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John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1 | [John Finnemore]

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1

John Finnemore, writer and star of Cabin Pressure, returns in four episodes of his own sketches, as heard on BBC Radio. These episodes feature a tiger with a gun, reveal the truth behind the war effort, visit some documentary-makers, has a big debate and then treats itself to a little trophy. Plus, there are also some musical interludes from the zoo. John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is written by and stars John Finnemore (The Now Show, Miranda, That Mitchell and Webb Look).
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John Finnemore, writer and star of Cabin Pressure, returns in four episodes of his own sketches, as heard on BBC Radio. These episodes feature a tiger with a gun, reveal the truth behind the war effort, visit some documentary-makers, has a big debate and then treats itself to a little trophy. Plus, there are also some musical interludes from the zoo. John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is written by and stars John Finnemore (The Now Show, Miranda, That Mitchell and Webb Look). It also features Carrie Quinlan (The News Quiz, The Late Edition), Lawry Lewin (The Life & Times of Vivienne Vyle, Horrible Histories) and Simon Kane (Six Impossible Things).

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    Marissa Albuquerque, NM, United States 09-02-13
    Marissa Albuquerque, NM, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So very special in every special way..."
    If you could sum up John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Marmite-flavored toothpaste


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is basically a consistently funny sketch show. If ever there were an elusive creation, that would be it: consistently funny sketch comedy. Almost every skit is right on target, hilarious, well-acted, and well-paced.


    What does John Finnemore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice has the ability to make me instantly want to smile. It is reflexive at this point. The sound of his voice is irreversibly linked in my mind to happiness and laughter.


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

    YES! However, I love to simply relisten to favorite pieces as well--I can't refrain from sharing them with just about anybody I can get to listen (anyone who has needed a car ride from me in the last eight months is now very familiar with John Finnemore's comedy shows, both souvenir programme and cabin pressure)


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it! It will be one of the best choices you could possibly make for your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 10-16-13
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 10-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Modern sketch comedy at its finest"

    John Finnemore is a brilliant comedian, creator and performer of the acclaimed Cabin Pressure series, and John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is a wonderful mix of sketches, which range from the witty to the silly, and are always endearing. Fuelled by literature, pop culture and quirkiness, this is British comedy at its best. This will make you laugh until you ache, so go ahead, treat yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RMb 08-24-14
    RMb 08-24-14

    Wife, mother, cat owner, movie quoter, wine drinker, book re-reader.

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    "Hilariously Entertaining & Very Clever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! John Finnemore is an immensely talented writer. His sketches are perfectly executed thanks to his writing style (tongue-in-cheek British) and the amazing cast he works with.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1?

    I absolutely loved the Zoo Songs. They manage to capture the frustration everyone has had at some point in their jobs and it is flawless.


    Have you listened to any of John Finnemore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I first discovered John Finnemore in his radio series Cabin Pressure. The obvious difference between that series and this is that Cabin Pressure is an ongoing story, whereas this one is all sketch comedies. His writing is bang on in both.


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

    Yes. It's one I've listened to over and over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Angela
    12/1/14
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    "Radio comedy at its best"
    If you could sum up John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Witty; funny; warm.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1?

    There are plenty of memorable moments - too many to list. It helps that John Finnemore's writing is intelligent and witty without being smug (a problem with some Radio 4 comedies).


    Have you listened to any of John Finnemore’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is a good starting point from which to explore John Finnemore's work. The other series and Cabin Pressure are well worth a listen. I have found the quality to be consistently high throughout the various series.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Kept me smiling throughout. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments too.


    Any additional comments?

    I genuinely recommend this and encourage you to try the other series too - they are a real delight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orion
    England
    11/30/14
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    "John Finnermore does it again."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved Cabin Pressure and have all the episodes. After listening to them originally on BBC Radio 4. I have loved John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme series 1. Great sketches well observed, will listen to again and again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1?

    The ghost stories


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The letter's between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde were really funny


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to series 2 3 & 4

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
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    2/12/14
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    "Very funny sketches, second to Cabin Pressure"
    Would you listen to John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1 again? Why?

    A great chuckle, just love his witty humour. Some of the sketches are a little short, and I think the structure of a longer narrative, as in Cabin Pressure, works better, but these are still extremely funny.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialogue is cracking. Loved "The Archers" for those who don't really watch the Archers"


    Have you listened to any of John Finnemore’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Cabin Pressure - different character, same wit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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