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  • BBC Audio

    Highlights from Richard Burton’s finest BBC radio performances from the 1940s to the 1980s. Richard Burton was one of the most famous British actors of the twentieth century, renowned for his magical, mellifluous voice. Before Hollywood tempted him away, he worked frequently for the BBC and many of his most electrifying performances were recorded there. This classic compilation features some of the very best of Burton, including his very first radio role in The Corn is Green; the heroic Roland in The Dark Tower; the apocalyptic poem 'Fire and Ice'; Henry V on the eve of Agincourt; the spine-tingling Under Milk Wood and the poignant In Parenthesis. Also included is the complete...read more

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    Peter Purves reads two vintage stories, first published in the 1960s, featuring the First Doctor. 'Purves does a great job not just creating this off-kilter version of Hartnell’s Doctor but also those around him in this story.' scifibulletin.com First published as an illustrated book in the 1960s and now a collector’s item, Doctor Who and the Invasion from Space sees the Doctor land in the futuristic world of The One. Along with the Mortimer family, whom he rescued from the Great Fire of London, he finds himself recruited to lead a galactic invasion from Andromeda — with the TARDIS instrumental in the plan! In Ten Fathom Pirates, a story from The Doctor Who Annual 1967, the...read more

  • Bbc Digital Audio

    Two joyous archive celebrations of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary presented by Russell Tovey and Graham Norton. November 2013 marked 50 years since Doctor Who first arrived on BBC television, and Radio 2 marked the occasion with two very special programmes. Who Is The Doctor? Russell Tovey takes an epic journey through five decades of Doctor Who history and charts the fortunes of the series, from its origins in the 1960s and growing popularity in the 1970s, through the onset of stormy waters in the 1980s, to its triumphant rebirth and second golden age in the 21st Century. Among those telling the story are Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Barry Letts, Philip Hinchcliffe, Jenna Coleman,...read more

  • BBC Radio

    Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine travel the world in pursuit of species on the brink of extinction In 1985, The Observer magazine sent Douglas Adams to Madagascar to look for the exotic and potentially extinct aye-aye lemur. There he met zoologist Mark Carwardine, and together they made a radio pilot about their travels, In Search of the Aye-Aye. This led to a hugely popular radio series, Last Chance to See, later adapted as a bestselling book. Douglas Adams died in 2001, but his friend Stephen Fry took his place for a follow-up 20th anniversary television series, broadcast on BBC Two in 2009. This collection includes the initial pilot show and the complete BBC radio series from...read more

  • BBC Audio

    Three more series of the flagship comedy show presented by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis The Now Show returns to put a smile on your face from a safe distance, with more topical sketches, stand-up, songs and chat. In these 19 episodes, recorded from their home studios and broadcast to a remote audience, presenters Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by a plethora of special guests including Lucy Porter, Huge Davies, Gemma Arrowsmith, Zoe Lyons, George Fouracres, Jena Friedman, Darren Harriott, Lost Voice Guy, Eshaan Akbar, Jessica Fostekew, Chris McCausland, Daliso Chaponda, Janine Harouni and Laura Lexx. With their characteristic wit and satirical flair, they crack wise at all...read more

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    Tom Hollander stars as a washed-up TV actor brought in to turn around a failing academy by staging a school play Newly rebranded Deer Park Academy is struggling to turn itself around after being placed in special measures. Hoping to inspire the students (and tick the 'creative learning' box for the next Ofsted inspection), the headmaster decides to put on a production of Romeo and Juliet. But inspiration can be dangerous, and when has-been ex-TV star Geoff Cathcart is brought in to direct, he opens a Pandora's box of problems. Geoff is a maverick with little time for rules and regulations, a laissez-faire attitude to health and safety and his own, somewhat unorthodox, ideas about...read more

  • Bbc Digital Audio

    Four laughter-filled editions of the long-running and much-loved BBC Radio 4 panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons In this selection of episodes, the entertaining players brave enough to employ their wits and ingenuity against both the clock and their competitors are Paul Merton, Julian Clary, Sheila Hancock, Josh Widdicombe, Gyles Brandreth, Fern Britton, Jenny Eclair and Kerry Godliman. As always, the name of the game is to speak for one minute on a given subject without falling foul of hesitation, repetition or deviation. Why is Josh known as the Beast of Dartmoor? What is Julian’s morning routine? Does Sheila have a party trick, and when exactly did the last century begin?...read more

