Steven Appleby's Normal Life

Cartoonist Steven Appleby takes an abnormal look at everyday life.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

In His First Comedy Series For Radio, Cartoonist Steven Appleby Shares Some Personal Thoughts On Everyday Life20040820 BT=0515 (BBC7)

the 21st century.

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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...

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

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

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Cartoonist Steven Appleby takes an abnormal look at everyday life. 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 sets out to prove that science will eventually make the natural world, humans included, entirely redundant. Episode 4 of 5.

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

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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.

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

01Normal Love20090327 BT=0330 (BBC7)

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

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02Normal Kids20090403 BT=0330 (BBC7)

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

03Normal Death
03Normal Death

04Normal Science
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01Normal Work2001091220110624 (BBC7)
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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.

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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.

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

Stars Paul McCrink.

From August 2001.

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.

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

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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

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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.

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

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20121209 (BBC7)
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20151219 (BBC7)
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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.

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

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

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

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.

0106Normal Work2001091220110624 (BBC7)
20160102 (BBC7)
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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.

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

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. Stars Paul McCrink. From February 2003.

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.

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

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

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.

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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.

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.

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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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0205Normal Oceanography20110729 (BBC7)

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.

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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.

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

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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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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.

From March 2003.

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

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.

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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?

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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.