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Saturday Night Fry | [BBC Audiobooks Ltd]

Saturday Night Fry

This six-part comedy series was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1988. Hosted by Stephen Fry, accompanied each week by Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Emma Thompson, and a selection of guests including Phyllida Law, Robert Bathurst, Julia Hills, and Alison Steadman, the show takes the form of a roundtable discussion, interspersed with sketches that veer tangentially from the sublime to the ridiculous.
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This six-part comedy series was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1988. Hosted by Stephen Fry, accompanied each week by Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Emma Thompson, and a selection of guests including Phyllida Law, Robert Bathurst, Julia Hills, and Alison Steadman, the show takes the form of a roundtable discussion, interspersed with sketches that veer tangentially from the sublime to the ridiculous.

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    Avi Dolev, Israel 10-31-11
    Avi Dolev, Israel 10-31-11 Member Since 2009
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    For the first few minutes, I found it difficult to follow the show and almost considered stopping it. However, I kept listening and did not regret it! The comedy genius of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie shines in this very, very funny show from the late 80s. Be warned that a lot of the humor is based on British culture, history, politics, and radio. Between that fact and the fast pace of the show, it can be difficult to follow. Even though I have spent a lot of time in the UK over the past 20 years, I still probably missed 80% of the gags. Nonetheless, the 20% that I did get had me rolling on the floor.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-05-12
    Shane Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Brilliant!"
    If you could sum up Saturday Night Fry in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, fast-paced and engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Saturday Night Fry?

    There were too many amazing moments to pick one, but their spoofs of classic dramas such as Jane Eyre were particularly memorable.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    These characters are inseparable: Harriet Fenmount and Mr. Cunningham


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes indeed, and sometimes I have left it on repeat.


    Any additional comments?

    Prepare for the audiobook version of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie". The best buy I made this year.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Entertainment at its best - why only one series?"
    Where does Saturday Night Fry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    'Saturday Night Fry' is my go-to comedy audiobook whenever I need to listen to something funny to cheer me up, or when I'm waiting for something, orcommuting, or, well any reason at all to sit down and listen to the genius of Fry, Laurie, Broadbent and Thompson.


    What other book might you compare Saturday Night Fry to, and why?

    'I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again' is probably the nearest thing I can compare it to, another audiobook series which I can highly recommend.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I have so many favourites sketches, but I do thoroughly enjoy Phyllida Law's inner monologue when she is in a restaurant. Also the Jekyll and Hyde-eqsue story. And the sketch involving muffins. Oh and visiting Hades with a piano.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I first listened to it all in one sitting, but being 6 episodes it is just as easy to listen to in the 25 minute sections.


    Any additional comments?

    As a side bonus, I also learned the names of quite a few classical pieces of music, being the intro snippets to many of the sketches.

    The wonderful special guests include Alison Steadman, Phyllida Law (Emma Thompson's marvellous mum), Barry Cryer, Robert Bathurst and Julia Hills.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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