Adolf Hitler – My Part In His Downfall

read by Paul Merton

BBC Radio 2

6 × 15 minutes
2008

Spike Milligan’s war memoir read by lifelong Milligan fan, Paul Merton.

Bette & Joan & Baby Jane

BBC Radio 4

1 × 45 minutes
2010

Two screen goddesses, one iconic film, a recipe for disaster… A new radio play starring Catherine Tate and Tracy-Ann Oberman.

On 23 July 1961, filming started on “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?” at the Producers Studio, Hollywood. It was a film that industry insiders thought would never be made, as its two female stars had an ongoing feud as famous and as long lasting as both of their glittering screen careers. Bette Davis “the actress” and Joan Crawford “the movie star” both arrived on set determined to prove everyone wrong, including each other…

Tracy-Ann’s first radio play tells the story of the making of this legendary film, of the creation of two iconic stars and of the origins of a deep seated hatred that spanned five decades.

Joan Crawford ….. Tracy-Ann Oberman
Bette Davis …..Catherine Tate
Billy Miller ….. Matt Addis
Hedda Hopper ….. Lorelei King

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Earth Wind For Hire

presented by Bill Bailey

BBC Radio 2

4 × 30 minutes
2007

Earth, Wind, For Hire is a light-hearted tribute to tribute bands. Presented by comedian and musician Bill Bailey, the programme traces the history of the tribute band phenomenon, examining some of the more unusual acts that are playing today, how they manage to recreate the sounds and the look of the original artists, and what they add to the music of the bands they’re covering.

Frazzled

BBC Radio 4 – 2019

Part 1

Ruby Wax talks about mental health in her inimitable style, focusing on how we are all frazzled, how we got to be that way and what we can do about it – using comedy, mindfulness and chat with the audience.

There is so much to say about mental health and feeling frazzled and Ruby has the knowledge – a Master’s degree in mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She also has the experience after years of struggles with mental health. And of course she has the comic gifts to say it in an articulate, funny and entertaining way

In this show, she wants to make us laugh at her and at ourselves, make our lives feel more manageable, and share tools for how to cope.

Another chance to hear a show recorded in February 2018.

Part 2

Ruby Wax returns to talk about mental health in her inimitable style, using comedy and insight to make us laugh and also think about what it means to be human.

It follows her well-received show for Radio 4 last year.
“Excellent” – The Guardian.
“Appealing and wise” – The Times
“Articulate and entertaining” – i

There is so much to say about mental health and, with a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and years of struggles with mental health, Ruby has the knowledge, the experience and the comic gifts to say it in an articulate, funny and entertaining way, engaging the audience both in the room and at home.

She wants to make us laugh at her and at ourselves, share her thoughts about where we are now, how we can make ourselves think and feel a bit better and how we can all be a bit less isolated.

Goon Again

BBC Radio 2

2001

A one-off re-recording of an original Goon Show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cult radio comedy. Based on Spike Milligan’s original scripts from the 1950s, Goon Again recaptures the timeless humour and enduring silliness of the comedy that inspired a generation. For this unique recording, Andrew Secombe steps into his late father’s role to play Neddy Seagoon, with actors Jon Glover and Jeffrey Holland taking the roles of Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers.

It’s Been a Bad Week

BBC Radio 2

15 Series
1998 – 2006

Hosts Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis trawl the world’s media outlets in search of tales of woe, disaster and misfortune – and then have a good laugh at them. From gigantic corporate cock-ups to the sad failures of the humblest individual, It’s Been a Bad Week is unflinching in its search for stories that reflect the calamitous misfortunes which occur daily around the globe. Drawing on a mixture of sketches, songs, impressions, guest contributions and scripted news items, the show targets the week’s well-known bad news stories, governmental disasters, royal excesses, celebrity misbehaviour as well as a myriad of less well-publicised stories from Britain and abroad.

James Bond Short Stories

read by Damian Lewis

BBC Radio 2

8 × 15 minutes
2006

James Bond, 007, licenced to kill – the most famous secret agent in literary history. From his Jamaican estate ‘Goldeneye’, Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, wrote numerous novels featuring the suave, sophisticated, womanising British spy.

This 8-part series, featuring four of the original stories, contains none of the films’ fancy gadgets and death-defying stunts, and presents Bond absolutely as his originator intended.

The stories, each abridged into 2 × 15 minute episodes, are The Living Daylights, From A View To A Kill, The Property Of A Lady and For Your Eyes Only.

My Obsession

BBC Radio 4 – 2019

Part 1

Comedian Danny Heywood wakes in his hotel room to find that he is not alone. Sheryl, a fan on a mission, has let herself into the room and is determined not to leave until she gets what she wants. But what exactly is it that she wants?

The ensuing stand off is a hilarious game of verbal cat and mouse as they both endeavor to maintain control of a very bizarre situation.

This comedy drama observes the obsessive narcissistic culture of so-called celebrity, the desire to be famous and the urge to be near it. Funny, warm-hearted, surprising and all played in real time, My Obsession enjoyed a sold out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014.

Part 2

Paul Merton and Suki Webster star in this warm-hearted comedy exploring the obsessive narcissistic culture of so-called celebrity, the desire to be famous and the urge to be near it.

