In each episode of this BBC Radio 4 series, Mark Steel visits a UK town and researches its history, heritage and culture, after which he performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.
Mark's destinations in series 3 & 4 are Berwick-upon-Tweed; Holyhead; Basingstoke; Douglas on the Isle of Man; Bungay; Wigan; Whitehaven; Tobermory; Corby; Handsworth; Ottery St. Mary and Chipping Norton. There's also a special episode recorded at the Edinburgh Festival.
Duration: 6 hours 30 mins approx.
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"Gets better every year"
I remember mark Steel when he started in stand up. He was a slow-burner but one night compere Arthur smith said after Mark's set, 'mark steel ladies and gentlemen taking the roof off!' He stormed the gig and I became a fan. His radio shows are remarkably different to his stand up and again it took a while for me to like it. I'm now quite an annoying fan of his series as I just don't get how anyone can not like it! Truly brilliant and original work. On a final note; whatever happened to the compere Arthur Smith?
"If you want to laugh at yourself, talk to this man"
There is something extraordinarily cathartic about hearing comedy that is clever (not unusual) but also well intentioned; there is nothing cruel or dismissive about this body of work, and yet it is not lightweight or floppy either. This would have to be as engaging a body of work as I have ever heard.
I bought the next series
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This says there is an Edinburgh special included, but I suspect there may be an error with the recording; not only was there none, but the first episode was repeated (ie, I think that this was done very early on a monday morning after a significantly involved weekend)
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