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Katherine

Katherine YANCO, Australia Listener Since 2008
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  • "Just plain enjoyable."

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    Oscar Wilde's works are always fun to listen to, and this dramatised version is no exception. Relax and enjoy his witty take on society.

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    A Woman of No Importance

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Mathis, Rosalind Ayres, and others
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    Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the "best" houses, while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating drawing-room comedy, Oscar Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society's narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans.

    Cheryl says: "Pitch Perfect Performance"
  • "As bubbly as champagne"

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    A light look at life with the "Bright Young Things" although our hero is older than he wishes to be. Nothing to test the brain cells here, just an enjoyable listen.

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    Present Laughter

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Ian Ogilvy, Christina Pickles, Carolyn Seymour, and others
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    A galaxy of friends, lovers, relatives and theatre acolytes sparkles around stage star Garry Essendine like bubbles in fine champagne. While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love-struck ingenue, an adulterous producer, and a married seductress - not to mention Garry's estranged wife, Liz, and the memorable Roland Maule, an aspiring playwright who is quite, quite mad.

    Katherine says: "As bubbly as champagne"
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  • "Dry, very dry!"

    5 of 5 helpful votes

    Love it - made me laugh so much I was as out of breath as "an asthmatic ant carrying a very large bag of shopping." If you like dry English humour, you will enjoy Blackadder. Doesn't lose a thing just being audio rather than the original TV show.

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    Blackadder Goes Forth

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
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    With a ya boo sucks to you fritzy, hot tiddly tumble, it's off to Western Front 1917. Captain Blackadder, hero of Mboto Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive.

    Marc says: "Very good Audioproduction of a TV show"

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  • 4.8 (28 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 3  by BBC Worldwide Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 3

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By BBC Worldwide
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
    Overall
    (28)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    Sorry I Haven't a Clue has Radio Four's highest listening figures for light entertainment and won the 1998 Voice of the Listener and Viewer for top radio show.

  • 4.8 (26 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 6  by BBC Worldwide Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 6

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By BBC Worldwide
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    (12)
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    Another helping of inspired ad-libbery from the multi award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.

    Linda says: "Unbeatable comedy!"
  • 4.8 (24 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 4   Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 4

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    (24)
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    (9)
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    (8)

    Sorry I Haven't a Clue has Radio Four's highest listening figures for light entertainment and won the 1998 Voice of the Listener and Viewer for top radio show.

    Linda says: "I'm sorry I haven't a clue (4)"
  • 4.8 (19 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 7  by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden, Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 7

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden,
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    (8)
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    (9)

    Another helping of inspired ad-libbery from the multi award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.

    Linda says: "How do they do it? Hysterically funny."
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  • 4.8 (12 ratings)
    Dad's Army, Volume 2: Command Decision  by Jimmy Perry, David Croft Narrated by Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn

    Dad's Army, Volume 2: Command Decision

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Jimmy Perry, David Croft
    • Narrated By Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn
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    From the annals of wartime Britain come four brilliantly funny episodes with Captain Mainwaring's fully trained Home Guard platoon, ever ready to strike terror into the heart of the Wehrmacht from their unit in Walmington-on-Sea. Always prepared to fight to the finish, this endearing team of characters are at their incompetent best in these wonderfully entertaining adventures specially adapted for radio.

  • 4.3 (120 ratings)
    Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat  by John Cleese, Connie Booth Narrated by John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Full Cast

    Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
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    (34)
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    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Greatest !"
  • 4.5 (100 ratings)
    Blackadder II  by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton Narrated by Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast

    Blackadder II

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
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    England 1558-1603. The filthy genes of the Blackadder dynasty bubble to the surface of history's melting pot as Lord Edmund, arrogant peer-about-town, swaggers with a big head and small beard in search of grace and favour from the stark raving mad Queen Bess.

    Gwendolyn says: "Hilarious as always"
  • Blithe Spirit  by Noel Coward Narrated by Rosalind Ayres, Shirley Knight, Judy Geeson, Ian Ogilvy

    Blithe Spirit

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Shirley Knight, Judy Geeson, and others
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    (32)
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    (22)
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    (23)

    This classic comedy is set in the charming country home of Charles Condomine, a remarried widower. A witty and convivial evening party among friends is transformed when a seance conjures the ghost of Elvira, Charles' first wife, who delights in wreaking havoc among the living. An enchanting Coward comedy!