  • Bbc Digital Audio

    A sparkling quartet of episodes from the humorous BBC Radio 4 quiz, chaired by Miles Jupp and Zoe Lyons The News Quiz once again recruits the sharpest comedians and commentators to tear a strip off the headlines.Lining up to make satirical sense of current affairs are Hugo Rifkind, Andrew Maxwell, Simon Evans, Zoe Lyons, Andy Hamilton, Ayesha Hazarika, Tim Shipman, Lucy Porter, Frankie Boyle, Mark Steel, Jen Brister, Helen Lewis, Katy Brand and Geoff Norcott. Among the hot topics in this tumultuous year are the beleaguered Brexit deal; Theresa May’s resignation and the search for a new Conservative leader; a milkshake attack on Nigel Farage; the collapse of British Steel; human...read more

  • BBC Audio

    Three more series of the flagship topical comedy show presented by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis - plus special Edinburgh Fringe Festival episode The Now Show is back, saving you from the trouble of keeping up with the news by providing a topical mix of stand-up, sketches, songs and interviews that tell you everything you need to know. In these 20 episodes, presenters Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are accompanied by a wealth of special guests including Phil Wang, Rose Matafeo, Beardyman, Ahir Shah, Sindhu Vee, Ken Cheng, Nicola and Rosie Dempsey (as Flo and Joan), Suzi Ruffell, Emma Sidi, Pierre Novellie and Lucy Porter (who also takes a turn as guest host). As ever, they give us their...read more

  • BBC Radio

    Dramatisations and a reading of selected novels by Barbara Pym - plus bonus material Barbara Pym is one of the 20th Century's wittiest, and most underrated, novelists. Her perceptive comedies of manners, centred around the domestic lives and loves of unassuming middle-class Englishwomen, won her many devoted readers and saw her hailed as a modern-day Jane Austen. Yet she spent 15 years out of print in the 1960s and '70s, until Philip Larkin championed her work in the Times Literary Supplement. Her seventh novel was subsequently shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and writers from Jilly Cooper to Alexander McCall Smith continue to laud her talent today. Included in this collection are...read more

  • BBC Audiobooks

    A classic BBC compilation of nursery rhymes, with light-hearted commentary from two BBC presenters. In this popular collection, actors Andrew Branch and Anne Rosenfeld perform over fifty fantastic nursery rhymes, from familiar favourites to lesser-known gems, speaking the rhymes aloud and chatting about their meanings. As they listen, children are encouraged to think about and appreciate the words, increasing their communication skills as they join in and play. Among the favourites included are: Humpty Dumpty; Sing a Song of Sixpence; Hickory Dickory Dock; Hey Diddle Diddle; Little Jack Horner; Polly Put the Kettle On; Mary Mary Quite Contrary; Doctor Foster Went to Gloucester; Baa...read more

  • Bbc Radio 4

    In this complete collection of episodes from series 82 of Just a Minute, Nicholas Parsons invites guests to try to speak for 60 seconds on a variety of subjects such as George V, favourite breakfast eateries, canals, bad apples and pasta. With panellists including Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Jan Ravens, Tony Hawkes, Gyles Brandreth and Zoe Lyons, this series shows just why Just a Minute has been entertaining generations of listeners since its first series in 1967. Who can talk for one minute without hesitation, repetition or deviation from the subject? Find out as we play Just a Minute! (C) 2019 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd; (P) 2019 BBC Studios Distribution...read more

  • BBC Audio

    The complete Series 100 of the satirical radio panel show, presented by eight special guest hosts It’s the one hundredth series of The News Quiz – let the centennial celebrations commence! To mark the occasion, each of these eight episodes is presented by a different guest host from the world of comedy, who keeps the chair warm in their own inimitable style (and with their cushion of choice). Zoe Lyons, Angela Barnes, Patrick Kielty, Andrew Maxwell, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Andy Zaltzman, Phil Wang and Nish Kumar lead a panel of guests as they dissect the latest political machinations and round up news stories both big and small. Among the panellists are Andy Hamilton, Hugo Rifkind,...read more

