Steven Appleby's Normal Life

Cartoonist Steven Appleby takes an abnormal look at everyday life.

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20040819 BT=2345 (BBC7)The Normal Mind: In his first comedy series for radio, cartoonist Steven Appleby shares some personal thoughts on everyday life: the 21st century.
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When his wife leaves him for a kettle, the cartoonist looks for love elsewhere.

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

When his wife leaves him for a kettle, the cartoonist looks for love elsewhere. Stars Paul McCrink. From August 2001.

When his wife leaves him for a kettle, the cartoonist looks for love elsewhere.

The distinctly abnormal life of a cartoonist, who searches for love when he discovers his wife having an affair with a kettle.

He discovers that his wife is having an affair with a kettle.

He goes in search of love when he discovers that his wife is having an affair with a kettle.

Cartoonist Steven Appleby takes a distinctly abnormal look at everyday life - his wife's having an affair with a kettle.

The cartoonist searches for love when he discovers his wife having an affair with a kettle

When his wife leaves him for a kettle, the cartoonist looks for love elsewhere. Stars Paul McCrink. From August 2001.

Cartoonist Steven Appleby takes a distinctly abnormal look at everyday life in the 21st century by looking each week at one of life's fundamental topics.

When his wife leaves him for a kettle, the cartoonist looks for love elsewhere..

Starring Paul McCrink as Steven Appleby.

Featuring Rachel Atkins, Ewan Bailey, Nigel Betts and Rosalind Paul.

Six-part comedy written by Steven Appleby

Producer: Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001

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When his wife leaves him for a kettle, the cartoonist looks for love elsewhere. Stars Paul McCrink. From August 2001.

The cartoonist searches for love when he discovers his wife having an affair with a kettle

He discovers that his wife is having an affair with a kettle. Episode 1 of 5.

The distinctly abnormal life of a cartoonist, who searches for love when he discovers his wife having an affair with a kettle. Episode 1 of 5.

Cartoonist Steven Appleby takes a distinctly abnormal look at everyday life - his wife's having an affair with a kettle. Episode 1 of 5.

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The cartoonist unearths an alien conspiracy to turn the world into a holiday camp for kids

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

The cartoonist unearths an alien conspiracy to turn the world into a holiday camp for kids. Stars Paul McCrink. From August 2001.

The cartoonist unearths an alien conspiracy to turn the world into a holiday camp for kids. Episode 2 of 5.

Cartoonist Steven unearths an alien conspiracy to turn the world into a holiday camp for kids.

Starring Paul McCrink as Steven Appleby.

Featuring Rachel Atkins, Ewan Bailey, Nigel Betts and Rosalind Paul.

Written by Steven Appleby

Producer: Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001

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The cartoonist sells his soul to the devil in the hope of securing eternal life.

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

The cartoonist sells his soul to the Devil in the hope of securing eternal life. Stars Paul McCrink. From August 2001.

The cartoonist sells his soul to the Devil in the hope of securing eternal life, with an unexpected side-effect.

The cartoonist sells his soul to the Devil in the hope of securing eternal life - with an unexpected side-effect. Episode 3 of 5.

The cartoonist sells his soul to the Devil in the hope of securing eternal life, with an unexpected side-effect...

Steven sells his soul to the Devil in the hope of securing eternal life.

The main side effect is that he becomes rather like a certain Hollywood icon

Starring Mark Perry as cartoonist Steven Appleby who takes an abnormal look at everyday life.

Featuring Rachel Atkins, Ewan Bailey, Nigel Betts and Rosalind Paul.

Written by Steven Appleby

Producer: Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001

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The cartoonist aims to prove that science will make the natural world entirely redundant.

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

The cartoonist sets out to prove that science will eventually make the natural world, humans included, entirely redundant.

The cartoonist alleges that science will one day make the natural world entirely redundant

He sets out to prove that science will one day render the natural world, ourselves included, redundant.

The cartoonist aims to prove that science will make the natural world entirely redundant. Stars Paul McCrink. From August 2001.

The cartoonist sets out to prove that science will eventually make the natural world, humans included, entirely redundant. Episode 4 of 5.

