A brilliantly funny, gripping novel from a born storyteller, The Parent Agency is an epic wish-fulfilment adventure for every child - and for the child in everyone. Barry said, a third time, "I wish I had better parents!" And then suddenly the entire room started to shake. Barry Bennett hates being called Barry. In fact it's number 2 on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) 'being boring' and 3) 'always being tired'. But there is a world, not far from this one, where parents don't have children.
From David Baddiel, the brightest new star of children's books and winner of the Lollies award, comes a laugh-out-loud adventure for every child who ever wondered what it might be like to be a bit of an animal.... Malcolm doesn't like animals. Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is not full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.
Barry Bennett is sick of his parents. They're boring, they're too strict, and it's their fault his name is Barry. So he makes a wish for better ones - and is whisked away to the Parent Agency, where kids get to pick out their perfect parents. For Barry, this seems like a dream come true. But as he's about to discover, choosing a new mom and dad isn't as simple as it sounds....
A fabulously entertaining and touching novella written and narrated by David Baddiel, author of the best-selling The Parent Agency and The Person Controller. Alfie has a routine. To be honest he has a lot of routines. But then one day Alfie's babysitter is unavailable, and Alfie's parents get Mrs Stokes instead. Mrs Stokes doesn't do routines. Instead, she just tells Alfie to do what he likes. And that's when things start to go weird. Does everything get hilariously out of control? Yes. Does Alfie learns a valuable lesson? Nah. This isn't that kind of story....
Challenging, high risk, and totally unique, this show really is two blokes, one sofa, and no script. Facing a studio audience who shout out topics for discussion, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner simply turn up and chat about any topic that takes their fancy. Anything could happen and usually it does.
Featured here are People of Restricted Seriousness, including David Baddiel: Stand Up; Jarvis; The Poltergeist; Robert Newman: Stand Up; Special Case; and History Today.
A loyal tribute to 10 glorious years from BBC Radio 4's Week Ending team. From the archives of the legendary satirical radio comedy series Week Ending comes this compilation of satirical and sardonic sketches based on Margaret Thatcher's first 10 years as prime minister.
First released on cassette as Ten Years With Maggie, this has now been reissued as a digital download for the first time, on the 30th anniversary of Mrs Thatcher's coming to power.
David Baddiel's first-ever solo stand-up show, which played to 47 sold-out venues nationwide.
Mal ganz ehrlich: Welcher Neunjährige wünscht sich nicht ab und zu andere Eltern? Barry jedenfalls erlebt seine Eltern meistens nur langweilig, arm und immer müde. Doch das Unglaubliche geschieht: Barry wird in eine Welt katapultiert, in der sich Kinder ihre Eltern aussuchen können, und jetzt will er es natürlich wissen.
From the author of The Parent Agency comes a thrilling, funny and touching new adventure. Fred and Ellie are twins. But not identical (because that's impossible for a boy and a girl). They do like all the same things, though. Especially video games. Which they are very good at. They aren't that good, however, at much else - like, for example, football, or dealing with the school bullies. Then they meet the Mystery Man, who sends them a video game controller which doesn't look like any other controller they've ever seen.
The new novel from David Baddiel, comedian, columnist and author of the critically-praised The Secret Purposes.As Eli Gold, a famous old writer lies dying in a hospital in New York, his family gather around his bed. His first wife Violet is too old to travel from London but Harvey, their son, who has never emerged from the shadow of his overpowering father, makes the journey. And there is Colette, a six-year old daughter from a second marriage, struggling to make sense of the fact her father is about to leave her.
Following the success of the BAFTA-nominated ITV series Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned, David and Frank took the show back to where it started: a live hour of completely uncensored, unscripted, audience-led comedy. The result? Fifty-four entirely different uproarious, outrageous, revealing, dramatic, and sometimes rather drunken shows. This audio captures the best moments from one weekend at the height of the run.
History Today includes live concert footage filmed at the 1992 Edinburgh Festival, the infamous History Today ("That's You That Is") sketches from The Mary Whitehouse Experience TV show, and a version of History Today never seen on TV or heard on radio.