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John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1 Radio/TV Program

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1

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Publisher's Summary

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 09-02-13
    Marissa 09-02-13 Member Since 2016
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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.

    4 of 4 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 2015
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hanna Raspel 11-14-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it"

    Kills time in flocks and amuses a great deal. WARNING! Don't listen to it in public spaces with your headphones. People will look at you as if you were a giggling lunatic. I haven't managed not to laugh no matter how many times I've listened to it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 11-02-15
    David 11-02-15
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    "Love the show, although its best work comes later"

    I love JFSP, and listen to it often. While my favorite material is in the second and third collections of the show, there's still plenty of Finnemore's smart zaniness to make this an oft-played collection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Antelope Valley, CA, United States 08-01-17
    Diana Antelope Valley, CA, United States 08-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "More amusing the second time around"

    It's hard to find great comedy. John Finnemore's Cabin Pressure series set the bar very high, so comparing this collection of short sketches is tough. The Cabin Pressure series has an advantage of having characters that you get to know while the short sketches are all about a comedic idea being fleshed out, and then the next one, and the next.

    This was the second time I listened to this, after re-listening to the Cabin Pressure series and wanting some more good comedy. This was not *as* good, but it was enjoyable. Not necessarily laugh-out-loud, but still amusing, quirky, and uplifting.

    I listened again to Series 2, which was about the same level of amusing sketches, and then, I bought 3 and 4 which are combined in one audio book. Series 3&4 are funnier than Series 1 and Series 2.

    John Finnemore has a great observational eye for human foibles and does very sharp comedic writing.

    The voice actors are outstanding too. This was uplifting, and there were some good laugh-out-loud sketches in this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    godsbooklover 12-23-16
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    "Hilarious, clever sketch comedy"

    John Fennemore has the most fertile comic imagination I've ever had the delight to laugh at. Each sketch original and unpredictable and laugh-out-loud g

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    rcg 02-11-16
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    "side-splitting funny!"

    John Finnemore is a God of comedy, and his dedicated cast and crew really must share his madness and gift!

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    Ivan 11-25-15
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    "Too much canned laughter"

    The sketches are a amusing and performed well. Unfortunately, the canned laughter got so annoying that I could not finish the audio book. An audio book to avoid.

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    Kat Coz 09-25-15
    Kat Coz 09-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Very funny"

    Very funny, entertaining. I fell in love with John Finnermore with Cabin Pressure. His wit and humor and sense of the ridiculous will give you all the fun you can with an audio book. If you're every blue or down or need a lift, give this a listen.

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    Diana 06-07-15
    Diana 06-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "brilliant!"

    just love John finnemore....can't wait to hear the rest of the series...highly recommended...big fan of cp

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  • Mez Kyte
    1/12/15
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    "Gets better in later series but still brilliant."

    Very funny but the later series are split your guts funny. If you are only going to download one series today choose the most recent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    3/18/15
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    "John Finaganza"

    I've listed to quite a few of John Finnemore's radio comedies, with my favourite being cabin pressure.
    This compilation of sketches is quite brilliant and has really made me fall I. Love with his writing and comedic style.
    I want more now, so come on john, don't disappoint.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • EvaGM
    2/16/15
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    "A true rib-breaker."
    Any additional comments?

    It's simply hilarious, in a very British way. White humour with a healthy dose of silliness.

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    5/9/16
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    "best radio show ever. laughed so much I cried."

    I love Finnemore, think this series is his best work. my kind of smart/silly humour.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hugh
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    4/12/16
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    "Bears repetition..."

    I have listened to this series several times and I keep finding new puns and bits of business to enjoy. Very much my new favourite thing.

    I am saving the next few series for a suitable car journey - it is not easy holding back!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    3/22/16
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    "Too short."

    came here because of the brilliant cabin pressure. not disapointed with the quality. very good sketch show.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/13/15
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    "Brilliant.........."

    in those immortal words of Arthur, from a radio show, now defunct, but never forgotten, and still giving hours of pleasure, Brilliant..................

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    Australia
    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. John Hughes
    UK
    9/14/17
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    "perfection"

    already have the cd but just needed this today! best sketch comedy around at present! intelligent but not that ugly, raw, sarcastic sort of comedy... just sharp and actually funny!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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