    Rebecca says: "Be careful what you wish for"
  • Blackadder Goes Forth: The Last of the Classic Comedy Series  by Richard Curtis Narrated by Rowan Atkinson, Nigel Hawthorn, Full Cast

    Blackadder Goes Forth: The Last of the Classic Comedy Series

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Nigel Hawthorn, Full Cast
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    Six BBC TV episodes starring Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Tony Robinson. With a “ya boo sucks” to you Fritzy, hot tiddly tumble - it’s off to the Western Front, 1917. Captain Blackadder, hero of Mboto Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive. Now he finds himself crammed into a sewer, 20 yards from a lot of heavily armed people who want to kill him.

  • Something Fresh (






UNABRIDGED) by P. G. Wodehouse Narrated by Jonathan Cecil

    Something Fresh

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
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    The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion there are two of them--both intent on a dangerous enterprise.

    Beverly says: "So That's Where "Upstairs, Downstairs" Came From!"
  • The Museum of Curiosity: The Complete Gallery 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan Schreiber, Richard Turner Narrated by Bill Bailey, John Lloyd

    The Museum of Curiosity: The Complete Gallery 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dan Schreiber, Richard Turner
    • Narrated By Bill Bailey, John Lloyd
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    (18)
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    The Museum of Curiosity is BBC Radio 4's monumental comedy edifice, and the only one with gargoyles in the foyer. It allows nothing inside unless it makes you scratch your head, stroke your chin or, at the very least, go 'Hmm'. Secondly, it is almost completely empty. Fortunately, helping to fill its vacant plinths is a gathering of the world's most original minds.

    J P says: "A fun listen that makes you think"
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  • Private Lives: An Intimate Comedy  by Noel Coward Narrated by Rosalind Ayres, Marnie Mosiman, Ian Ogilvy, Kristoffer Tabori, Begonya Piazza

    Private Lives: An Intimate Comedy

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Marnie Mosiman, Ian Ogilvy, and others
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    (17)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    The lights of a yacht on the French Riviera are reflected in the water and in the eyes of four hilariously mismatched lovers. Perhaps Coward's greatest comedy, Private Lives shimmers with wit, romance, desire, and bittersweet truth.

    Benjamin says: "Classic Coward Comedy"
  • A Woman of No Importance  by Oscar Wilde Narrated by Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Mathis, Rosalind Ayres, Jane Carr, Judy Geeson, Martin Jarvis, full cast

    A Woman of No Importance

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Mathis, Rosalind Ayres, and others
    Overall
    (73)
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    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the "best" houses, while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating drawing-room comedy, Oscar Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society's narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans.

    Cheryl says: "Pitch Perfect Performance"
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 1   Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    The show that grabs listeners by the waist, swirls them round in time to a Strauss waltz, and then trips over the banana skins of convention.

    Joey says: "Spectacular Gameshow"
  • Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat  by John Cleese, Connie Booth Narrated by John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Full Cast

    Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Greatest !"
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  • Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge: The TV Series  by Steve Coogan Narrated by Steve Coogan

    Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge: The TV Series

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Steve Coogan
    • Narrated By Steve Coogan
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    (8)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    There's a new chat in town as the hit programme comes live from the BBC Television Centre, and Alan ushers on a variety of guests including horsewoman of few words Sue Lewis, powerful hypnotist Tony le Mesmer, fashion designer Yvonne Boyd, and husband and wife thespians Tania Barker and Gary Barker. There's also a whole edition of the programme broadcast from sexy Paris, city of French people.

  • Fawlty Towers, Volume 2: The Germans  by John Cleese, Connie Booth Narrated by John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Full Cast

    Fawlty Towers, Volume 2: The Germans

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Best!"
  • The Man Upstairs and Other Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by P. G. Wodehouse Narrated by Frederick Davidson

    The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Story
    (19)

    Webster's Dictionary gives the meaning of the word "miasma" as "an infection floating in the air; a deadly exhalation". And in the opinion of Mr. Robert Ferguson, that description, though perhaps a little too flattering, on the whole summed up Master Roland Bean pretty satisfactorily. Until the previous day, Master Bean had served Mr. Ferguson in the capacity of office-boy. But there was that about Master Bean which made it practically impossible for anyone to employ him for long.

