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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Writers Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy and the Comedy.co.uk awards for Best Radio Sketch Show!

Celia Imrie, Alison Steadman, John Bird and Rebecca Front are among the cast of these BBC Radio 4 comedy dramas from the writer and producers of Cabin Pressure.

These six self-contained duologues, each one brimming with humour and charm, come from the pen of John Finnemore, author and star of the award-winning John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme.

'A Flock of Tigers'. 1934. Edmund and Dolorosa are sharing a train carriage - and embarking on an unexpected adventure. Starring Charles Edwards and Celia Imrie.

'Wysinnwyg'. In the Sales Support Department of Willard & Son, new girl Kerry meets Adele. Starring Alison Steadman and Isy Suttie.

'Red-Handed'. Arriving home early, Joel is surprised by an unexpected visitor named Henry. Starring John Bird and Lawry Lewin.

'The Goliath Window'. It is 1820, and Mark and Luke have arranged an appointment in the vestry of St Anne's Church, Mayton Chennett. Starring Simon Kane and John Finnemore.

'English for Pony-Lovers'. In a German guest house, Elke is waiting to receive an English lesson from Lorna. Starring Rebecca Front and Beth Mullen.

'Hot Desk'. A receptionist and a security guard meet every day at 7am and 7pm to hand over a desk. Starring Matthew Baynton and Jenny Bede.

With a star cast, memorable characters, witty dialogue and beautifully crafted plots, these heart-warming plays are an utter joy. Duration: 3 hours approx

©2016 John Finnemore (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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If you like stories

you are absolutely going to love this. Every one of these starts off by making you presume something, and then goes on to absolutely smash your presumtions. It's great fun (as is the case with Finnemore) and clever to boot. The actors and actresses are splendid in what they do. Absolute candy for your brain. My favourite was the 'Goliath window'. That was the one I didn't see coming in any shape or form. Really, I couldn't recommend this more.

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One story made a German laugh out loud

A sense of humor is about as individual as a fingerprint. Some people love Finnemore and some don't, as with any comedian. He is without doubt clever, intelligent, and witty, though at times he descends into silliness. I loved "Cabin Pressure" and a many of the sketches in "Souvenir Programme."

This collection is different and has an uneven quality. I thought the first and last stories, for example, were utterly pointless. The bathroom fittings sketch was annoying.

But I loved John Bird as the burglar. (Has he ever given a poor performance? I don't know of one). "The Goliath Window" was over-the-top and totally British. And the whole thing was worth it because of the one sketch that sparkles with word play and satirical brilliance, "English for Pony Lovers."

Over Christmas, I played this last for my elderly mother, who is German. There is little evidence anyone in her family possesses a sense of humor, and I never know what she will think is funny, but she laughed out loud over Lorna and Elke! (Her favorite thing now is to say the word "goats" with a heavy Leeds accent).

If you already love this comedian, give this a go. If not, I don't think it's the best introduction to his work.

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 08-08-17

Superb writing & acting - unpredictable twists :)

Very good stories. This audio book was ignored for a while since the description said it was "stories" and I still have an arbitrary high standard/expectation of something to match Cabin Pressure. I still have hope that John Finnemore will find another story line where he can create a long running series using cast members voicing characters that we can get to know and watch evolve.

But, in the meantime, these shorter works are delightful. I wish I had found them first, and Cabin Pressure last.

If John Finnemore reads reviews, he probably gets annoyed with these comparisons to Cabin Pressure. Oh well.

Narration: Excellent! It's fun to recognize voices from Ca . . . . . . uh, never mind.

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  • Gudrun
  • Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • 04-28-16

Just ok

I did enjoy a couple of the stories. But it would be no great loss not to have listened at all.
If you have not listened to Cabin Pressure then you will love it much more than this.

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Disappointing--not funny, merely mildy amusing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I would have rather re-listened to Cabin Pressure or Souvenir Programme than listened to this the first time.

Has John Finnemore's Double Acts turned you off from other books in this genre?