After a bizarre first meeting when Sheryl, a superfan of stand-up comedian Danny Heywood, broke into his hotel bedroom, the perfectly mismatched pair are reunited. This time the self-obsessed comic pays his number one fan a surprise visit.

But does the lonely comic want a date? No, he needs to be driven to his next gig.

However, Danny also reveals that Sheryl is now his inspiration, his muse. Will a bumpy road trip bring the obsessive lonely couple together or drive them both round the bend? And can this unlikely pair find happiness and a true connection or is the only thing they have in common that they are both obsessed with Danny?

Part 3

Paul Merton and Suki Webster star in this warm-hearted comedy, exploring the obsessive narcissistic culture of so-called celebrity, the desire to be famous and the urge to be near it.

Surprisingly, after Sheryl broke into the hotel room of her favorite stand-up comedian Danny Heywood and castigated him for not replying to her fan mail, the pair met again and agreed to go on a proper date. All is going well until Danny spots TV producer Karen Francis. She is looking for a comedy magician to perform the “saw the woman in half” illusion.

Danny would love to perform the trick but he needs to find an assistant quickly. Much to Sheryl’s surprise, Danny asks if she’d like to become half the woman she used to be?

Then the TV producer throws a spanner into the works that could rip our would-be lovers apart forever.

National Theatre of Brent The First Man on the Moon and How They Done It

BBC Radio 4 – 2019

The National Theatre of Brent present a unique dramatised radio re-enactment of the fifty year centenary of the Historic First Walking on the Moon. As it was done by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Phil Collins.

It seems only yesterday when the moon was just a mysterious light in the unknown depths of the night sky that man could only guess at the purpose of and no one knew anything about whatsoever.

Then, all of a sudden in 1969, something remarkable occurred.

The famous Space Race began literally out of the blue and the famously infamous president President Nixon, on the run avoiding investigation for dodgy dealing, ordered the US space race to begin with the famous words, “Let the Space Race begin!” – or words to that effect.

And, as if that weren’t enough, besides this historic and – we believe first ever – reconstruction of a historic astronomic event ever done on radio as it almost certainly probably happened, we will also delve controversially into the often stormy on-board relationships of the space men themselves and also – even more controversially perhaps – glimpse into their often stormy domestic lives too, in particular what it meant and how it felt to be Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Aldrin.

Did they support their space men husbands or were they, in fact, deeply divided and bitter about it having to stay at home basically and do the laundry and dusting?

These fascinating and hitherto un-probed events – and many more – will be revealed in this pioneering, historic, spectacular, authentic, yet unashamedly controversial BBC radio drama.

Pythonesque

BBC Radio 4

1 × 45 minutes
September 2010

The story of Graham Chapman, the Monty Python team and how he overcame his considerable demons to star in the two funniest British films of all time… Told in a Pythonesque style by Roy Smiles, writer of the acclaimed Ying Tong and Good Evening, also for Radio 4

Quirks

BBC Radio 4

1 × 45 minutes
August 2010

Starring David Troughton and Tracy-Ann Oberman, Quirks by Simon Brett is a black comedy about a couple living – or perhaps imprisoned – in a luxurious villa on the Costa del Sol.

Six Degrees of John Sessions

BBC Radio 4 – 2018

Actor, writer, raconteur and impressionist John Sessions mixes showbiz stories, intriguing history, extraordinary impressions and fabulous one-liners all linked to and from him in this entertaining series.
John’s dazzling array of skills – storytelling, erudition, vocal re-creations and comedy – are all brought into play as he starts each episode with a story or fact related to himself, takes us all over the place by linking people, ending up back with himself.
Each show is a quick-witted, Peter Ustinov-style rollercoaster of storytelling: bizarre and brilliant, eccentric and effusive, autobiographical and alliterative, full of incredible impressions and droll digressions along the way.

That Was Then This is Now

BBC Radio 2

3 Series of 6 × 30 minutes
2005 – 2007

What happened in this week throughout history? And what does that tell us about where we are now? Richard Herring uses a blend of stand up, sketches, meticulous research and made up rubbish to give us the answers.

Richard is joined in his quest by Emma Kennedy, Danny Robins, Dan Tetsell, Christian Reilly and his band The Warnings From History.

The National Theatre of Brent’s Iconic Icons

BBC Radio 4

Occasional Series – 3 × 30 minutes
2009 – 2011

The multi award winning National Theatre of Brent – Artistic Director Desmond Olivier Dingle and the entire acting company (Raymond Box) – return triumphantly to Radio 4 with an occasional series celebrating the living artists deemed by Desmond to be Iconic Icons. The first iconic icon was the legendary singer, songwriter and artist Bob Dylan, and the second, due to be transmitted August 2010, is the groundbreaking British artist Tracey Emin.

When the Dog Dies

BBC Radio 4

6 × 30 minutes
2010

Ronnie Corbett reunites with the writers of his hit sitcom Sorry, Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent, for a new sitcom for Radio 4 about Sandy Hopper, a granddad happily growing old along with his dog Henry and his lodger, Dolores (Liza Tarbuck).