Cartoonist Steven sets out to prove that science will eventually make the natural world, humans included, entirely redundant.

Starring Mark Perry as cartoonist Steven Appleby who takes an abnormal look at everyday life.

Steven.... Paul McCrink
Mum.... Rosalind Paul
Lauren Maroon.... Rachel Atkins
Mr Two.... Ewan Bailey
Dad.... Nigel Betts

Written by Steven Appleby

Producer: Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001.

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As the cartoonist faces surgery, his feminine side explores his brain's inner workings.

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

As the cartoonist faces surgery, his feminine side explores his brain's inner workings. Stars Paul McCrink. From August 2001.

As Steven undergoes brain surgery, we go on a tour which reveals the inner workings of the creative artist's brain.

Steven takes advantage of modern surgical techniques to reveal the inner workings of the creative artist's brain.

He takes advantage of modern surgical techniques to reveal the inner workings of the creative artist's brain.

In his first comedy series for radio, cartoonist Steven Appleby shares some personal thoughts on everyday life: the 21st century.

As Steven undergoes brain surgery we go on a tour of his mind which reveals the inner workings of the creative artist's brain.

As Steven has brain surgery, the workings of the creative artist's brain are revealed.

As Steven undergoes brain surgery we go on a tour of his mind which reveals the inner workings of the creative artist's brain. Episode 5 of 5.

As Steven undergoes brain surgery, we go on a tour which reveals the inner workings of the creative artist's brain. Episode 5 of 5.

Cartoonist Steven takes advantage of modern surgical techniques to reveal the inner workings of the creative artist's brain.

Starring Mark Perry as cartoonist Steven Appleby who takes an abnormal look at everyday life.

Steven.... Paul McCrink
Mum.... Rosalind Paul
Female Steven.... Rachel Atkins
Mr Two.... Ewan Bailey
Dad.... Nigel Betts

Other parts played by the cast.

Written by Steven Appleby

Producer: Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001.

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Pondering his life as a cartoonist proves to be more dangerous and revealing than intended

Pondering his life as a cartoonist proves to be more dangerous and revealing than intended. Stars Paul McCrink. From July 2002.

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Pondering his life as a cartoonist proves to be more dangerous and revealing than intended. Stars Paul McCrink. From July 2002.

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

Steven Appleby concludes his series with a look at the world of work.

However, pondering on why he became a cartoonist instead of getting a "proper job" proves to be rather more dangerous and revealing than he intended.

Starring Paul McCrink as cartoonist Steven Appleby who takes an abnormal look at everyday life.

Steven.... Paul McCrink
Mum.... Rosalind Paul
Mr Two.... Ewan Bailey
Dad.... Nigel Betts
Lauren.... Rachel Atkins
Steven Appleby.... As Himself

Other parts played by the cast.

Written by Steven Appleby

Producer: Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2002.

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Everyday insights from the cartoonist, who asks where reality ends and fantasy begins.

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

Everyday insights from the cartoonist, who asks where reality ends and fantasy begins. Stars Paul McCrink. From February 2003.

This week he is only mildly surprised to be identified as the Earth's supreme being by alien civilizations throughout the universebut where does reality end and fantasy begin?

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The cartoonist claims dinosaurs mastered the 3Rs - reading, writing and riding bicycles.

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

The cartoonist claims dinosaurs mastered the 3Rs - reading, writing and riding bicycles. Stars Paul McCrink. From February 2003.

Cartoonist Steven Appleby proves that creatures from the age of the dinosaur had mastered the skills of reading, writing and riding bicycles.

2/6. Normal Time

Steven Appleby continues his cartoonesque examination of everyday life. This week Steven proves once and for all that creatures from the age of the dinosaur had mastered the three Rs - reading, writing and riding bicycles.

With Paul McCrink as Steven Appleby and featuring Rachel Atkins, Ewan Bailey, Nigel Betts and Rosalind Paul.

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The cartoonist searches for the secret meaning of life, said to be written on a sausage.

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

The cartoonist searches for the secret meaning of life, said to be written on a sausage. Stars Paul McCrink. From March 2003.