I adore John Finnemore, but I realize that "Double Acts" is a different genre than "Cabin Pressure" or "Souvenir Programme". His other works make me laugh out loud and are great fun. These stories are clever, with well-done twists but are amusing at best and not very funny.

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

The "narrators" are wonderful performers and the work wouldn't be nearly as good on the page.

Did John Finnemore's Double Acts inspire you to do anything?

Consider returning it (which I never do) and definitely never buy another "Double Acts".

Any additional comments?

If you want someone to distract you with a mildly entertaining story that is pretty inoffensive, this might fit the bill. Otherwise, stick to Mr. Finnemore's other series.

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Very entertaining. No tinned laughter, thank Goodness

Very entertaining stories. Thank Goodness, you are allowed to decide for yourself which moments are funny and not reminded when you are supposed to laugh.

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Not Finnemore's Best

If you haven't listened to Finnemore before, I suggest that you start with *Cabin Pressure*. *Double Acts* is not his best.

But this still charming and funny.

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  • CY
  • 10-13-16

Another amusing John Finnemore production!

I have been a John Finnemore fan ever since being introduced to Cabin Pressure. I love his wit and marvel at his ability to create amusing skits and stories for BBC radio. I would recommend this recording to others as it gives you several single-act duo recordings on a variety of amusing topics.

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Finnemore!

Wonderful. John Finnemore has mastered the craft of the teleplay. Double Acts, like any Finnemore production, is witty, kind, charming, sweet, and hilarious.

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Just love Johns humor

Not as long as I'd like but then it would have to be hours and hours! If you like any of his stuff you will like this too.
Enjoy.

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  • MARTIN J WILKINSON
  • 03-10-16

Entertaining as always.

I love John Finnemores' writing. His humour is intelligent and charming and never fails to entertain. His stories are original, inventive and beguiling. Can't wait to download more.

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  • philip
  • 04-12-16

Funny, intriguing, beautiful and touching.

This stopped me in my tracks. A quite brilliant collection or heartwarming, hilarious and clever stories. Encore! Encore!

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  • Melissa Wells
  • 06-06-16

charming

very different from other works by John Connectors but well written, cleverly cast and snappy dialogues. Yup, well worth adding to your collection.

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  • Dr. Rem Van Woerkom
  • 05-11-16

double act. Twice the fun.

Very good plays. Each won is very interesting. slightly off - beat and the naration/acting is excellent too.

Very clever constructs - a great few hours worth of entertainment.

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  • Ellie Spanos
  • 07-07-18

John Finnemore is amazing!

Really enjoyed these plays by the wonderful John Finnemore. Did you enjoy Cabin Pressure? Give these a try!

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  • schammond
  • 04-30-18

Clever writing, beautifully performed.

I do not know how Finnemore writes such fantastic dialogue, how he can turn a situation from one thing to another so believably, with great empathy and wit. An absolute cracker.

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  • Richard T.
  • 09-17-17

A great listen.

Good fun. Episode 4 is a bit random, but they are all well written and acted. Looking forward to another series, if there are any more!

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  • Dani
  • 07-24-17

Charmingly pleasant

Amusing and entertaining, while leave soft warm feeling after, nothing heavy but just ... brilliant.

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  • Bascot
  • 07-20-17

At least three of these are inspired. Original..

Well-performed and paced. First and last ones in particular deliciously dry and amusing. Second one with John Bird a treat. Lovely collection. Alison Steadman's mastery of office speak and SME water cooler culture is breathtaking

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  • Mr
  • 07-04-17

John Finnemore at his finest.

Wonderfully witty stories and well acted. John Finnemore is a great comic writer and these mini plays really illustrate his eye for human foibles.

I couldn't pick a story as for which is best. The stories are all cleverly written and often warmly humorous. I hope that Radio 4 commissions a series 3, as I've been enjoying series 2 on the radio too.

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  • Ishai Sagi
  • 08-19-16

Most fantastic

I cannot get over how good these were.
Touching, funny and clever. I want more please!!!