What's Funny About

Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman hear the inside story of Britain's biggest TV comedies.

Episodes

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01The Vicar Of Dibley20200513Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman talk to Dawn French and Richard Curtis about Dibley.
02The Thick Of It20200520Peter Fincham & Jon Plowman hear the inside story of Britain's biggest TV comedies.
03Absolutely Fabulous20200527
04Blackadder20200603Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman talk to John Lloyd and Sir Tony Robinson about Blackadder.

TV veterans Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman talk to the writers, producers, and performers behind Britain’s biggest TV comedy hits, and hear the inside story of how they brought their programmes to the screen.

In this episode, Peter and Jon talk to John Lloyd and Sir Tony Robinson about the modern comedy masterpiece that is Blackadder. They discuss the endless problems they had when making the first series ("the show that looked a million dollars and cost a million pounds”), and the importance of failure. They also open up about the tensions amongst the team, the “ladder of stupidity” in Blackadder’s world, and the real story behind that famous final scene.

With Peter and Jon as our guides, we’ll take the opportunity to ask quite how they went about making a great bit of TV comedy? Who came up with it? How did it get written? We’ll talk about the commissioning, the casting, and the reception the show received when it first aired.

We’ll do our very best to winkle out some backstage secrets straight from the horse’s mouth, as we hear the unvarnished truth from the people who were there, and who put these iconic shows on the telly.

Original Blackadder clips written by:

Richard Curtis
Ben Elton

Producer: Owen Braben

An Expectation production made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman talk to John Lloyd and Sir Tony Robinson about Blackadder.

05Goodness Gracious Me20200610
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