Susan Calman - Keep Calman Carry On

Keep Calman Carry On is an audience stand up show in which Susan reports on how successful she's been - both at relaxing and at the pursuit itself - as well as playing in and discussing a handful of illustrative clips from her efforts. It's an attempt to find out how people find solace or sanctuary in these worlds and how Susan can negotiate her own place in them.

Episodes

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20160225 (BBC7)Susan Calman tries to learn how to unwind, by going hill walking with Muriel Gray.'
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'''SUSAN CALMAN is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Grand Theft Auto, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday last year. Her first for four years. But she's been told by the same long-suffering wife, that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old SUSAN CALMAN and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit; Susan Calman tries to unwind by watching cricket with Andy Zaltzman.

Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Grand Theft Auto, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday last year. Her first for four years. But she's been told by the same long-suffering wife, that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old Susan Calman and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit; this week she goes to a cricket match with Andy Zaltzman, and in other episodes goes hillwalking with Muriel Gray, has a spontaneous holiday with John Finnemore and enjoys an art gallery with Phill Jupitus.

this week she goes to a cricket match with ANDY ZALTZMAN, and in other episodes goes hillwalking with MURIEL GRAY, has a spontaneous holiday with JOHN FINNEMORE and enjoys an art gallery with PHILL JUPITUS.

Produced by LYNDSAY FENNER.

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old SUSAN CALMAN and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit; this week she goes hillwalking with MURIEL GRAY, and in later episodes will watch cricket with ANDY ZALTZMAN, have a spontaneous holiday with JOHN FINNEMORE and enjoy an art gallery with Phil Jupitus.

'''''''SUSAN CALMAN is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Grand Theft Auto, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday last year. Her first for four years. But she's been told by the same long-suffering wife, that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

'Susan Calman tries to unwind by watching cricket with Andy Zaltzman.

SUSAN CALMAN tries to unwind by watching cricket with ANDY ZALTZMAN.

'''Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Grand Theft Auto, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday last year. Her first for four years. But she's been told by the same long-suffering wife, that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old Susan Calman and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit; this week she goes hillwalking with Muriel Gray, and in later episodes will watch cricket with Andy Zaltzman, have a spontaneous holiday with John Finnemore and enjoy an art gallery with Phil Jupitus.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.'

'''''''Susan Calman tries to unwind by watching cricket with Andy Zaltzman.

''''''''

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For the first attempt, Susan tries to learn how to unwind, by going hillwalking with MURIEL GRAY.

Producer: LYNDSAY FENNER.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2016.

SUSAN CALMAN tries to learn how to unwind, by going hillwalking with MURIEL GRAY.

SUSAN CALMAN tries to unwind by attempting pursuits her friends find relaxing.

'''''''Susan Calman tries to learn how to unwind, by going hillwalking with Muriel Gray.'''''''

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This time, in a typically British leisure pursuit; Susan goes to a cricket match with ANDY ZALTZMAN.

Producer: LYNDSAY FENNER.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2016.

SUSAN CALMAN tries to unwind by watching cricket with ANDY ZALTZMAN.

SUSAN CALMAN tries to unwind by attempting pursuits her friends find relaxing.

0102Hillwalking With Muriel Gray2016022520171016'''

'''Susan Calman tries to learn how to unwind, by going hillwalking with Muriel Gray.

'SUSAN CALMAN tries to learn how to unwind, by going hillwalking with MURIEL GRAY

'''Susan Calman tries to learn how to unwind, by going hill walking with Muriel Gray.

'Susan Calman tries to learn how to unwind, by going hill walking with Muriel Gray.'

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'''

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old SUSAN CALMAN and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit.

This time JOHN FINNEMORE takes her on a spontaneous holiday.

Producer: LYNDSAY FENNER.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.

JOHN FINNEMORE takes SUSAN CALMAN on a spontaneous holiday to help her learn to unwind.

SUSAN CALMAN tries to unwind by attempting pursuits her friends find relaxing.

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old SUSAN CALMAN and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit; this week JOHN FINNEMORE takes her on a spontaneous holiday, and in other episodes she goes hillwalking with MURIEL GRAY, watches a cricket match with ANDY ZALTZMAN and visits an art gallery with Phil Jupitus.

Produced by LYNDSAY FENNER.

'''John Finnemore takes Susan Calman on a spontaneous holiday to help her learn to unwind.

Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Grand Theft Auto, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday last year. Her first for four years. But she's been told by the same long-suffering wife, that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old Susan Calman and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit; this week John Finnemore takes her on a spontaneous holiday, and in other episodes she goes hillwalking with Muriel Gray, watches a cricket match with Andy Zaltzman and visits an art gallery with Phil Jupitus.

'this week JOHN FINNEMORE takes her on a spontaneous holiday, and in other episodes she goes hillwalking with MURIEL GRAY, watches a cricket match with ANDY ZALTZMAN and visits an art gallery with Phil Jupitus.

'''Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Grand Theft Auto, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday last year. Her first for four years. But she's been told by the same long-suffering wife, that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.'

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'Susan Calman tries to unwind by visiting an art gallery with Phill Jupitus.

Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Grand Theft Auto, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday last year. Her first for four years. But she's been told by the same long-suffering wife, that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old Susan Calman and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit; this week she visits the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with Phill Jupitus, and in other episodes goes hillwalking with Muriel Gray, watches a cricket match with Andy Zaltzman and takes a spontaneous holiday with John Finnemore.

''

'''Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Grand Theft Auto, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday last year. Her first for four years. But she's been told by the same long-suffering wife, that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

''''

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old Susan Calman and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit.

This time, she visits the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with Phill Jupitus.

Producer: Lyndsay Fenner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.

Susan Calman tries to unwind by attempting pursuits her friends find relaxing.

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old SUSAN CALMAN and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit; this week she visits the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with PHILL JUPITUS, and in other episodes goes hillwalking with MURIEL GRAY, watches a cricket match with ANDY ZALTZMAN and takes a spontaneous holiday with JOHN FINNEMORE.

Produced by LYNDSAY FENNER.

SUSAN CALMAN tries to unwind by visiting an art gallery with PHILL JUPITUS.

SUSAN CALMAN tries to unwind by attempting pursuits her friends find relaxing.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.'

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Susan Calman tries to learn how to unwind, by learning about gardening from Val McDermid.

This week she takes a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh to learn about Gardening with Val McDermid, in the hope of one day being able to tell her Euphorbia from Euphoria.

In other episodes Susan will go to a music festival with Robin Ince, try her hand at baking with Selasi Gbmormittah and have a go at birdwatching with Emma Kennedy.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner. A BBC Studios Production.

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Susan Calman tries to unwind by attempting pursuits her friends find relaxing.

''''

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.''''

Written by Susan Calman and Jon Hunter.

In her first series, she attempted to ditch the old Susan Calman and attempted to find the new Susan Calm, by watching Cricket; going Hillwalking; visiting an Art Gallery and being spontaneous. She enjoyed these pursuits, but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she's trying again.

For starters, she’s taking a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh to learn about Gardening with Val McDermid, in the hope of one day being able to tell her Euphorbia from Euphoria.

Producer: Lyndsay Fenner

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''''

In the first series of this show she attempted to ditch the old Susan Calman and attempted to find the new Susan Calm, by watching Cricket; going Hillwalking; visiting an Art Gallery and being spontaneous. She enjoyed these pursuits, but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she's trying again. This week she takes a trip to the Latitude Festival with Robin Ince, to try and understand why all her friends think a weekend of noisy camping is a relaxing way to spend their time.

In other episodes Susan will learn about gardening with Val McDermid, try her hand at baking with Selasi Gbmormittah and have a go at birdwatching with Emma Kennedy.

Written by Susan Calman and Jon Hunter.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.''''

SUSAN CALMAN is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to sit on her sofa playing Assassin's Creed, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday, and she's been told by the same long-suffering wife that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

Susan decided her best bet was to try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. In the first series of this show she attempted to ditch the old SUSAN CALMAN and attempted to find the new Susan Calm, by watching Cricket; going Hillwalking; visiting an Art Gallery and being spontaneous. She enjoyed these pursuits, but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she's trying again. This week she takes a trip to the Latitude Festival with ROBIN INCE, to try and understand why all her friends think a weekend of noisy camping is a relaxing way to spend their time.

In other episodes Susan will learn about gardening with Val McDermid, try her hand at baking with Selasi Gbmormittah and have a go at birdwatching with EMMA KENNEDY.

Written by SUSAN CALMAN and JON HUNTER.

Produced by LYNDSAY FENNER.

A BBC Studios Production.