  • BBC Audio

    The BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show that pits three comic generations against each other, presented by Simon Mayo Simon Mayo hosts a comedic battle between three teams to find out which is the funniest generation. Will the Up and Comers, the Current Crop or the Old Guard be crowned as the Golden Age of Comedy? In these eighteen episodes, the contestants share their favourite jokes, trade comedic banter and go up against each other in quickfire rounds including ‘Generation Why’, in which they use stand-up to point out the shortcomings of their generation, ‘Against the Clock’, where two comedians compete against each other to get their laughs in the shortest time and ‘Dear...read more

  • BBC Audio

    Twenty-four episodes of the much-loved satirical panel show Since 1977, The News Quiz has entertained the nation with its satirical take on contemporary events. In these three series from 2020, hosts Nish Kumar, Angela Barnes and Andy Zaltzman invite a panel of comedians and journalists to find the funny behind the headlines (a tricky task in this difficult year). Regular players including Mark Steel, Lucy Porter, Hugo Rifkind and Kerry Godliman rub shoulders with newer contestants such as Geoff Norcott, Sophie Duker, Sindhu Vee, Jess Fostekew, Daliso Chaponda and Athena Kugblenu. In Series 101, among the subjects unpicked by Nish Kumar and guests are Brexit Day, the Big Ben Bong...read more

  • BBC Audio

    Nicholas Parsons was the host of the Just a Minute for nearly 52 years - from its first broadcast on 22 December 1967 until his last show on 23 September 2019, aged 96. He was a comedy 'straight man', West End actor, radio personality, game show presenter, chat show host, quiz master supreme, and larger than life stage superstar. Here we celebrate his life and work with a series of programmes compered by Paul Merton, plus Series 85 of Just a Minute - his final series. In Nicholas Parsons: A Man of Many Parts, Paul Jackson tries to pin down the essence of Nicholas Parsons with the help of Paul Merton, Jean Diamond, John Antrobus, Laura Beaumont, Gyles Brandreth, Jill Sinclair and Adrian...read more

  • BBC Audio

    Almost as breathtaking as the treasures from Sutton Hoo, 14 archive episodes of the long-running topical Radio 4 panel show, chaired by Barry Took, Bill Tidy, Simon Hoggart and Sandi Toksvig. Now on display for the first time, these valuable editions can be dated to between 1980 and 2012 and tell us much about the headline-grabbing issues, incidents and individuals of yesteryear. Joining regular panellists Alan Coren, Richard Ingrams, Jeremy Hardy and Andy Hamilton are a treasure trove of guest players including Nigel Dempster, Ian Hislop, Michael Grade, Rory Bremner, Linda Smith, Sue MacGregor, Armando Iannucci, Fred MacAulay, Francis Wheen, Sue Perkins, Josie Long, Hugo Rifkind,...read more

  • BBC Radio

    Sixteen sparkling episodes of the iconic comedy panel show Radio 4's longest-running panel game returns for the first time since the death of much-missed maestro Nicholas Parsons, who chaired the show for over 50 years. Following in his footsteps for Series 86 are an array of special guest hosts, including Paul Merton, Sue Perkins, Nish Kumar, Jenny Eclair, Gyles Brandreth, Lucy Porter, Stephen Fry, Julian Clary, Tom Allen and Jo Brand, while in Series 87, Sue Perkins takes the chair and endeavours to keep the participants in check. All are primed to rule on cases of hesitation, deviation or repetition, as the panellists attempt to speak for 60 seconds on a given subject without...read more

  • BBC Audiobooks

    Spanking New on 7 is BBC7's first original comedy series. Compered by Robin Ince (from BBC2's The Office, E4's The Pilot Show and Radio 4's The In-Crowd) it showcases new or unknown stand-up comedians.This release features the best of the first series, including material not featured in the original BBC7 broadcasts. Spanking New on 7 has an edgier and more adult feel than other BBC comedy broadcasts. It's as close to being in a comedy club as you can get in your own home, but without the overpriced beer and hecklers! ©2004 BBC Audiobooks Ltd. (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks...read more

  • BBC Audio

    Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper are among those talking exclusively about the smash hit 2005 TV series Doctor Who in this BBC Radio 2 documentary, presented by Anthony Head. Project: Who? goes exclusively behind the scenes of Doctor Who to discover how the action-packed new BBC1 series was made, with award-winning writer and executive producer Russell T Davies at the helm. Featuring new and exclusive interviews with the cast and creative team, the programme examines why the BBC decided to launch the new television series now, nearly a decade after the Doctor's last small screen adventure. It also explores how the format of the show was developed for a new audience, how the...read more