Beyond Our Ken

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Beyond Our Ken: The Collected Series 1-4 Publisher's summary

All 60 surviving episodes from the first four series of the fabulous forerunner to Round the Horne - plus bonus programme Forty Laughing Years.

An irresistible mix of of sketches, songs, puns and double entendres, Beyond Our Ken kept the nation laughing over seven series and 123 episodes between 1958 and 1964.

With its witty wordplay, zany humour and comic catchphrases, it remains every bit as hilarious and entertaining today. Featuring larger-than-life characters like Rodney and Charles, roving reporter Cecil Snaith and doddery duo Ambrose and Felicity - not to mention avuncular host Kenneth Horne himself - this 'sort of radio show' is full of classic comedy moments.

All your favourites are here in these 60 episodes, including spoof documentary series Hornerama, with its regular investigations into 'topics of immediate interest' such as showbusiness, shipping, photography, food, the City - and many more. There's also a wealth of surprising, surreal incidents from Kenneth Horne's week, the latest film releases in 'Picture Go Round', and a unique take on Any Questions, with panellists Hankie Flowered, Ricky Livid, Fanny Haddock and Arthur Fallowfield. Musical interludes are provided by a host of top artistes, among them Pat Lancaster, Janet Waters, The Malcolm Mitchell Trio, The Fraser Hayes Four and the BBC Variety Orchestra.

Scripted by Eric Merriman and Barry Took, these much-loved shows star Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and Bill Pertwee.

Episode guide

First broadcast on BBC Light Programme on the following dates:

Series 1 - 1 July-12 November 1958

Series 2 - 26 March-21 December 1959

Series 3 - 5 April-15 July 1960

Series 4 - 20 October 1960-2 March 1961

Bonus programme: Forty Laughing Years, 12 November 1962

The following episodes are missing from the BBC archives and therefore not included in this release:

Series 1: Episodes 6, 10-13, 17, 21 and 22

Series 2: Episodes 1, 4, 7, 9, 15, 16 and 19

Series 4: Episode 12

Episodes restored and remastered by Ted Kendall and Keith Wickham.

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
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