SUSAN CALMAN tries to learn how to unwind, by visiting a music festival with ROBIN INCE.

SUSAN CALMAN tries to unwind by attempting pursuits her friends find relaxing.

Susan decided her best bet was to try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. In the first series of this show she attempted to ditch the old Susan Calman and attempted to find the new Susan Calm, by watching Cricket; going Hillwalking; visiting an Art Gallery and being spontaneous. She enjoyed these pursuits, but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she's trying again. This week she takes a trip to the Latitude Festival with Robin Ince, to try and understand why all her friends think a weekend of noisy camping is a relaxing way to spend their time.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.

Susan Calman tries to learn how to unwind, by visiting a music festival with Robin Ince.

Susan Calman tries to unwind by attempting pursuits her friends find relaxing.

'Susan Calman tries to learn how to unwind, by visiting a music festival with Robin Ince.

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Stand-up show. SUSAN CALMAN tries to relax by learning to bake with Selasi Gbormittah.

Susan decided her best bet was to try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. In the first series of this show she attempted to ditch the old SUSAN CALMAN and attempted to find the new Susan Calm, by watching Cricket; going Hillwalking; visiting an Art Gallery and being spontaneous. She enjoyed these pursuits, but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she's trying again. This week she learns how to bake with Great British Bake Off star Selasi Gbormittah.

In other episodes Susan will learn about gardening with Val McDermid, go to a music festival with ROBIN INCE and try birdwatching with EMMA KENNEDY.

Written by SUSAN CALMAN and JON HUNTER.

A BBC Studios Production.

''''

SUSAN CALMAN tries to unwind by attempting pursuits her friends find relaxing.

SUSAN CALMAN is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to sit on her sofa playing Assassin's Creed, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday, and she's been told by the same long-suffering wife that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable. Susan decided her best bet was to try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. In the first series of this show she attempted to ditch the old SUSAN CALMAN and attempted to find the new Susan Calm, by watching Cricket; going Hillwalking; visiting an Art Gallery and being spontaneous. She enjoyed these pursuits, but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she's trying again. This week she learns how to bake with Great British Bake Off star Selasi Gbormittah. In other episodes Susan will learn about gardening with Val McDermid, go to a music festival with ROBIN INCE and try birdwatching with EMMA KENNEDY. Keep Calman Carry On is an audience stand up show in which Susan reports on how successful she's been - both at relaxing and at the pursuit itself - as well as playing in and discussing a handful of illustrative clips from her efforts. It's an attempt to find out how people find solace or sanctuary in these worlds and how Susan can negotiate her own place in them. Written by SUSAN CALMAN and JON HUNTER.

Produced by LYNDSAY FENNER.

A BBC Studios Production. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.

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Stand-up comedian Susan Calman tries to relax by going birdwatching with Emma Kennedy.

This week she goes birdwatching with the writer and comedian Emma Kennedy.

In other episodes Susan will learn about gardening with Val McDermid, go to a music festival with Robin Ince and try baking with the Great British Bake Off's Selasi Gbormittah.

Written by Susan Calman and Jon Hunter.

A BBC Studios Production.

''''

Susan Calman tries to unwind by attempting pursuits her friends find relaxing.

Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to sit on her sofa playing Assassin's Creed, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday, and she's been told by the same long-suffering wife that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable. Susan decided her best bet was to try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. In the first series of this show she attempted to ditch the old Susan Calman and attempted to find the new Susan Calm, by watching Cricket; going Hillwalking; visiting an Art Gallery and being spontaneous. She enjoyed these pursuits, but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she's trying again. This week she goes birdwatching with the writer and comedian Emma Kennedy. In other episodes Susan will learn about gardening with Val McDermid, go to a music festival with Robin Ince and try baking with the Great British Bake Off's Selasi Gbormittah. Keep Calman Carry On is an audience stand up show in which Susan reports on how successful she's been - both at relaxing and at the pursuit itself - as well as playing in and discussing a handful of illustrative clips from her efforts. It's an attempt to find out how people find solace or sanctuary in these worlds and how Susan can negotiate her own place in them. Written by Susan Calman and Jon Hunter.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.

A BBC Studios Production. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.

Stand-up comedian Susan Calman tries to relax by going birdwatching with Emma Kennedy.

Susan Calman tries to unwind by attempting pursuits her friends find relaxing.