Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme

Episodes

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0101Family2012022220190423 (BBC7)Tim ruminates on the meaning of 'family' via his narrative poem The Godfather.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0102Death2012022920190430 (BBC7)In the second in the series, Tim Key takes on the biggest imponderable of them all - death - via his narrative poem: The Boy Who Faked His Own Death. Musical accompaniment is provided by Tom Basden.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden

Produced by James Robinson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.

Tim attempts to get to the bottom of 'death' via his poem, The Boy Who Faked His Own Death

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0103Chance2012030720190507 (BBC7)Tim Key takes a comic look at the concept of chance through the medium of his poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0104Superstition2012031420190514 (BBC7)The comic poet considers the concept of superstition via another of his poetic works.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0105Egypt2012032120190521 (BBC7)Tim Key takes a comic look at the notion of 'Egypt' through the medium of poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0106 LASTWork2012032820190528 (BBC7)In the last of the series, Tim's laid on a final episode treat: A professional musician will accompany him as he tackles the thorny issue of 'work'. Tom Basden is also present.

Written and presented by Tim Key

With Tom Basden & Isy Suttie

Producer: James Robinson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2012.

Tim explores the meaning of 'work' through the medium of poetry. With Tom Basden.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2012.

0201Science2014010820201120 (BBC7)
20160330 (R4)
Tim Key takes a comic look at the thorny issue of science, through the medium of poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

In the first of a new series, Tim Key grapples with the concept of science by telling the story of Keith Lewis's Monster. He also has plans for a very special scientific experiment. Musical accompaniment is provided by Tom Basden.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden

Produced by James Robinson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2014.

0202Magic2014011520201127 (BBC7)
20160406 (R4)
Comedian Tim Key gets interested in magic, to the detriment of his poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

This week comic poet Tim Key jettisons his poems in favour of magic. He is assisted by a glamorous assistant in a sequin dress called Emerald, much to the annoyance of his guitarist Tom Basden.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden and Diane Morgan

Produced by James Robinson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2014.

0203Medicine2014012220201204 (BBC7)
20160413 (R4)
Tim Key takes a comic look at the thorny issue of medicine, through the medium of poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0204Survival2014012920201211 (BBC7)
20160420 (R4)
Tim Key takes a comic look at the subject of survival, through the medium of poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0205Music2014020520201218 (BBC7)
20160427 (R4)
Comedian Tim Key explores the concept of music with a poem about an ambitous songbird called Patrick. Tom Basden attempts to accompany the poet, but Tim threatens to hire a proper musician.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden, Katy Wix and Diane Morgan

Produced by James Robinson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2014.

Tim Key takes a comic look at the subject of music, through the medium of poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

Comedian Tim Key explores the concept of music with a poem about an ambitious songbird called Patrick.

Tom Basden attempts to accompany the poet, but Tim threatens to hire a proper musician.

Written and presented by Tim Key

With Tom Basden, Katy Wix and Diane Morgan

Producer: James Robinson

Tim Key takes a comic look at the subject of music, through the medium of poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0206 LASTStag2014021220201225 (BBC7)
20160504 (R4)
Tim Key holds an impromptu stag party for his guitarist Tom Basden.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

It's the night before the wedding of Tim Key's guitarist - Tom Basden. So Tim is presenting the show from an outside broadcast van in Cheam. He's determined to give 'Lord' a stag night he'll never forget. But Lord is not so sure.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden and Michael Bertenshaw

Produced by James Robinson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2014.

Tim Key holds an impromptu stag party for his guitarist Tom Basden.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

It's the night before the wedding of Tim Key's guitarist - Tom Basden.

Written and presented by Tim Key.

With Tom Basden and Michael Bertenshaw

Producer: James Robinson

0301Love2015021820210218 (BBC7)
20210220 (BBC7)
20210221 (BBC7)
20170125 (R4)
Tim Key takes a comic look at the age-old issue of love, through the medium of poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

In the first of a series, Tim Key grapples with the concept of love by telling the story of one man's romance with a beautiful cashier. Musical accompaniment is provided by Tom Basden.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden and Katy Wix

Produced by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production

The Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian returns for a third series of his Late Night Poetry Programme. Since series two Tim has been busy touring his latest acclaimed live show, Single White Slut, thrilling audiences at the Old Vic in Daniel Kitson's Tree, as well as filming movies such as Steve Coogan's Alpha Papa and Richard Ayoade's The Double. But now he's back on late night Radio 4 doing what he does best - attempting to recite poetry whilst tormenting his friend and musician, the equally brilliant Tom Basden.

