eat the food they leave.

Ian Hislop goes to a nail bar.

Daniel Craig gets some car insurance.

Find out how these stories unfold in an impression show with a difference.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury tries tweeting for the first time, with disastrous results.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful


In this third series the team of Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Julian Dutton, Duncan Wisbey, Margarter Cabourn-Smith, Jessica Robinson is joined by Debra Stephenson.
In this series, Professor Brian Cox finds himself the object of excessive female attention, from, amongst others, Kirsty Young and the Queen. Al Pacino reveals his alternative life as a balloon twister. Ed Miliband spends a whole day trying to get a batman costume for his son, Peter Sallis discovers a new form of energy, and President Obama becomes a pearly king.
The show is written by Bill Dare, Julian Dutton, and Duncan Wisbey.
It's produced by Bill Dare.

Episode synopsis for ep 1
In this episode, the Arch Bishop of Canterbury tries Tweeting for the first time, with disastrous results. Professor Brian Cox finds himself stalked by various women, including the Queen. Al Pacino is a balloon twister, and Princess Anne reveals her secret life as a trainspotter.

In this third series the team of Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Julian Dutton, Duncan Wisbey, Margarter Cabourn-Smith, Jessica Robinson is joined by Debra Stephenson.

In this series, Professor Brian Cox finds himself the object of excessive female attention, from, amongst others, Kirsty Young and the Queen. Al Pacino reveals his alternative life as a balloon twister. Ed Miliband spends a whole day trying to get a batman costume for his son, Peter Sallis discovers a new form of energy, and President Obama becomes a pearly king.

The show is written by Bill Dare, Julian Dutton, and Duncan Wisbey.

It's produced by Bill Dare.

Episode synopsis for ep 1

In this episode, the Arch Bishop of Canterbury tries Tweeting for the first time, with disastrous results. Professor Brian Cox finds himself stalked by various women, including the Queen. Al Pacino is a balloon twister, and Princess Anne reveals her secret life as a trainspotter.

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From Al Pacino to Paul McCartney, Jon Culshaw imagines the private lives of the famous.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful

Comedy offering an insight into the private lives of the famous.

From Al Pacino to Paul McCartney, Jon Culshaw and friends imagine the private lives of the famous. From September 2012.

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From Miranda Hart to Sean Connery, Jon Culshaw imagines the private lives of the famous.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful

Comedy offering an insight into the private lives of the famous.

From Miranda Hart to Sean Connery, Jon Culshaw and friends imagine the private lives of the famous. With Lewis MacLeod and Julian Dutton. From September 2012.

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Comedy offering an insight into the private lives of the famous.

From Michael Caine to Mark Zuckerberg, Jon Culshaw imagines the lives of the famous.

From Michael Caine to Mark Zuckerberg, Jon Culshaw and friends imagine the private lives of the famous. From September 2012.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful

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Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson explore the bizarre private lives of famous folk.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful

The show that shines a light on the private world of public people returns for a six part series. William Hague finds he has nothing to do but look at the terrible things that are happening in the world and 'tut'. In fact he's at such a loose end that he volunteers to do a bit of cleaning for his colleagues. Our own Radio 4 announcer Neil Nunes has a whole new take on continuity, giving it a really Jamaican feel. Film actor Al Pacino is convinced that Jools Holland is an alien sending secret messages with his music. It can only be the strange goings on in the impression comedy with a difference: The Secret World.

With Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis MacLeod, Jess Robinson, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey.

This quirky series ignores received opinion about public figures, and instead invents an alternative world in which Ray Winstone is obsessed with Mary Bell, Jon Craven is in a bare knuckle fight club, Roger McGough is a therapist Leo Sayer is a gardener, James Naughtie is portrayed a man who can't stop paraphrasing what everyone says, and William Hague is a man with so little to do he takes up cleaning his colleague's office.

With plenty of digs at the BBC, this is an off-beat show with surreal touches and the occasional bite of satire.

With Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis MacLeod, Jess Robinson, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey.

Impression show about the private lives of public people.

The show that shines a light on the private world of public people returns for a six part series. William Hague finds he has nothing to do but look at the terrible things that are happening in the world and 'tut'. In fact he's at such a loose end that he volunteers to do a bit of cleaning for his colleagues. Our own Radio 4 announcer Neil Nunes has a whole new take on continuity, giving it a really Jamaican feel. Film actor Al Pacino is convinced that Jools Holland is an alien sending secret messages with his music. It can only be the strange goings on in the impression comedy with a difference: The Secret World.