  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 9  by Humphrey Lyttelton, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 9

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Humphrey Lyttelton, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, and others
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer
    Overall
    (33)
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    (9)
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    Inspired nonsense and pointless revelry, it's time for another helping of the antidote to panel games, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. In this ninth collection, the gang returns for further moments of mayhem, puns, and one-liners; not forgetting a healthy dose of innuendo and double entendre.

    Pauline says: "Humour"
  • Blackadder Goes Forth: The Last of the Classic Comedy Series  by Richard Curtis Narrated by Rowan Atkinson, Nigel Hawthorn, Full Cast

    Blackadder Goes Forth: The Last of the Classic Comedy Series

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Nigel Hawthorn, Full Cast
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    Six BBC TV episodes starring Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Tony Robinson. With a “ya boo sucks” to you Fritzy, hot tiddly tumble - it’s off to the Western Front, 1917. Captain Blackadder, hero of Mboto Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive. Now he finds himself crammed into a sewer, 20 yards from a lot of heavily armed people who want to kill him.

  • Short Cruises: 12 Humorous Short Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by W. W. Jacobs Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    Short Cruises: 12 Humorous Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W. W. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    W.W. Jacobs was an English writer, famous for his humorous short stories, particularly those relating the preposterous adventures and misadventures of sailors on leave. This collection, Short Cruises, contains some of W.W. Jacobs' most popular characters, including the night watchman at the docks in Wapping who relates the stories of his friends Ginger Dick, Sam Small, and Peter Russet.

  • Curried Cow (






UNABRIDGED) by Ambrose Bierce Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    Curried Cow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    My Aunt Patience, who tilled a small farm in the state of Michigan, had a favorite cow. This creature was not a god cow, nor a profitable one, for instead of devoting a part of her leisure to secretion of milk and production of veal she concentrated all her faculties on the study of kicking. The demon cow of Michigan will attack any living being she comes across...and when Aunt Patience resolves to marry, every single man in the county goes to extreme lengths to become unavailable for the honour. Such was their fear of being married alive by my Aunt Patience.

  • A Bottomless Grave (






UNABRIDGED) by Ambrose Bierce Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    A Bottomless Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A dysfunctional and amoral family murders its alcoholic father and buries him in the yard, before embarking on a hobby of befriending strangers whose bodies they bury in the cellar. When the stocks of liquor and provisions kept in the cellar start to deplete mysteriously, they put it down to the partying of the restless spirits of their murder victims...but a stranger truth emerges. Written in Bierce's witty style, this story is a laugh-a-minute comedy.

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  • The Awful German Language (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Twain Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Awful German Language

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must read for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country. "The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?"

    Sandra says: "This is a terrific piece of writing!"
  • Doctor Sally (






UNABRIDGED) by P. G. Wodehouse Narrated by Paul Shelley

    Doctor Sally

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
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    When Bill Bannister meets Dr. Sally Smith, love blossoms immediately. Unfortunately there is just the small problem of Lottie Higginbotham, former actress, serial bride, and human fireball, with whom Bill is already involved. The well-meaning interference of Bill’s old friend, Squiffy Tidmouth, once married to Lottie, only complicates matters further, until everything is straightened out in a series of comic encounters at Bill’s ancestral home and everyone lives happily ever after.

  • More Ronnie Barker's Lines from My Grandfather's Forehead  by Ronnie Barker Narrated by Ronnie Barker

    More Ronnie Barker's Lines from My Grandfather's Forehead

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Ronnie Barker
    • Narrated By Ronnie Barker
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    Ronnie Barker stars in four episodes of the comedy sketch show as heard on BBC Radio 4. Here’s a further cornucopia of clever comedy, featuring sketches, monologues, poems and songs in this sequential entertainment for radio. Here, the sketches include: a bizarre slice of Shakespeare, a poem for a man with a plan, and a forgetful actor.

  • It Sticks Out Half a Mile Continued  by Harold Snoad, Michael Knowles Narrated by John Le Mesurier

    It Sticks Out Half a Mile Continued

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Harold Snoad, Michael Knowles
    • Narrated By John Le Mesurier
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    John Le Mesurier, Ian Lavender, and Bill Pertwee star in four episodes of the radio sequel to Dad's Army, including: "Inspecting the Piles": In order to save money, Hodges, Pike, and Wilson decide to inspect the foundations of Frambourne Pier in an inflatable rubber dinghy - at night. "Pike in Love": Uncle Arthur is called in to give Pike a lesson on the birds and the bees. Also included are episodes "The Friends of Frambourne Pier" and "The First Meeting".