Praise for Tim Key

"...You never know when Key will suddenly toss you a fantastic joke or startlingly well-constructed line." Radio Times

"The show... has a kind of artistry and strange beauty that makes it unlike any other hour of stand-up you are likely to see." The Observer

"In any other sphere apart from comedy, we'd probably class this way of looking at the world as certifiable. Here it feels like genius." The Telegraph.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.

0302Dating2015022520210225 (BBC7)
20170201 (R4)
Tim Key takes a comic look at dating, through the medium of poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

Tim Key is on a date. He's attempting to woo Anne White, while grappling with the concept of dating through the medium of his poetry. Musical accompaniment is provided by Tom Basden.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden and Ellie White

Produced by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.

0303Cookery2015030420210304 (BBC7)
20170208 (R4)
This week the comic poet has left the studio for the kitchen, as he peers into 'Tim's shopping bag' and attempts to cook up a feast. He is assisted by his guitarist and commis chef, Tom Basden.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden and Yasmine Akram

Produced by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production

The Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian returns for a third series of his Late Night Poetry Programme. Since series two Tim has been busy touring his latest acclaimed live show, Single White Slut, thrilling audiences at the Old Vic in Daniel Kitson's Tree, as well as filming movies such as Steve Coogan's Alpha Papa and Richard Ayoade's The Double. But now he's back on late night Radio 4 doing what he does best - attempting to recite poetry whilst tormenting his friend and musician, the equally brilliant Tom Basden.

Praise for Tim Key

"...You never know when Key will suddenly toss you a fantastic joke or startlingly well-constructed line." Radio Times

"The show... has a kind of artistry and strange beauty that makes it unlike any other hour of stand-up you are likely to see." The Observer

"In any other sphere apart from comedy, we'd probably class this way of looking at the world as certifiable. Here it feels like genius." The Telegraph.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2015.

Comic poet Tim Key tackles the ancient art of cookery.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0304Space2015031120210311 (BBC7)
20170215 (R4)
This week Tim Key is broadcasting from a space simulator in St Albans, while grappling with the concept of space through the medium of his poetry. Musical accompaniment is provided by Tom Basden.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden and Yasmine Akram

Produced by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

Tim Key takes a comic look at the concept of space through the medium of poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0305Sleep2015031820210318 (BBC7)
20170222 (R4)
The concept of sleep is the focus of this week's episode, and Tim is broadcasting from the bedroom of his long-suffering guitarist, Tom Basden. Tim hopes Tom's wife Megan will wake up, so he can interview her about her dreams.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden and Katy Wix

Produced by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

Tim Key takes a comic look at the concept of sleep, through the medium of poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0306 LASTHorror2015032520170301 (R4)Tim Key takes a comic look at the concept of horror, through the medium of poetry.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0401Continuity20180220By Tim Key

In the first of a new series, misunderstandings, Siberian waitresses and a surprising new love interest come thick and fast as Tim Key takes a comic look at the concept of the unobtainable. With musical support from Tom Basden.

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production

The Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian returns for a fourth series of his Late Night Poetry Programme. Currently performing his latest critically acclaimed solo show 'Megadate', Tim Key is never far from stage and screen - from Peep Show to Alpha Papa. But now he's back on late night Radio 4 doing what he does best - attempting to recite poetry whilst tormenting his friend and musician, the equally brilliant Tom Basden.

Praise for Tim Key

"...You never know when Key will suddenly toss you a fantastic joke or startlingly well-constructed line." Radio Times

"The show... has a kind of artistry and strange beauty that makes it unlike any other hour of stand-up you are likely to see." The Observer

"In any other sphere apart from comedy, we'd probably class this way of looking at the world as certifiable. Here it feels like genius." The Telegraph.

Tim Key takes a comic look at the concept of the unobtainable. With Tom Basden.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0402Cuisine20180227By Tim Key

Tim Key takes a comic look at the concept of cuisine, while indulging in a tasting menu at the top of the Shard in London. Tom Basden has the night off, so Tim is dining with a very special guest.

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production

The Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian returns for a fourth series of his Late Night Poetry Programme. Currently performing his latest critically acclaimed solo show 'Megadate', Tim Key is never far from stage and screen - from Peep Show to Alpha Papa. But now he's back on late night Radio 4 doing what he does best - attempting to recite poetry whilst tormenting his friend and musician, the equally brilliant Tom Basden.

Praise for Tim Key

"...You never know when Key will suddenly toss you a fantastic joke or startlingly well-constructed line." Radio Times

"The show... has a kind of artistry and strange beauty that makes it unlike any other hour of stand-up you are likely to see." The Observer

"In any other sphere apart from comedy, we'd probably class this way of looking at the world as certifiable. Here it feels like genius." The Telegraph.