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Impression show about the private lives of public people.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful

Sean Connery, Griff Rhys Jones, Pam Ayres, Kirsty Young, Peter Sallis, all have one thing in common. They enjoy nothing more than coming together every week or so for a bit of bare knuckle fighting. Well, they do in the strange alternative universe that is The Secret World. The impressions show with a difference.

With Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis MacLeod, Jess Robinson, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey.

The show that reveals the secrets of public personalities returns for a six part series. Tom Jones finds he's mistaken for a lookalike of Tom Jones, and John Craven is asked by the BBC to make Countryfile a bit more like the edgy American drama, Breaking Bad. William Hague finds that since no one pays any attention to Britain anymore, he's at a bit of a loose end. It can only be The Secret World.

With Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis MacLeod, Jess Robinson, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey.

Sean Connery, Griff Rhys Jones, Pam Ayres, Kirsty Young, Peter Sallis, all have one thing in common. They enjoy nothing more than coming together every week or so for a bit of bare knuckle fighting. Well, they do in the strange alternative universe that is The Secret World. The impressions show with a difference.

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Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson explore the bizarre private lives of famous folk.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful

The impression show with a difference. This week, Mary Berry from Bake Off has to deal with a baking-related dispute between Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins. Olympic director Danny Boyle is tasked with rescuing a cat from a tree, and James Naughtie seeks counselling from poet Roger McGough.

With Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis MacLeod, Jess Robinson, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey.

The impression show with a difference. This week, Mary Berry from Bake Off has to deal with a baking-related dispute between Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins. Olympic director Danny Boyle is tasked with rescuing a cat from a tree, and James Naughtie seeks counselling from poet Roger McGough.

With Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis MacLeod, Jess Robinson, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey.

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Mary Berry deals with a baking-related dispute between Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins.

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From the Queen to Russell Crowe, exploring the bizarre private lives of famous folk.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful

This week, the Queen hatches a plot to get Pippa Middleton out of the way, Ed Miliband is so keen to pally-up with some builders that he ends up helping them do their work, and Russell Crowe has a bizarre fixation with sprouts.

With Margaret Cabourn-smith, Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis Macleod, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey.

This week, the Queen hatches a plot to get Pippa Middleton out of the way, Ed Miliband is so keen to pally-up with some builders that he ends up helping them do their work, and Russell Crowe has a bizarre fixation with sprouts.

With Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis Macleod, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey.

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Impression show about the private lives of public people.

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William Hague is caught in a snowstorm and contemplates his mortality.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful

Bishop Rowan Williams gets in deep water after deciding to celebrate Boxing Day with a game of knock down ginger, William Hague finds himself stranded in a snow drift with only some Belgian truffles for food, and John Lydon ends up killing sir Anthony Hopkins. It can only be the weird goings on in the show that imagines the private lives of public people: A Boxing Day edition of The Secret World.

With Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis Macleod, Jess Robinson and Duncan Wisbey. Produced by Bill Dare.

Bishop Rowan Williams gets in deep water after deciding to celebrate Boxing Day with a game of knock down ginger, William Hague finds himself stranded in a snow drift with only some Belgian truffles for food, and John Lydon ends up killing sir Anthony Hopkins. It can only be the weird goings on in the show that imagines the private lives of public people: A Boxing Day edition of The Secret World.

With Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis Macleod, Jess Robinson and Duncan Wisbey. Produced by Bill Dare.

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Peter Sallis lays down a track for Lady Gaga's new album, Chancellor Merkel plays 'snog marry avoid' and Ed Miliband learns to boogie. It can only be the strange goings on in the show that shines a light on the private lives of public people.

With Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis MacLeod, Jess Robinson, and Duncan Wisbey. Produced by Bill Dare.

Impression show about the private lives of public people.

From Ed Miliband to Lady Gaga, Jon Culshaw and gang explore bizarre private lives.

Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful

Peter Sallis lays down a track for Lady Gaga's new album, Chancellor Merkel plays 'snog marry avoid' and Ed Miliband learns to boogie. It can only be the strange goings on in the show that shines a light on the private lives of public people.

With Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis MacLeod, Jess Robinson, and Duncan Wisbey. Produced by Bill Dare.