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The complete first series of the BBC Radio 4 stand-up comedy show, performed and co-written by Mark Steel.

Follow comedian Mark Steel (Mark Steel Lectures, The News Quiz) as he visits six lesser-known bits of Britain, finds the funniest moments in their history - and then performs a stand-up show for the local audience.

In his first show, Mark finds himself in a livestock auction hall in Skipton, Yorkshire, celebrating canals, castles and cows, while in Boston, Lincolnshire, Mark talks about sprouts, chavs, Puritans and the Boston Stump. Lewes, East Sussex, provides Mark with material about fires, pub fights and stroppiness, and in Walsall, Mark celebrates the accent, the concrete hippo, and how the town has absolutely nothing to do with Birmingham.

Appearing in church halls, working men's clubs, Scout huts and function rooms, Mark also visits Merthyr Tydfil and the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Britain is made up of thousands of small but significant places which altered the course of history: the Civil War; the French Revolution; the founding of America; the invention of delicious cakes. And with Mark Steel’s unofficial histories of Britain, you’ll find unpredictable stories that are often surreal, but always entertaining, human and funny.

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A Yank who loves Mark Steel

Mark Steel performs often on BBC Radio. The first time I heard him was his bio of Beethoven (my favorite composer) and I howled with laughter throughout. Been a big Mark Steel fan ever since. This program is fun because he visits small and (to an American) obscure towns throughout Great Britain, and does a performance there talking about what makes each town unique and interesting. Who knew that there was actually a Boston in England? Not me!

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  • Marc
  • 02-25-15

Learn through laughter

A well thought out show, as funny as it is informative.
I hope to visit some of these eccentric places. The ones I have already visited sound about right!

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  • Hannah
  • 12-23-12

mark steel's in town

Really enjoyable to listen to. Some funny, some informative and much general interest. Light hearted and an interesting listen.

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  • JayCee
  • 03-28-17

Mark Steel has a unique style

What made the experience of listening to Mark Steel's in Town: Series 1 the most enjoyable?

The great mixture of historical facts and gentle teasing of the locals!

What did you like best about this story?

Mark's very special interpretation of a town's history.

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Listen to all of Mark Steel's radio series; one of the most enjoyable ways of learning some history and biography.

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  • graham wade
  • 03-21-17

talking book

Mark is every Cleve.r. he has abgreatbway of passing on useless information in funny way. well worth listening to.

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  • Mrs. A. Kaye
  • 01-09-16

totally funny intelligent humour

a masterclass in using facts and humour combined loved it. will track down series 2