Tim Key is at the top of the Shard, taking a comic look at the concept of cuisine.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0403Under The Stars20180306By Tim Key

Comic poet Tim Key is on a double-date, on a houseboat in Hertfordshire. He has a well-planned itinerary for a romantic evening under the stars, but his date has other ideas. Tom Basden provides musical accompaniment to the poetry, while his wife Megan attempts to catch dinner.

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production

The Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian returns for a fourth series of his Late Night Poetry Programme. Currently performing his latest critically acclaimed solo show 'Megadate', Tim Key is never far from stage and screen - from Peep Show to Alpha Papa. But now he's back on late night Radio 4 doing what he does best - attempting to recite poetry whilst tormenting his friend and musician, the equally brilliant Tom Basden.

Praise for Tim Key

"...You never know when Key will suddenly toss you a fantastic joke or startlingly well-constructed line." Radio Times

"The show... has a kind of artistry and strange beauty that makes it unlike any other hour of stand-up you are likely to see." The Observer

"In any other sphere apart from comedy, we'd probably class this way of looking at the world as certifiable. Here it feels like genius." The Telegraph.

Comic poet Tim Key is attempting to find love, while broadcasting from a houseboat.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0404 LASTCars20180313By Tim Key

Comic poet Tim Key is broadcasting from a car, as he drives his friend and musician, Tom Basden, to meet his wife for a romantic getaway. But when they pick up a mysterious hitchhiker the plans begin to unravel.

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production

The Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian returns for a fourth series of his Late Night Poetry Programme. Currently performing his latest critically acclaimed solo show 'Megadate', Tim Key is never far from stage and screen - from Peep Show to Alpha Papa. But now he's back on late night Radio 4 doing what he does best - attempting to recite poetry whilst tormenting his friend and musician, the equally brilliant Tom Basden.

Praise for Tim Key

"...You never know when Key will suddenly toss you a fantastic joke or startlingly well-constructed line." Radio Times

"The show... has a kind of artistry and strange beauty that makes it unlike any other hour of stand-up you are likely to see." The Observer

"In any other sphere apart from comedy, we'd probably class this way of looking at the world as certifiable. Here it feels like genius." The Telegraph.

Tim Key and his friend and musician Tom Basden pick up a hitchhiker.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0501Accountancy20200318By Tim Key

In the first of a new series of the anarchic comedy, Tim Key plans to recite poetry high above the Norwegian fjords. But his cable car has broken down and, worse, his accountant is on his trail.

Key…. Tim Key
Lord…. Tom Basden
Megan…. Katy Wix
Jiffy…. Mike Wozniak

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production

Comedy. Tim Key's back with a new series. With Tom Basden, Katy Wix and Mike Wozniak.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0502Rome20200325By Tim Key

Comedy. Tim Key broadcasts live from his trailer in Rome, where he’s shooting a film directed by the legendary Sir Hayden Higgins. With Tom Basden, Katy Wix, Miles Jupp and Carlotta Morelli.

Key…. Tim Key
Lord…. Tom Basden
Megan…. Katy Wix
Sir Hayden…. Miles Jupp
Pamela…. Carlotta Morelli

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production

Comedy. Tim Key's shooting a movie in Rome. With Tom Basden and Katy Wix.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0503Bunny20200401By Tim Key

Comedy. Tim Key broadcasts live from deep within Skuzzler’s Bell, a cave network in Austria. It’s the sight of an infamous expedition made some 40-odd years ago by Tim’s father. But the water’s rising, there’s no obvious means to escape and in the darkness, someone is waiting to take revenge. With Tom Basden, Katy Wix and Karl Johnson.

Key…. Tim Key
Lord…. Tom Basden
Megan…. Katy Wix
Bunny…. Karl Johnson

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production

Comedy. Tim Key broadcasts from deep within a cave in Austria. With Tom Basden & Katy Wix.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week

0504 LASTLabour20200408By Tim Key

Comedy. Megan has gone into labour and Tim is valiantly ploughing on with the radio show, broadcasting her contractions for all to hear. All except Lord, that is, who looks set to miss the birth of his first child, as he’s trapped in an escape room.

Key…. Tim Key
Lord…. Tom Basden
Megan…. Katy Wix
Bogle…. Bridget Christie

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production

Comedy. Tim Key broadcasts live from the birth of Lord and Megan's first child.

Tim Key presents a selection of poems that explore a different theme each week