This week Steven goes in search of the secret meaning of life, said to be written on the skin of a silver sausage which only exists in a dream.

3/6. Normal Sleep

This week Steven goes in search of the secret meaning of life, said to be written on the skin of a silver sausagewhich only exists in a dream. With Paul McCrink as Steven Appleby and featuring Rachel Atkins, Ewan Bailey, Nigel Betts and Rosalind Paul.

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The cartoonist has a very removing experience when an expert de-clutters his house.

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

The cartoonist has a very removing experience when an expert de-clutters his house. Stars Paul McCrink. From March 2003.

Cartoonist Steven Appleby's house contains too much clutter.

Expert help is needed - or is it?

This week Steven employs an expert to de-clutter his house.

After what follows, your relationship with your furniture may never be the same again.

The cartoonist has a very removing experience, when an expert de-clutters his house. Stars Paul McCrink. From March 2003.

The cartoonist has a very removing experience, when an expert de-clutters his house.

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The cartoonist wades into the world under the sea, and gets intimate with a haddock.

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

Steven wades enthusiastically into the world under the sea.

His increasingly desperate efforts to remain there are in no way connected to an unusually intimate encounter with a haddock.

The cartoonist wades into the world under the sea, and gets intimate with a haddock. Stars Paul McCrink. From March 2003.

The cartoonist wades into the world under the sea - and gets intimate with a haddock. Stars Paul McCrink. From March 2003.

5/6. Normal Oceanography

Steven wades enthusiastically into the world under the sea. His increasingly desperate efforts to remain there are in no way connected to an unusually intimate encounter with a haddock. With Paul McCrink as Steven Appleby and featuring Rachel Atkins, Ewan Bailey, Nigel Betts and Rosalind Paul.

Cartoonist Steven wades into the world under the sea and gets intimate with a haddock.

Paul McCrink stars as Steven Appleby with what he laughably describes as ‘insights into normal, everyday life.’

With:

Rosalind Paul
Ewan Bailey
Nigel Betts
Rachel Atkins

Written by Steven Appleby

Producer: Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003.

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

0205Normal Oceanography20171030The cartoonist wades into the world under the sea, and gets intimate with a haddock.
0206Normal Truth2003032620201225 (BBC7)Cartoonist Steven boldly tells the truth to end this series.

A less-than-wise career move

Paul McCrink stars as Steven Appleby with what he laughably describes as ‘insights into normal, everyday life.’

With:

Rosalind Paul
Ewan Bailey
Nigel Betts
Rachel Atkins

Written by Steven Appleby

Producer: Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003.

The cartoonist boldly tells the truth to end his series. A less-than-wise career move?

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

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The cartoonist boldly tells the truth to end his series - a less-than-wise career move? Stars Paul McCrink. From March 2003.

The cartoonist boldly tells the truth to end his series - a less than wise career move? Stars Paul McCrink.

This week Steven bravely decides to depart from his usual format and end the series by telling the truth.

This proves to be a less than wise career move.

6/6. Normal Truth

This week Steven bravely decides to depart from his usual format and end the series by telling the truth. This proves to be a less than wise career move.

With Paul McCrink as Steven Appleby and featuring Rachel Atkins, Ewan Bailey, Nigel Betts and Rosalind Paul.

Directed by Toby Swift.

The cartoonist boldly tells the truth to end his series. A less-than-wise career move?

Distinctly not normal insights from the absurdist cartoonist. Starring Paul McCrink.

The cartoonist boldly tells the truth to end his series - a less than wise career move? Stars Paul McCrink. From March 2003.

The cartoonist boldly tells the truth to end his series - a less than wise career move?

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The cartoonist boldly tells the truth to end his series - a less-than-wise career move? Stars Paul McCrink. From March 2003.
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A Christmas special of Steven Appleby's Normal Life, in which Steven meets Father Christmas and his unfaithful wife, and finds out about legal problems regarding the toys the elves make.

A twisted, comic take on yuletide sees the cartoonist replacing Santa for festive fun.

With Ewan Bailey.

From December 2004.